Paleonet: Conchologists of America (COA) Academic Grants Program 2017: deadline February 28

Lindsey Groves lgroves at
Thu Dec 8 18:50:39 GMT 2016

This just in courtesy of Jann Vendetti (NHMLAC).  NOTE: Please do not reply to this posting as it will go to the entire group … do send questions and application materials directly to Jann (jannvedetti at<mailto:jannvedetti at> ). Many thanks -- Lindsey

COA Academic Grants Program 2017

Deadline: February 28, 2017

- Degree-seeking students and anyone engaging in malacological research is eligible. Typically, 80–90% of applicants are degree-seeking students, and 80–90% of award recipients are degree-seeking students.<
- Persons of any nationality and country of residence may apply.
- Applicants from previous years may re-apply.
- Recipients of previous years may re-apply, but must include a submitted manuscript to or published article in the American Conchologist based on the previous award.
- Degree-seeking students must have a letter of recommendations by their advisor emailed to jannvendetti at<mailto:jannvendetti at> by the Feb. 28th deadline with the applicant's name is the subject line.

Rules &  Guidelines:
- All submissions must be submitted via email as a .doc, or .pdf., preferably in one file. Keep file size under 3 MB.
- The proposal must concern a malacological topic with any molluscan taxon or taxa as the focus, e.g., parasite studies should focus on the molluscan side of the interaction. All disciplines from autecology to zoogeography, including paleontology, are eligible.
- The project must be self-contained. In other words, with the funding requested it must be possible to answer the question posed. However, the proposal may be a component of the applicant's overall research.

- Permanent equipment is not an allowable expense. Time using a piece of permanent equipment (for example, SEM beam time) is allowable.
- Institutional overhead is not permitted.
- The maximum award is $2500 US. Smaller amounts can be requested and may be more likely to receive funding. Partial funding is possible at the discretion of the Academic Grants Committee.
- If a grant is awarded, please consider options to avoid having to pay personal income tax on it (US citizens and residents must provide their social security number if given award and paid individually.). Many educational and non-profit organizations manage such grants; please inquire with such entities. COA and/or its representatives are not liable for any tax consequences of the award.
- All recipients are expected to submit a summary of their work to American Conchologist within 12 months of receiving the award.
- All applications are evaluated by the Academic Grants Committee composed of three professional malacologists appointed by the Chair of the COA Academic Grants program.
- The decisions of the Committee are final.

Must include 3 components: a proposal, budget, and CV.

Proposal (2-4 pages):

  *   title
  *   abstract of project, not to exceed 150 words
  *   body including background information necessary to understand the project and its significance, materials and methods, and proposed plan of research, and illustrations if necessary
  *   literature cited
  *   single-spaced, 12 point font
Budget (1 page):

  *   list of estimated expenses
  *   list of grants applied to for same/similar project
CV/Academic Biography (I page):

  *   include address, phone number, email address of applicant, academic and/or relevant professional history

Keep the introduction short and relevant; consider that all committee members are broadly trained invertebrate zoologists. Provide justifications and details of analytical procedures including statistical analysis (which tests will be used and why those tests). Provide evidence that the techniques proposed are relevant and reasonably mastered. The inclusion of preliminary data is helpful, when applicable.

Applications are judged by the COA Grants Committee. Awardees will be notified via email in May, 2017, then announced at COA's annual convention (in Key West, Florida Aug. 13-19, 2017). Awardees need not be present at the convention.

All application materials must be emailed as electronic documents to: jannvendetti at<mailto:jannvendetti at>

Jann Vendetti, Ph.D.
Assistant Curator & Twila Bratcher Chair in Malacology
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
jannvendetti at<mailto:jannvendetti at>

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