The  Wenner Grenne Foundation invites applications for its 2014-2015 International Collaborative Research Grant (ICRG).  The grant supports international research collaborations between two or more qualified scholars, where the principal investigators bring different and complementary perspectives, knowledge, and/or skills to the project.
Supplemental funds are also available to provide essential training for academic research participants in ICRG-funded projects (co-applicants, students, as well as other professional colleagues).
By encouraging international collaborations, the grant contributes to the development of an international anthropology that values and incorporates different national perspectives and resources. By providing training funds, the grant helps to build capacity in countries were anthropology may be under-resourced.
Worth of Award

  • The grants are for a maximum of $30,000 for the research project.
  • Proposals which include the optional training element can have an increased funding request up to a maximum of $35,000, of which no more than $10,000 can be for essential training purposes. \
  • Principal Investigators must hold a doctorate or equivalent in anthropology or a related discipline.
  • Proposals must involve collaboration between two or more researchers of different nationalities who are working in different countries. Each researcher must hold a doctorate or equivalent qualification in anthropology or a related discipline. Scholars are eligible without regard to institutional or departmental affiliation.
  • Priority is given to those projects involving at least one principal investigator who is a citizen of, and is working and residing in a country where anthropology is underrepresented and where there are limited resources to develop the discipline [ click here for country list ]. Other international collaborations will, however, be given serious consideration where they are consistent with at least two of the following aims of the Foundation to:
  • Bring together researchers with different national perspectives that complement each other and enrich the research
  • Strengthen anthropology in countries where there are limited resources to support its development
  • Combine different areas of expertise and knowledge that will benefit both researchers
  • The applicant and co-applicant/s must be equal partners in the collaboration. Ideally they will work together at the research site, but other patterns of collaboration will be considered. Priority is given to new collaborations, but an independent project within a larger, long-term collaboration can also be considered.
  • Funding is to support the collaboration of scholars for the purpose of conducting an academic research project. The maximum amount available for research purposes is $30,000. Applications seeking funding primarily for other purposes, such as education, writing, or filmmaking are not eligible under this program. However, some of these activities may be supported if they are necessary and integral for the research.
  • If a training element is also included in the application, the maximum amount of the requested funds can be increased to $35,000. Of this amount a maximum of $10,000 can be used towards technical and methodological training of academic project personnel (co-applicant/s, students, and other professional colleagues). The training can be of any type that will build the skill and knowledge base of the collaborating personnel. Training is primarily intended for research personnel who come from countries where anthropology is underrepresented and where there are limited resources to provide the relevant training in the home country [click here for country list ]. Training for research personnel from other countries may be considered, but a strong case needs to be made for this training in the context of the aims and objectives of the ICRG proposal.
  • If any of the applicants is a current or past grantee of the Foundation s/he must have completed all the requirements of their existing grant, including submission of the final report, before a new application can be accepted. Please contact the Foundation for more information if this situation applies.
  • ICRG applications that were unsuccessful in a prior funding cycle may be resubmitted only if they are accompanied by a resubmission statement, explaining how the application is different from the prior application and how the referees’ comments have been addressed.
  • If an International Collaborative Research Grant is awarded, the applicant must agree to comply with the Requirements and Conditions of the International Collaborative Research Grant.

Eligibility

  • Proposals must involve collaboration between two or more researchers of different nationalities who are working in different countries. Each researcher must hold a doctorate or equivalent qualification in anthropology or a related discipline. Scholars are eligible without regard to institutional or departmental affiliation.
  • Priority is given to those projects involving at least one principal investigator who is a citizen of, and is working and residing in a country where anthropology is underrepresented and where there are limited resources to develop the discipline. Other international collaborations will, however, be given serious consideration where they are consistent with at least two of the following aims of the Foundation to:
    • Bring together researchers with different national perspectives that complement each other and enrich the research
    • Strengthen anthropology in countries where there are limited resources to support its development
    • Combine different areas of expertise and knowledge that will benefit both researchers
  • The applicant and co-applicant/s must be equal partners in the collaboration. Ideally they will work together at the research site, but other patterns of collaboration will be considered. Priority is given to new collaborations, but an independent project within a larger, long-term collaboration can also be considered.
  • These are the main eligibility conditions. For others see their website (link below)

