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 £5,000. However, under exceptional circumstances, a budget of up to £15,000 ,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).
Proposals must fit with the charitable aims of the Association and preference is given to applications for a single purpose (rather than top-ups of grants for existing projects). Applications with an innovative aspect, such as engaging with new media, and especially cases that will disseminate good practice are encouraged.
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.
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.
Deadline is 1 October at 23:59 GMT.
For full details to apply, visit their website.
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