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Small Grants Scheme Awards Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions for Small Grants Scheme applications (comprising the Sylvester Bradley Awards, the Callomon Award, and the Whittington Award). Applicants need not specify which award they are applying for; this will be decided by the Association, as appropriate.

  • Awards are made to assist palaeontological research (travel, visits to museums, fieldwork, analytical costs, etc.), with each award having a maximum value of £1,500.
  • Proposals will be ranked on the following criteria:
    1. Quality, novelty and timeliness, likely outputs
    2. Fit to the charitable aims of the Association
    3. Feasibility, value for money and cost effectiveness
    4. The track record of the applicant
  • Grants are not made to attend meetings.
  • The total project should be achievable within the sum requested, and if applications to other bodies for funding the same project are successful, then payments will not be granted, or will be withheld.
  • Applicants should be members of the Association and applicants for the Sylvester Bradley Award should not normally have been awarded a Ph.D. degree more than 3 years before the date of application.
  • If an application is made for funding that relates to a Ph.D. or a Master’s degree, then a case should be made as to why funding is required above that available for the normal degree programme.
  • Funding will not be made retrospectively
  • Electronic submission of applications, through the website, is preferred and will comprise a CV, an account of project aims and objectives (5000 characters maximum including references), a breakdown of the proposed expenditure, and a summary of the proposed project suitable to appear in the Newsletter.
  • Each application should be accompanied by a reference on the project and the candidate, to be e-mailed to with the same deadline as the project application itself. Applicants are reminded that it is their responsibility to approach a suitable referee, and to make sure that this happens.
  • In normal circumstances awards are made to single individuals, and a case must be made for funding of people other than the applicant.
  • Successful applicants must produce a final report for the Palaeontology Newsletter and are asked to consider the Association’s meetings and publications as media for conveying the research results.
  • Failure to produce a final report within 12 months of receipt of the award could result in the awardee being invoiced for the full value of the award.
  • Receipt of the award must be acknowledged in all published work.
Application proceedure:

Complete the online application form (see below). Among other things, you will be asked to provide:

  • A description of the proposed project (5000 characters max).
  • Detailed costings. If the total project funding sought for an award is in excess of the specified amount then, details must be given of the amount of additional funding being sought, the potential funding body or bodies and the current status of any applications.
  • An e-mail reference from a referee chosen by you to be e-mailed to before the closing date for applications.
  • A 1500 character (max) summary of your proposed project suitable for printing in the Newsletter if your application is successful.

The closing date for applications is 1st November each year.

Created by Alan R.T. Spencer on the 2010-09-22. (Version 2.0)