Grants

     

Also see: Archaeology fieldwork bursaries (deadline 15 May)

Grants are made once a year in March. The scope of grants will include research projects in the archaeology of the Romano-British period, educational programmes (e.g. Museum exhibitions, conferences, summer schools and seminars) and publications relating to the same period; it does not include rescue projects. Applications for grants should be made on the appropriate forms: Form A for Research Projects and for Educational Programmes; Form B for Publications. The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 January. Applicants should ask two referees [or one referee in the case of Form B] to send references to the Hon. Secretary of the Trust, to reach her by the appropriate closing date. There are no standard forms for referees.

Application forms
The application forms (MS Word) may be downloaded from this website and may be returned electronically to the honorary secretary by email or printed and returned by post. The selection criteria for the awarding of grants and the conditions attached to grants once awarded are set out in the Notes to Applicants. These too may be downloaded from this website or read below. For a print version of the application form and notes please contact the honorary secretary.

Download Application Form A (Research Projects and Educational Programmes)

Download Application Form B (Publications)

Download Notes to applicants

Contact
Honorary Secretary
Dr Ellen Swift
SECL
Cornwallis Building
University of Kent
Canterbury
KENT CT2 7NF

telephone: 01227 827159 ext. 7898
e-mail: E.V.Swift@kent.ac.uk


Notes to applicants
1. The Board of Trustees of the Roman Research Trust (founded in 1989) now has income available to dispense as grants, the major part of which is derived from a capital sum bequeathed by the late Mrs. Audrey Barrie Brown and established as the Audrey Barrie Brown Memorial Fund.

2. Grants may be major or minor and will be made once a year, in March. Minor grants will not normally exceed £5000 and will be awarded on an annual basis, with the possibility of renewal for up to two further years. A separate application is required for each year. In exceptional circumstances, an additional grant for a further year may be given for work on a specific topic arising from the original research programme.

3. The scope of grants, reflecting Mrs. Barrie Brown's wishes at the time of the bequest, will include research projects in the archaeology of the Romano-British period, educational programmes (e.g. Museum exhibitions, conferences, summer schools, seminars) and publications relating to the same period; it does not include rescue projects.

4. The high level of research costs makes it essential that grants should be used to the best advantage. Subject to the limitations specified above, the Trust will consider applications within the following framework:

(i) projects of limited scale or duration to which the Trust will be a major contributor

(ii) projects based on funds derived from several sources, of which the Trust will be one

(iii) one-year research programmes on specific topics or objects arising from projects previously supported by a grant from the Trust.

5. Applicants are advised that:

(i) applications should include a clear and detailed summary of the research proposal, with a budget and the proposed duration of the work (see item 11 on the Application Form).

(ii) grants will not be awarded for research done in pursuance of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, except where it can clearly be shown that a project, although related to a student's academic work, has an independent research status. In such cases a statement to this effect from the student's Head of Department or Supervisor must accompany the application. Grants to meet the costs of preparation of a thesis or dissertation will not be considered.

(iii) Grants will not be awarded to meet the salaries of persons holding existing appointments but grants for the cost of additional staff (e.g. temporary research assistants) may be considered in exceptional cases. Any such grants will only be considered for named individuals.

(iv) Plans for publication should be stated as precisely as possible.

(v) Applicants must give full details of all applications made to other bodies and should request a specific sum in their application to the Trust. They should include a statement of the minimum sum needed to make the project viable.

(vi) The award of a grant will be conditional on the submission of a report of between 500 and 1000 words as appropriate to the scale of the work, stating how the objectives of the project have been met. This should be accompanied by a separate financial statement showing how the grant from the Trust was used. Both reports must be submitted by 15 November of the year following that for which the grant was made. No further grant will normally be made to any applicant who fails to meet this requirement.

(vii) Trustees of the Roman Research Trust, whose names may be obtained from the Secretary, are debarred from acting as referees.

5. Applications for grants should be made on the appropriate forms: Form A for Research Projects and for Educational Programmes; Form B for Publications.

6. The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 January. The completed application form, in 10 copies, should be sent to the Hon. Secretary of the Roman Research Trust, Dr E. Swift, SECL, Cornwallis Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, KENT CT2 7NF (E.V.Swift@kent.ac.uk).

7. Applicants should ask two referees [or one referee in the case of Form B (Publications)] to send references to the Hon. Secretary of the Trust, to reach her by the appropriate closing date. At least one referee must be professionally active in the study of Roman Britain.They are asked to inform their referees that the Secretary is not able to acknowledge receipt of references.

8. Applicants should note that it is not in their interest to cite a referee who is closely connected with the project, or who is him/herself applying to the Trust, or who is also refereeing another application to the Trust.

9. Any offer of a grant will normally be considered to have lapsed if a satisfactory response has not been received from the successful applicant within 3 months of the offer being made.

Roman Research Trust
September 2011

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