BABAO Research Grants

BABAO offers funding grants for research projects that are available annually, by competition. The competition is open to ALL members of the association who paid their dues by the 31st of January of the application year.

These grants may be used to support research in biological anthropology (on all extant and extinct primates) and osteoarchaeology (human and non-human).

Two types of grants are available. One type is reserved for research in the contract/commercial sector (up to £2,500: £1000 for research costs and £1500 to buy out time from the employer). The other grant is reserved for the academic sector (£1,000 for research costs only). The higher sum available for the commercial sector is to cover the cost of buying out time from their company, to allow for sufficient free time to conduct the research. Applications for more than these sums will not be considered. The number of grants awarded each year will depend upon the quality of applications and the state of the association's finances.

NEW: Following a series of votes by the Trustees, care costs (e.g. childcare costs) can now be factored in to research grant applications where the research could not feasibly be conducted otherwise. Our grants guidance documents are being updated accordingly, in the meantime please contact the Grants Secretary if you have any questions or need any clarification.

The application round for 2021 opens on the 15th February 2021, and will close on the 14th May 2021, 23.59 (GMT).

*NEW FOR 2021

Please see below for information regarding the new Decolonising and Diversifying Osteology and Biological Anthropology (DDOBA) Grants.

Please also note that for projects involving destructive analysis we now require you to complete and submit the additional ‘Destructive Analysis Supplementary Form’ at the same time as this form for your project to be considered for funding.*

Further guidance and information on eligibility and what can be funded can be found at the links below.

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Grant applications will be reviewed by the committee. Please note that incomplete applications and those that do not follow the guidelines will be automatically disqualified. Notification will be given directly to the applicants, the BABAO e-mail list, and the BABAO webpage.

Grant winners are expected to present their research at the BABAO conference within the 2 years following the award (so 2021 grant winners are expected to present at either the 2022 or 2023 conference).

For a list of previous commercial and academic grant winners please click here


New for 2021 - Decolonising and Diversifying Osteology and Biological Anthropology (DDOBA) Grants 

This new grant scheme supports the decolonisation of our research, learning and teaching, and diversification of our profession. In 2021, two grants have been ring fenced for the DDOBA grant scheme, however additional DDOBA grants may be allocated from the Research Grant funding pot should the new scheme be popular. 

This grant scheme operates alongside the current research grant scheme (see above). The amount of funding available, application process, general eligibility criteria and deadlines are the same as the research grant scheme. Both academic (for independent researchers, members employed in research/teaching and students) and commercial applications (where members require ‘buy-out’ from their roles) will be considered.

Applications are eligible for the DDOBA grants if they fulfil one (or more) of the following criteria, which we have divided across four themes:

1. The researcher/s

Applications will be proposed and led by Black, Asian, Indigenous or other minority ethnic scholar/s or, if a collaborative project, include one or more scholars from these backgrounds in the research team. Projects that actively engage students from these backgrounds will also be eligible. 

2. The topic

Applications could cover a topic that includes global regions outside Europe and North America (especially the global south). It may cover a theme which is relevant to diversifying the reach of our research (for example the archaeology of the African diaspora, enslavement or international migrations). Alternatively, the research may aim to interrogate colonialism and racism in our field and/or identify ways to address extant structural biases.

3. Engagement

Applications will engage Indigenous, minority or other underrepresented communities in its research process or explore/develop strategies for doing so in equitable and respectful ways.

4. Explicitly address the decolonisation of biological anthropology through another means

To be considered for a DDOBA grant, please complete Section 8 when completing one of the BABAO Research Grants application forms (see above for links) and explain briefly how your work fits the DDOBA eligibility criteria. 

Not sure whether to apply? Need some help?

We are particularly eager to support students, early career researchers and early career professionals who might lack experience in grant writing to apply for the DDOBA grants. We encourage members within these groups to contact the grant secretary ( for informal advice at the beginning of the application process.