Since the inception of the program in June 1985, COA has awarded over $200,000 US in grants toward research in malacology. Individual grants range between $1,000 and $2,500. In 2017, the total amount of awarded funding was approximately $25,000.
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 grant budget.
Grants of up to $2,500 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 students.
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.
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:
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.
Applications 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.
All application material must be sent as electronic documents by e-mail to:Dr. Jann Vendetti
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 < 3MB.