How to apply

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  • The success rate for the International Collaborative Research Grant is approximately 15-20 percent. Given the degree of competition the Foundation advises applicants to follow closely all the procedures for completing the application.
  • Applications must be submitted on the most recent official application form. Application forms and guidelines for completing these forms are available three months before each application deadline.
  • The Foundation operates an online application submission procedure. All applications and other materials must be submitted online. If it is not possible to submit your application online because of inadequate internet access in your country of origin, you must notify the Foundation at least one week before the deadline to arrange to submit an application by conventional mail ([email protected]).
  • In addition to the online submission, applicants must send one (1) printed copy of the application form and attachments, PLUS four (4) additional copies of the application form only, to the Foundation.  This material must be postmarked by the application deadline (and received by the Foundation no later than two weeks after the deadline) or your application will not be reviewed.
  • Application can only be made within three months of the application deadline.
  • Applications must be in English.
  • Applicant and Co-Applicant must be based in different countries.
  • Students are not eligible Applicants or Co-Applicants.
  • The International Collaborative Research Grant application asks for the following categories of information:
  • General information about the applicants and the project
  • An Abstract of your proposed research. If your application is successful, this abstract will appear on the Foundation’s website. Please make sure your abstract is written in a style that is clearly understandable to a non-specialist

o   The answers to six research project description questions
o   If you are including the training element in your application you will be asked to provide the answers to two additional training questions
o   All responses should be carefully prepared. Applicants are advised to read the questions and instructions as they develop their answers.
o   A resubmission statement (if the current application is a resubmission of a previously declined application)
o   A detailed budget
o   A bibliography relevant to your proposed project
o   Curriculum vitae of Applicant, Co-Applicant/s and other co-principal investigators

  • Please note that research permits and/or special visas are not required at the application stage. If an application is successful, the Foundation will request copies of the relevant permits. Grant funds will not be released to a grantee until the Foundation has received copies of all relevant permits.

Please list the permit(s) required for the proposed project and the estimated date(s) by which you expect to secure them. Your knowledge of the permits required for your project will help demonstrate your awareness of feasibility and ethics issues for your research, as well as your preparedness to begin. Depending on the project, examples of permits can include research visas, approvals or exemptions from Internal Review Boards and/or Ethics Committees, Human Subjects Approvals, Animal Care and Use approvals, government clearances, excavation permits, letters of affiliation, and permissions from the local scientific, academic, museum, institutional or tribal authorities involved in oversight of your research area. Please do not contact the Foundation to ask which permits you need: instead consult with your contacts and/or advisors.

  • Before submitting your grant application, please read the information on US tax issues applicable to all grantees click here for more information.
  • Non-US Citizens should read the information on Non-US Citizens who are present or coming to the United States as part of their research project click here for more information.
  • Successful applicants are required to comply with all US laws. This includes, but is not limited to, regulations governed by the US Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). OFAC administers US Government sanction programs and regulations pertaining to the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List). Please consult the US Department Treasury website for more information on US Government sanction programs and the SDN List atwww.ustreas.gov/offices/enforcement/ofac.

Special documentation is required for research projects located in the following countries where US Government sanctions are in place: Cuba, Iran, Burma (Myanmar), North Korea, Sudan and Syria. This documentation is not required at the stage of application, but must be submitted to the Foundation before grant funds are disbursed to successful applicants. (click here for more information)

  • Do not send any other materials, such as letters of recommendation, computer disks, manuscripts, publications, photographs, or recordings to the Foundation in support of your application. This material will not be used in the review process and cannot be returned.

Deadline: Application deadlines for International Collaborative Research Grants are June 1 and December1, 2014

The June 1 deadline is for applicants requesting funding starting in January through June of the following year. The December 1 deadline is for applicants requesting funding starting in July through December of the following year.
Final decisions are made six months after the application deadlines.
Click here to start your application online