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Engagement Grants

Awards are made to encourage educational outreach, public engagement, and related initiatives in palaeontological themes. Normally, the budget for an individual grant would be less than £5000 GBP. However, under exceptional circumstances, a budget of up to £15000 GBP for an individual application will be considered. Grants can support either stand-alone complete projects, or they can be ‘proof of concept’ case studies that have their own outcomes but that form the groundwork for a larger bid elsewhere.

Applications for salary costs are permitted, providing a full justification is given, but 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).

Other conditions

Proposals must fit with the charitable aims of the Association.

Preference is given to applications for a single purpose (rather than top-ups of grants for existing projects). We particularly encourage applications with an innovative aspect, such as engaging with new media, and especially cases that will disseminate good practice.

The principal applicant must be a member of the Association. Preference will normally be given to candidates who have not previously won an award. Funds will normally be available from 1st January each year. The awards will be announced at the AGM.

Proposals will be ranked on the following criteria:

  • Fit to the charitable aims of the Association
  • Imaginative quality, innovation, and likely spread and impact of the proposal
  • Feasibility, value for money and cost effectiveness
  • Track record of the investigator in engagement and education initiatives

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. Appropriate parts of the final report will be published in the Association Newsletter.

Applications must be submitted electronically though the PalAss website (see below for details of the Required Supporting Information).

Successful candidates must produce a report for the Palaeontological Association Newsletter, and any publicity associated with the activity should mention the support of the Association.

Categories of expenditure for which the Palaeontological Association does not provide support

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 the engagement/educational initiative but, as a charity, we expect the general running costs (e.g. indirect costs, estate costs, support services, directly allocated staff costs) to be otherwise covered. 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
  • A shortfall resulting from a withdrawal of or deficiency in public finance.
  • Student tuition fees and summer research bursaries

Deadline

1st October at 23:59 GMT

Online Application

Applications must be submitted electronically.

Required Supporting Information

  1. A CV of the principal applicant, up to TWO A4 pages in length
  2. A 'Case for Support' of up to TWO A4 pages in length which addresses the following points:
    • Underlying rationale and purpose of the proposal
    • Size and nature of audience targeted
    • Specific objectives of the programme
    • Anticipated achievements and outputs
    • Methodology and approach
    • Programme for the action
    • Means of monitoring effectiveness of delivery
    • How the initiative fits the charitable aims of the Association
    • Pending and previous applications (with funding bodies and results) for funds to support this or related projects.
  3. A breakdown of the proposed expenditure, up to ONE A4 page in length. If other individuals are to be involved with the project, this document must include a clear justification of their role(s) and costs.

Note: These three documents must be submitted combined into a single PDF file, single-spaced with a minimum font size of 11 points, and a minimum margin size of 1.5 cm. The file must total less than 8Mb in size.

Online Submission

Application Form

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