Hints and Tips

Research Grant Applications - Hints and Tips

The reasons behind failed or queried Research Grant Applications are usually very similar, if not identical. Following the guidelines below should help you avoid these potential pitfalls, and increase your chances of receiving an award.

1. Demonstrate to the Fund that you have applied for additional funding elsewhere. Do not list the Fund as the sole funder of your project.

2. Visit the Fund website in the first instance. Make sure you download and read the latest versions of all the application material. Don’t keep local copies on file - forms are regularly updated. Using old versions of application materials means that there is a good chance you are not providing crucial information to the Fund.

3. Ensure that your two references are received on time, and that they are sent by the referees independently (i.e. not via you). Referees may send electronic references, provided they are written on their institution’s official headed paper.

4. Make your project stand out - make it sound interesting, groundbreaking and of genuine archaeological interest.

5. Show that you have read and adhered to basic application requirements. Don’t apply for grants larger than £4,000. Don’t apply for funding for things not supported by the Fund, i.e. salaries, DPhil support, core DPhil research etc. DPhil students are eligible to apply for Research Grants as long as the funds will be used for research purposes and not for fees or for living/maintenance costs.

6. If your application is in relation to a larger project, show in detail how the Wainwright portion of your overall funding will be spent. In general, it is better to apply for a grant for a small, self-contained sub-section of a larger project, one that can be broken down into a fair amount of financial detail, than to apply for a grant to contribute towards a significant cost associated with the larger project as a whole, i.e. contributions towards hire of machinery/external contractors etc.

7. The Fund will not support projects for more than three consecutive years. Furthermore, a successful application one year does not mean a successful application the following year. Funds are limited, and different meetings bring fresh applications. If you are applying for a second or third grant in relation to an ongoing project, make sure the committee is aware of any recent or forthcoming publications relating to the project, and ensure timely and regular reports are submitted. Ongoing projects with little or no published output are generally less likely to receive support.