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Early Career Researcher Grants

Deadline(s): 30 September and 1 February

Up to £5000 is available to pump-prime geomorphological research undertaken by an Early-Career Researcher (ECR). We define an ECR as a member of staff who holds an employment contract of 0.2FTE or greater and who started their academic career within four years of the closing date of applications. Note that to be eligible for this scheme, the primary employment function of applicants must be in ‘research’ or ‘teaching and research’, within any HEI or other organisation, whether in the UK or overseas. We regard postdoctoral researchers hired on funded projects as having started their academic career.

ECR awards are intended to support the career development of the named researcher, and although field assistants may be funded, this scheme is NOT intended to support established colleagues. Eligible costs would normally include such items as the costs of field visits, purchase of data, items of equipment, etc. Applicants are advised that the Society does not make awards on a full economic costing basis, and that the following costs are not eligible: salaries, core funding or overheads to institutions, bench fees, charges to access laboratory facilities at your home institution (though the Society will support the direct costs of laboratory consumables where these are fully justified). Applicants must fully JUSTIFY (not merely list) all the resources requested, paying particular attention to the justification for conferences and for subsistence (e.g., during visits, fieldwork or conference attendance) – the BSG is only likely to offer partial support for subsistence, taking into account the normal costs of living. Where funding is sought for dating costs, other bodies such as NERC should be approached first, unless the date is needed urgently or is for a single sample and therefore unlikely to attract NERC support. The Research Sub-Committee reserves the right to adjust the value of awards made to reflect insufficiently justified costs. Where the requested resource is integral to the execution of the proposed research, failure to adequately justify that resource may lead to the proposal being rejected.

Applications will be evaluated for the quality of the research, overall value for money, and for the potential to pump-prime subsequent work. Applications MUST include a description of how an award would help support the development of the grant-holders career.

Applicants to the ECR scheme cannot be a Principal Investigator on any other grant bids to the BSG in the same funding round.

One to two proposals will normally be funded per round, current success rates (based on grants processed in March 2016) are 50%. 

All successful applicants are required to:

  • acknowledge BSG (Wiley) support where relevant (publications and conferences),
  • provide a written report to the Reports Officer for publication on the website,
  • regard Earth Surface Processes and Landforms as the primary outlet for publication of papers and special issues,
  • regard the RGS-IBG Book Series as an outlet for publishing authored monographs or edited volumes.

Grant applications

Members with correct permissions may apply for this Grant...

Application Procedure

Applicants should complete the on-line application form and associated on-line supporting statement.

An email will be generated automatically to confirm successful receipt of the application.

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