COA GRANTS TO MALACOLOGY
Since the inception
of the program in June, 1985, the COA has awarded over $140,290.00
in grants in the field of malacology. Individual grants range
between $1,000 and $1,500 per project. The size of total annual
funding has grown to $15,868 in 2005.
Richard Forbush was the first
chairman of the Grants Program, awarding 2 grants totaling $2000
that year. The chair passed to Dr. R. Tucker Abbott in July,
1988. Dr. Abbott, assisted by Dr. Henry Chaney and Walter E.
Sage, III, began a series of increases in grants that had brought
the annual giving to $6,000 per year by 1993. Funding for these
grants came mainly from the proceeds of the COA Annual Auction.
In June, 1995, Dr. Gary Rosenberg (Academy of Natural Sciences,
Philadelphia) took over COA Grants Committee chairmanship. In
2003, the chair was passed to Dr. José H. Leal (Director,
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum) with Dr. Gary Rosenberg and
Dr. Henry Chaney (Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History) remaining
as committee members.
Besides the annual auction income,
we now also source from other convention income for grants.
Due to the wide fluctuation of our annual convention/auction
income, we find it necessary to pay more attention to enlarging
our endowment donations as well as direct donations to our annual
Typically, grants of up to $1,500
each are given to qualified parties undertaking field or laboratory
research on recent or fossil mollusks, and other molluscan related
projects. Up to 2004, most of the awardees have been citizens
or permanent residents of the Americas or students attending
graduate schools in the United States. Awards are not made to
high school students and rarely are made to undergraduate college
Elsewhere on this web site, you
will see a list of Grantees and their
grant projects giving you an idea of the scope of our program.
INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION
There is no official application form. Applications should not
exceed six pages single spaced and should include the following
- title of project;
- summary of project, not to
exceed 150 words;
- body of the proposal including
background information necessary to understand the project
and its significance, materials and methods, and proposed
plan of research;
- itemized budget of estimated
- literature cited; and
- a one page biography or resume
including address, phone number and other means of contacting
the applicant. (US citizens and residents should include their
social security number.)
- Student applicants should
also submit a letter of recommendation from an academic or
If funding is being requested
from several sources, an overall budget for the project may
be presented, with items and total amount requested from COA
clearly indicated. Normal budget items include supplies, expendable
equipment, and travel expenses. Grants will not cover salaries,
overhead, permanent equipment, conferences or meeting costs.
are judged by the COA Grants Committee. Awards will be announced
at COA's annual convention.
IF A GRANT IS AWARDED, the recipient
must submit a summary of the completed phase of the project
to the chairman of the grant committee within one year of receipt
of the award. This summary need not be longer than one page,
and should report negative as well as positive results. Those
who do not comply will be asked to return the award.
Grant recipients are encouraged
to submit a popular account of their research to the editor
of COA's magazine, American Conchologist.
FOR APPLICATIONS IS EACH YEAR ON FEBRUARY 28
NEW for 2009:
All application material must be sent as electronic documents
by e-mail to:
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History - Invertebrate Zoology
2559 Puesta del Sol Road
Santa Barbara, CA 91364 USA
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com
Use common file
types such as .doc, .rtf or .pdf files, with the entire student
portion of the application in a single file. Keep file size