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. Care costs (e.g. childcare costs) can be factored in to research grant applications where the research could not feasibly be conducted otherwise. The number of grants awarded each year will depend upon the quality of applications and the state of the association's finances.

BABAO offers grants specifically dedicated to the decolonisation of our research, learning and teaching, and diversification of our profession: The Decolonising and Diversifying Osteology and Biological Anthropology (DDOBA) Grants. 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. Please review the separate DDOBA page for more information.

The application round for 2022 opens on the 1st of February 2022, and will close on the 1st of May 2022, 23.59 (GMT).

Further guidance and information on eligibility and what can be funded can be found at the links below. Make sure to review these documents before submission.

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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 2022 grant winners are expected to present at either the 2023 or 2024 conference).