Memorial Funds Grants Program

Colorado Scientific Society

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Grant amount: US $600 - US $1,000

Deadline: Mar 31, 2020

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Conference, Research, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Founded in 1882, The Colorado Scientific Society promotes knowledge, the understanding of science, and its application to human needs, focusing primarily on earth science, but welcoming members with interests in all fields of science.

The Memorial Research Funds of the Colorado Scientific Society award grants in support of earth science research in memory of Ogden Tweto, Steven S. Oriel, Edwin B. Eckel, William G. Pierce, and George L. Snyder. Tweto and Oriel specialized in the geology of Colorado and in the geology of the Wyoming-Idaho thrust belt, respectively, working most of their careers for the U.S. Geological Survey in Denver. Eckel had a diverse career in mineral deposits, engineering geology, and scientific administration. Pierce worked on many geologic problems, but his abiding passion was the Heart Mountain fault in northwest Wyoming. Snyder was a respected authority on Precambrian geology and tectonics in Colorado and Wyoming.

The Tweto and Oriel Funds are primarily used to support field investigations of regional geologic and stratigraphic problems with emphasis on the geology of Colorado and the western overthrust belt, respectively.

The Eckel Fund is used to support studies in engineering geology. The studies are not restricted as to location and may be either topical, laboratory, or field-based, or a combination.

Grants from the Pierce/Heart Mountain Fund are for studies of the Heart Mountain fault, northwest Wyoming, which will allow a better understanding of this shallow, low-angle fault and its mechanism. The Pierce/Heart Mountain Fund has recently been expanded to allow grants for Quaternary studies. These studies may be topical, laboratory, or field-based, or a combination.

The Snyder Fund supports field-based studies in the Rocky Mountains, particularly those involving Precambrian igneous and metamorphic geology and associated basement tectonics. 

Student research grants are made from these five separate funds and are intended to support the scientific interests of each distinguished earth scientist above. The Memorial Research Funds Committee will make the determination as to which fund will be used to support an applicant.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must normally be enrolled in a Masters or Ph.D. program at an accredited college or university, however support for undergraduate student research is encouraged and considered
    • Postdoctoral research may be supported in exceptional cases. 
  • Topics in geology, geochemistry, and geophysics applicable to the specifics of each of the 5 memorial funds ends will be considered for funding. 
  • In general, grants can be used for travel costs, field expenses, cost of materials and supplies, and for other expenses directly related to the fulfillment of the research proposal.


  • Funds are not for:
    • the purchase of ordinary field equipment,
    • the living expenses of assistants or families of the grantees,
    • reimbursement for work already accomplished. 
  • Expenses requested for the purchase or rental of equipment, film, some supplies, or other items usually provided by a college or university, are not favorably regarded.
  • Funds cannot be used to attend professional meetings or to prepare theses (typing, copying, or binding).
  • University administrative overhead or other non-research items are not acceptable expenses.