Awards are made to assist palaeontological research up to a maximum value of £10,000 GBP per award. Normally, grants must support a single research project, or a ‘proof of concept’ proposal with an aim of supporting future applications to national research funding bodies. Field-based projects are also eligible, but the scientific objectives and outcomes of the research must be made clear.
Applications for investigator’s salary costs will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and if awarded all legal and financial liability will lie with the applicant (see: Categories of expenditure for which the Palaeontological Association does not provide support).
Preference is given to applications for a single purpose (rather than top-ups of other grant applications). Applicants must be members of the Association and will normally have a PhD and a successful track record as an independent scientific investigator. Current PhD students (i.e. those who have not yet been awarded a PhD by the application deadline) are not eligible for this scheme and instead should consider the Small Grants Scheme.
Preference will normally be given to candidates who have not previously won an award. Proposals must fit with the charitable aims of the Association.
Proposals will be ranked on the following criteria:
- Scientific quality of research, novelty and timeliness, likely outputs
- Feasibility, value for money and cost effectiveness
- Value for money and cost effectiveness
- The scientific track record of the investigator
At the end of the award period a final report (including receipted accounts) will be submitted for review by the Trustees or, where appropriate, external referees. This final report will also be printed in the Newsletter. Awardees are asked to prioritise the Association’s meetings and publications as media for conveying the research results.
Applications must be submitted electronically through the PalAss website (see below for details of the Required Supporting Information), with a deadline of 1st March. Successful applications will be reported at the May Council meeting, and funds will normally be available from 1st June. The awards will be announced at the AGM.
Applicants are advised that the Association does not offer funding for the following costs, and hence none of these items may be included in any budget proposal submitted to the Association.
- Core funding or overheads for institutions. The Association will fund the directly incurred costs of research on awards but, as a charity, we expect the general running costs (e.g. indirect costs, estate costs, support services, directly allocated staff costs) to be provided by the host research institute. We will therefore not fund on a proportion of full economic costs (fEC) basis. Attention is drawn to paragraphs 3.31 to 3.37 of the Science and Innovation Investment Framework 2004-2014, HM Treasury (July 2004), which explains arrangements for the provision of overheads linked to charity funding to academic institutions.
- Individual items of equipment over £1000 GBP, sites, buildings or other capital expenditure
- Support for the attendance at, or organisation of, conferences, workshops or exhibitions.
- A shortfall resulting from a withdrawal of or deficiency in public finance.
- Student tuition fees and summer research bursaries.
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Applications must be submitted electronically. The application requires your personal details (as the principal applicant), project details within one uploaded PDF document containg the required supporting information (see below), and the details of three referees that may be approached to review the proposal.