Seedcorn Research Grants
For full members and EASP Summer School attendies
The aim of the 'seedcorn' research grants is to assist researchers in developing new research projects. In particular, ‘seedcorn’ grants are intended to support preliminary research which may assist the holder to subsequently obtain larger scale funding from other sources (for full members). In addition, the seedcorn grant may also be used for supporting research that was designed at EASP summer schools (in this case, applicants should be a group of summer school participants).
- Seedcorn grants are restricted to full members of the Association, with the exception that former EASP summer school groups may also apply for this grant. At least one EASP member needs to be part of the summer school group.
- Any member may be awarded a maximum of one seedcorn grant within a period of 5 years (not including Summer School seedcorn grants).
- Scientific merit of proposal. Enough detail should be provided to allow an evaluation of the appropriateness of the theoretical rationale, the soundness of the proposed methods, and the feasibility of the project.
- Academic need and academic benefit: Postdoctoral students from countries/departments which have only limited access to research funds are especially encouraged to apply.
The maximum grant awarded to any one individual will typically not exceed 3000 Euro and will typically be used to compensate participants, purchase consumables or other equipment, and travel costs, where needed.
All applications should be submitted by email to the Executive Officer (including requested attachments).
Applicants should submit:
- A proposal (approximately 1500 words) outlining the nature, objectives and duration of research and its intended outcomes;
- A letter from the head of the institute/department where the research is to be conducted confirming that access to the necessary facilities will be provided;
- A justified budget, including the likelihood/availability of alternative sources of financial support;
- For full members: An updated CV (including publication list)
Deadlines for grants are: March 31st, June 30th, September 30th, and December 30th. The application must be received at least 3 months before the intended start of the research.
Additional Requirements for Successful Applications
The successful applicant will be required to provide a brief (around 1500 words) report, within 6 months after receipt of the grant, outlining the research conducted and the outcomes achieved. Relevant photo(s) would be appreciated. The report and any photo(s) provided by the applicant will be published on the EASP website, and mentioned in the next EBSP issue.