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Research Grants

Faber Research Grant
The Recognition and Grants Committee requests proposals for the Faber Research Grant, a cash grant of up to $1000, to support an innovative project addressing issues on the management, care, conservation, or use of natural history collections.

Applicants for this Grant must be SPNHC members in good standing for at least one year prior to the award date. The successful applicant will be expected to 1) present a final or interim report at the Annual Meeting of the Society and 2) publish the results, with the understanding that the manuscript will be sent first to the SPNHC Publications Committee for first right of refusal. Each applicant may submit only one proposal per funding period. The cover sheet should include a project title, name(s) of project personnel (including title, address, phone number and email), and a single line spaced 100 word abstract describing the proposed project. The proposal text should include a statement of purpose, project plan (e.g., participants, methods, materials, schedule of completion, etc.), and proposed use of funds. The application document should be formatted to have one inch margins, a font with 10-12 characters per inch, and double line spacing. The application, including cover page, should not exceed 10 pages. Curriculum vitae of the principal investigator and letters of commitment may be single spaced and attached as an appendix.

Questions and proposals should be directed to the Chair of the Recognition & Grants Committee and must be submitted by February 1st of each calendar year.

Travel Grants

The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) has a Travel Grant program designed to assist members with the costs of attending the Society's annual meeting. Two grant schemes are available;

Fitzgerald Travel Grants are for a minimum of $750 each, with a maximum of four grants per year. Preference will be given to graduate students or emerging professionals in fields related to the management and conservation of natural history collections.

The Christine Allen Travel Grant is a single grant of $750. Preference will be given to graduate students or emerging professionals in fields related to the management and conservation of natural history collections and with a focus on physical care and conservation of collections.

Awardees are required to make either an oral or poster presentation at the meeting, and to be the first author on the presentation. Receipt of the grants is contingent on the acceptance of the applicant’s abstract by the local committee for the meeting. Mentors are provided for each successful applicant for the duration of the meeting as well as assistance before and after the meeting with attendance planning, abstract and oral or poster presentation, submission for publication etc.

Applicants should be members of the Society. Applicants from the institution hosting the meeting will not be eligible.

The Society’s Travel Grant program is managed by the Recognitions and Grants Committee, in collaboration with the Mentorship Committee and the Professional Development Committee, but its specific application within a given year is usually carried out by the Annual Meeting Local Organizing Committee (LOC). Contact details for local organizing committees can be found on the Annual Meeting page.