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Awards are made to assist palaeontological research up to a maximum value of 15000 GBP. Normally, grants could support single research projects or 'proof of concept' proposals 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). The award is open to both amateur and professional palaeontologists, but applicants will normally have a PhD as a minimum qualification and must be members of the Association. Preference will normally be given to candidates who have not previously won an award. Proposals must fit with the charitable aims of the Association. Funds will normally be available from 1st June each year. The awards will be announced at the AGM.
Proposals will be ranked on the following criteria:
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 Palaeontology Newsletter.
Applications must be submitted electronically, and should comprise:
These three documents must be submitted as a single PDF file, single-spaced with a minimum font size of 11 points, and a minimum margin size of 1.5cm. This file must total less than 8Mb in size.
Successful candidates must produce a report for Palaeontology Newsletter and are asked to prioritise the Association's meetings and publications as media for conveying the research results.
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.
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