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Research Grants

Deadline: 30th September and 1st February

Full Member Research Grants are available to

  • contribute towards the specific costs (e.g., travel for research, consumables, etc) of research projects proposed by full members of the Society.
  • establish fixed-term working groups to discuss and take forward specific developments or topic areas within geomorphology. Fixed-term working groups are intended to address areas in which rapid developments are taking place, or in which key issues are arising which would be aided by increased communication between small communities of interested researchers. Working Groups will normally comprise 5-15 members but meetings will be advertised and open to all BSG members. The BSG will provide funds to facilitate meetings, aid dissemination and publication of group research activity, and will fund up to 3 fixed-term groups at any one time.
  • set up and maintain long-term geomorphological monitoring. Applications for funds to support long-term geomorphological monitoring should demonstrate that this will provide crucial information that is presently unavailable. It is expected that data collected during monitoring will be made available to members of the BSG and applicants will need to demonstrate how they will facilitate this.
  • establish working groups to undertake the preliminary work required to develop proposals for Research Council thematic programmes and/or responsive-mode grants

It is expected that awards will only exceed a value of £2000 in exceptional circumstances.

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 any resources requested. 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.

Applicants should outline the full cost of the research, taking care to fully justify any resources requested from the BSG. Particular attention should be paid to justifying requests 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. Applicants are also required to provide details of how any additional costs associated with the project (i.e. those not requested from the Society) will be met, indicating how the request for support relates to any existing projects. Value may be added to proposals if applicants can demonstrate matched or partial funding from other sources. Where competition for grants is strong and applications are of equal scientific merit, preference may be given to applications for funding that can clearly lead to a grant application to, for example, a Research Council or other major funding agency.

All successful applicants are required to

  • acknowledge BSG (Wiley) support where relevant (publications and conferences),
  • provide a written report to the Reports Officer for 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,
  • claim their awards within 1 month of notification, otherwise the BSG reserve the right to withdraw the award.

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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