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Richard West Grant

About the award

The Richard West Grant aims to support an outstanding application of scientific excellence for fieldwork expeditions and/or innovative laboratory-based projects.

This award will support any of the following:

  • Expeditions to remote or challenging environments, including the hiring of local equipment.
  • Laboratory expenses (but not labour costs or the purchase of new equipment). This could include expenses to visit the laboratories of collaborating institutions and consumable costs.
  • Completion of a self-funded project.
  • The development of an innovative technique in the field of Quaternary Science.

The announcement of the successful proposal will be made at the QRA Annual Discussion Meeting. Where possible the work should be scheduled to take place in the 12 months after acceptance of the award, although in well-justified circumstances this can be extended. The QRA will not consider retrospective applications i.e. to support activities that will have occurred prior to the deadline. As with other QRA awards, applications for radiocarbon determinations will not be considered. Applications should be made in the name of the Principal Investigator for the proposed work. Details of the other team members in the proposed project can be provided.

Award Amount

The maximum grant amount is £5500. Normally one grant will be awarded annually. At the discretion of the Awards Panel more than one application may be supported in any calendar year.


This scheme is open to full members (not postgraduates) with 12 months’ membership of the QRA at time of application.

Application details

The online application form will take your details including project title, proposed dates for the scheduled work, a breakdown of the main budget costs, and a 150 word project summary. You must also prepare a Case for Support that outlines the science case for the research and explain fully how the funds will be used. This should be no more than two sides of A4, 12 point single-spaced, including figures and references. A one-page CV for the Principal Investigator must also be uploaded. The Case for Support and CV can be uploaded as a single file not exceeding 50Mb. 

Reporting requirements

Successful candidates will be expected to write a full-length article in the Quaternary Newsletter within 12 months of the end date of the funded activities and a statement of expenditure. These should be submitted by email to the Awards Officer at The applicant will not be eligible to receive further QRA funds for 12 months after the receipt of the report.

Application deadlines

Once per year on 15th September.

Interested in applying?

QRA members can apply for grants using our online application forms on our website.