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Early Career Researcher Grants

Deadline(s): 30 September and 1 February

Up to £7500 is available to pump-prime geomorphological research undertaken by an Early-Career Researcher (ECR). We define an ECR as a member of staff 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 a Higher Education Institution or other similar organisation, whether in the UK or overseas, and not within a consultancy or statutory body. We regard postdoctoral researchers hired on funded projects as having started their academic career. If applicants are not currently employed you must be able to justify your feasibility to conduct the research in terms of insurance, H&S requirements and access to equipment, field assistance and laboratory facilities as appropriate.

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), and conferences. 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 research visits or fieldwork) – 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.

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,

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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