Awards and Grants
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To recognise work, expertise or publications considered to be outstanding, the Society has three awards with which it can indicate this recognition.
These are the Verco Medal for Fellows of the Society, the Andrewartha Medal for early career stage researchers and the Publication Medal for an outstanding paper submitted to the Transactions by a young scientist.
Also, in recognition of the difficulty there may be in accessing money for a small research project by a student or perhaps retired member, there is a grant system available.
Small Research Grants Scheme
RSSA awards small grants for research work in the following fields: ecology, botany, zoology, geology, geomorphology, palaeontology, geophysics, anthropology, soil science, environmental science, environmental remediation, and archaeology.
The aim of the scheme is to promote high quality natural history research that is unlikely to be funded through larger nationally competitive schemes. The Society specifically wishes to support research by those unable to acquire funding from major grant agencies, such as postgraduate students, Early Career researchers and those outside of Universities.
Opening and closing dates are set each year but are usually around Mid April and close Late May (download form below for dates).
Applicants notified of outcome: Approximately one month after closing date
1. The Primary Applicant must be a member of the RSSA for 2021 (other named applicants do not have to be members). If the applicant is a student member of the RSSA, one of their supervisors must also be a member of the RSSA.
2. The Primary Applicant can only submit one application for funding. Grant recipients from within the past 5 years are ineligible.
3. The funding request should be for a standalone research project i.e. not cover funding shortfalls in a current project. This research project may an extension of an existing funded research programme or it may form part of a larger PhD project, but the requested funding needs to be for a discrete and entire research component of that project. Institutional overheads or university infrastructure are not eligible for inclusion.
4. The grant is paid as a single instalment.
5. RSSA is to be acknowledged as a funding provider in all presentations and publications arising from the supported research..
6. Recipients are to give an oral presentation to an Ordinary General Meeting of the society within 18 months of being awarded the grant. Recipients are strongly encouraged to submit project findings for publication in the Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia.
7. Research with direct commercial application will not be supported.
8. Research involving humans or animals must be approved by a relevant institutional research ethics committee.
9. If the research is not carried out within two years of the funding being awarded it is to be returned to the Society. Funds are non-transferrable to other research projects.
Application form: Click here