of the program
in June, 1985,
the COA has
in the field
The size of
grown to $15,868
2 grants totaling
to Dr. R.
in July, 1988.
began a series
that had brought
year by 1993.
from the proceeds
of the COA
In June, 1995,
Dr. Gary Rosenberg
In 2003, the
H. Leal (Director,
with Dr. Gary
and Dr. Henry
we now also
to the wide
of our annual
find it necessary
to pay more
as well as
to our annual
of up to $2,500
each are given
field or laboratory
Up to 2004,
most of the
of the Americas
in the United
are not made
to high school
made to undergraduate
on this web
will see a
an idea of
of our program.
With the 2018 round of competitions for the Academic Grants offered by the Conchologists of America, some significant changes are being implemented.
Please read the new instructions carefully. If you have any questions, please feel free to inquire with the chairman, Dr. Jann Vendetti.
The application is restricted to five single-spaced pages in 12 point font for the proposal, including illustrations. A one-page CV accompanies the application, structured as follows:
body of the proposal including background information necessary to understand the project and its significance,
materials and methods, and proposed plan of research;
a one page
Degree-seeking students must have a letter of recommendations by their advisor sent by the deadline.
All submissions are done electronically in widely readable file formats (.doc, .pdf). Keep file size under 3 MB.
The application must focus on a malacological topic; e.g., parasite studies should
focus on the molluscan side of the interaction. All disciplines from autecology to zoogeography,
including paleontological disciplines, are covered.
Permanent equipment is not allowed in the application. If in doubt, please inquire with the Chair before submitting the application.
Institutional overhead is not permitted.
All recipients are expected to submit an account of their work to American Conchologist.
All applications are evaluated by the Academic Grants Committee composed of three professional malacologists
appointed by the Chair of the COA Academic Grants program.
The decision of the Committee is final.
The total funding for the academic grants program has increased from previously $20,000 to $25,000.
The maximum award is increased from previously $1500 to $2500. Smaller amounts can be requested and
those applications tend to fare better. Partial funding is an option and at the sole discretion of the Academic Grants Committee.
The project of the application must be self-contained. With the funding requested it must be possible to answer the question posed. The proposal may only be a sub-component of the overall research.
If some other funding has already been secured by the applicant (not applied for), this may be taken into account.
An example of a non-compliant application would be field work and cost intensive analysis of those field-collected samples (e.g., DNA sequencing, mass spectroscopy, EM), where COA funds of $2,500 for analysis only are requested, but field work is not firmly covered.
• COA award winners will be issued a personal check (in US dollars) for their requested funding (or a portion of it). COA will not issue checks to research institutions and/or universities. Please consider this when applying for this grant and handling this award if your grant proposal is funded. ).
Many educational and non-profit organizations manage such grants; please inquire with such entities.
COA and/or its representatives are not liable for any tax consequences of the award.
Keep the introduction short and relevant; consider that all committee members are broadly trained invertebrate zoologists; e.g.,
we know that mollusks are Bilateria. Avoid hyperbole (e.g., solving global warming). Focus on what YOU want to do. Do provide
justifications and details of analytical procedures including statistical analysis (which tests will be used and why those tests?).
Evidence that techniques are reasonably mastered is advantageous, as are any sort of preliminary data. You do not need to fill all five pages of the proposal.
A GRANT IS
of the completed
phase of the
of the grant
year of receipt
of the award.
need not be
as well as
do not comply
will be asked
to the editor
of COA's magazine,
Twila Bratcher Endowed Chair in Malacological Research
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
in a single