Palaeontological Association Research Grants

Palaeontological Association

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Deadline: Mar 1, 2022

Grant amount: Up to £10,000

Fields of work: Paleontology

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty, Unaffiliated Researcher, Research Scientist

Funding uses: Research

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Degree requirements: Applicants must have a completed PhD

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Awards are made to assist palaeontological research up to a maximum value of £10,000 GBP per award. Normally, grants should support a single research project, or a ‘proof of concept’ proposal 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.

Proposals will be ranked on the following criteria:     

  • Scientific quality of research, novelty and timeliness, likely outputs
  • Feasibility
  • Value for money and cost effectiveness
  • The scientific track record of the investigator

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


  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • The Association will fund the directly incurred costs of research on awards.
  • Proposals must fit with the charitable aims of the Association.
  • Applicants must be members of the Association and will normally have a PhD and a successful track record as an independent scientific investigator.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member.


  • Preference is given to applications for a single purpose (rather than top-ups of other grant applications).
  • Preference will normally be given to candidates who have not previously won an award.


  • 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.
      • We expect the general running costs (e.g. indirect costs, estate costs, support services, directly allocated staff costs) to be provided by the host research institute.
      • 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    
    • Support for the attendance at, or organisation of, conferences, workshops or exhibitions.    
    • A shortfall resulting from a withdrawal of or deficiency in public finance.    
    • Student tuition fees and summer research bursaries.
    • Current PhD students (i.e. those who have not yet been awarded a PhD by the application deadline) are not eligible for this scheme and instead should consider the Small Grants Scheme.

This page was last reviewed March 03, 2021 and last updated March 03, 2021