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Carer Support Grant

Caring responsibilities can sometimes be hard to balance alongside an academic career. The BSG therefore has instituted a “Carer Support Grant”, which will help carers undertake dedicated geomorphology-related academic activities (e.g. attending conferences, meetings, workshops; or conducting field-based research; or partaking in national/international internship; …) that they might not otherwise be able to undertake because of their care responsibilities. The proposed grant scheme offers up to £500 in support, which can be used towards any additional caring costs incurred by the carer whilst undertaking the academic activity.



The BSG Carer Support Grant offers up to £500 per award.

Normally, up to £1000 in grant money is available per grant round. Thus, two or three Carer Support Grants can be awarded in each round, depending on the amounts requested.



Applications for the BSG Carer Support Grant are due at normal grant rounds deadlines (i.e. 30 Sep and 1 Feb).



The BSG Carer Support Grant is available to all BSG members.

Previous Carer Support Grant awardees can apply for a subsequent Carer Support Grant. However, priority will be given to those who have not previously claimed. For applicants seeking support for conference attendance, priority may be given to those who will be presenting.

Normally, the BSG will not allow an applicant to submit more than one grant application in each BSG grant round – even if these are for different BSG grant schemes. The Carer Support Grant is an exception to this. Thus, an applicant can, for example, apply for a BSG Research Grant or a BSG Conference Attendance and can apply for a supplementary Carer Support Grant in the same round. However, each Carer Support Grant application will be assessed on its own merits (e.g. having been awarded a BSG Research Grant does not increase the chances of being awarded a supplementary BSG Carer Support Grant, or vice versa).

Applications must be submitted prior to the activity. Retrospective applications will not be considered.


allowed activities

The BSG Carer Support Grant is available to carers who wish to undertake dedicated geomorphology-related academic activities. These activities include:

  • geomorphology-related conferences, meetings or workshops (also non-BSG events)
  • geomorphology-related training or professional development events (also non-BSG events)
  • geomorphology-related field-based research
  • geomorphology-related national or international internship


acceptable expenses

The BSG appreciates that the arrangements members have in place may be varied and we do not wish to place restrictions on how the Carer Support Grant will be used, except that it must contribute towards additional caring costs incurred by the carer whilst undertaking their academic activity. However, the grant cannot be used to cover costs for care that would be in place irrespective of the activity. Acceptable expenses include (but are not limited to) the cost of alternative care either at the conference/fieldwork location or in the applicant’s home location, whilst the applicant is undertaking geomorphology-related academic activity, e.g.

  • extra home help or nursing care for a dependant whilst the member will not be present
  • additional medical/respite care for a dependant whilst the member will not be present
  • travel expenses to allow a dependent and/or a relative/carer to accompany the member in order to care for the member’s dependant whilst they attend a meeting or event
  • extended hours with a care worker/childminder/play scheme to allow the member to return home later than normal.

Please note that the BSG Carer Support Grant will not cover the cost of the academic activity itself (e.g. fieldwork cost, conference travel cost, conference registration for member, …).



The application should provide an overview of the intended activity and how the applicant would benefit from partaking in that activity. The application should also outline the need and nature of the carer support that will requested.

The BSG recognizes that, at the time of application, applicants may not be able to state with certainty the alternative care arrangements they will make. Thus, the application should include an indication of intended plans and likely costs.


evaluation criteria

As the BSG Carer Support Grant can be used to support a wide range of allowed academic activities (see above), there is no single evaluation criterion. Instead, applications are evaluated on the academic value of the academic activity that is enabled. Applicants will need to make the case that the dedicated geomorphology-related activity to be undertaken will be of notable value to the applicant’s career and/or to the discipline.



All recipients are requested to complete a short form following completion of their activity, confirming their participation and any benefit obtained. Recipients may also wish to comment on the effectiveness of the fund contributing to additional caring costs. Proof of receipts for the costs being claimed are necessary.

Recipients are expected to acknowledge the BSG’s support (e.g. BSG grant reference number) in any outputs that may arise from the activity undertaken. BSG follows the UK Concordat on open data and we would normally expect any recipients of funding to adhere to this policy. BSG maps to HEFCE and RCUK policy on publishing and expects results to be published using at least a green open access route.

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.

The maximum funding is listed in the call. It is the applicant's respnsibility to check the maximum amount in each scheme. 

For OSL grants the "funding" can be left blank as the assumption is the funding will be for 6 OSL samples. 

For Carer, OSL and Decolonising geomorphology grants please select "full member grant" from the drop down list in the grant type but then indicate the scheme in your grant title.  

Click here for details of the assessment criteria and procedures.


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