Research Grants

Application Guidelines

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Granting Semester Due Dates

Semester

Deadline

Notification

Spring January 5th May 15th
January 15th
(resubmissions from previous cycle)
Fall July 15th December 15th

PLEASE NOTE: Deadlines require that the proposal be received by the Foundation office on the date indicated. If the deadline falls on a weekend, the application will be due by the end of the next business day.

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Formal Application

We now only accept applications through our online system. Please click here for links to the application.

A formal application is required for Research Grants. If you are concerned as to whether your research topic is eligible, contact the Foundation at least a month ahead of the application deadline. Relevance of your project to understanding human origins must be explicit throughout your application.

Contact the Foundation office to make sure you have the most up-to-date information. Complete the formal application in English.

Your application must be legible and reproducible. All PDF sections of your application must adhere to the following guidelines. All applicants must use the following formatting instructions. Applications which do not comply with these instructions will not be accepted for review:

  • In PDF format, page size appx. 8 1/2″ x 11″
  • Dark (black) type
  • At least 12 point typeface (typeface this size or larger)
  • At least 1/2 inch margins
  • Do not attempt to squeeze more text onto a page by using smaller typefaces or margins.
  • Readability is a more important concern than page count for all sections.
  • Smaller typefaces are allowed in the reference list only.

Data Sharing Statement

The Leakey Foundation, like other funding agencies and journals, believes that transparency, openness and accountability are essential parts of the scientific process, and we expect results/data of projects funded by The Foundation to be published in a timely manner.

The Leakey Foundation also aims to promote the sharing of data in an appropriate manner consistent with the needs of our grantees, but with the recognition that different fields of study require different approaches to data sharing. It is recommended that each applicant provide a brief statement (no more than one paragraph) of how they intend to make the data resulting from their Leakey Foundation grant available to others.

Who Should Apply

If the primary work of the project with which you are involved will be performed by a graduate student for whom you are the advisor, the project should be submitted under the graduate student’s name, and will be subject to the funding limitations for PhD Candidates.

Instructions

Read and carefully follow the instructions for completing the application. If the application is not completed correctly, it will be returned to the applicant for revision and deferred until the next granting session. It is extremely important that you comply with all requirements.

Deadlines

In order for your application to be accepted for review, all of the required materials must be received on or before the stated deadlines of January 5 (January 15th for resubmissions from previous cycles) and July 15.

Special Figures and Tables

Supplemental figures and tables may be submitted. Figures and tables must be legible. Please do not submit scans of maps or graphs that are photocopied or scanned faintly or extremely reduced in size. Color scans are welcome.

Research Costs Appropriate for Support

Suggested major categories include the following: subsistence (food and lodging, per diem), expendable supplies, travel (airfare, local or ground transportation), fees (park or museum), personnel (justify in project description), special analysis costs (C14, SEM, pollen analysis, etc.). The Leakey Foundation does not allow institutional overhead of any kind.

Submit a separate budget for project-specific equipment. The purchase of expensive permanent equipment such as computers, cameras, video and recording equipment, vehicles, boats, etc. is not generally funded by the Leakey Foundation. Applicants are advised to request such items from other granting agencies.

Former Leakey Foundation Grantees

The required financial accounting statement and final report on your previous research project must be submitted prior to submitting a new application. This directive is in compliance with IRS regulations as well as with your signed agreement. Proposals will not be accepted from applicants who do not comply with this requirement.

Foreign Applicants

Application forms must be completed in English. Provide English translations of any letters of permission or other attachments in another language.

Peer Review Process

Grant proposals are sent to scientists with pertinent expertise for peer review, evaluated by the Scientific Executive Committee, and must be approved for funding by the Board of Trustees. Applicants are welcome to suggest potential peer reviewers.

Edited reviews will be sent to applicants. These reviews are intended to offer constructive criticism. Final decisions are also based on consideration of the current applicant pool, the relevancy of your proposal to understanding human origins, and the funds available during a given year.

Urgent Funding Requests

Applications submitted between deadlines which request immediate review because of urgent research will be accepted on a very limited basis. A thorough explanation of the urgency of the research must accompany any such request.

How to Contact Us

Paddy Moore, Grants Officer

The Leakey Foundation
1003B O’Reilly Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129-1359
USA

Telephone: (415) 561-4646
FAX: (415) 561-4647
E-mail: grants@leakeyfoundation.org