In its first two and half years of operation the Honor Frost Foundation made grant and other commitments of over £1,000,000 for marine and maritime archaeology projects and training and education with a focus on the Eastern Mediterranean up to and including its October 2014 application round.
HFF Grant deadlines are available twice a year with applications due in April and October with awards being announced normally within four months of the deadlines.
On an exceptional basis the Trustees are willing to consider out of cycle requests and applications for projects of special interest but would prefer that such requests are tied to the Foundation’s April and October grant deadlines, unless there are compelling time-sensitive requirements for out of cycle consideration. The Foundation should be contacted via email with a preliminary one page outline of any special project requests.
In addition, the Foundation has established a new funding scheme with the British Academy for BA/HFF Small Research Grants in Maritime Archaeology and Maritime Cultural Heritage, which follow the British Academy’s BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant Scheme. These grants do not have any regional focus, but require that there is a UK-based scholar as lead applicant and all applications are handled by the British Academy through its e-gap application process. The next deadline for applications will be in the Spring as the last deadline was 14 October 2015. The website will be open in Spring 2016 for the next applications through the e-gap application process.
HFF Grants are available to independent scholars, affiliated scholars and institutions. The Foundation only supports the direct costs of any activity, and does not pay for any university overheads. The Foundation also welcomes applications from students studying for a Doctorate or similar higher research degrees to support travel, fieldwork and related costs needed for their research. The Foundation will, however, not support the costs of tuition fees, food and accommodation – other than when travelling for research.
The HFF grants are intended to support or facilitate research projects covering any period or aspect of maritime and marine archaeology and maritime cultural heritage. It is equally envisaged that support will be given to training, publications, workshops and conference with regional involvement, conservation work, museum exhibitions, public engagement and education in maritime archaeology and the protection of underwater cultural heritage. The Foundation’s primary focus is directed towards projects based in the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as projects aligned to Honor Frost’s interests. Projects related to the development of methodology and technology within Maritime Archaeology will also be considered.
Individual grants will not normally exceed £10,000, which could be the total direct costs of a piece of work, a contribution to work already in progress, or the cost of a pilot study that might in due course lead to a major research project or for publications, as well as, training opportunities for individuals from the Foundation’s regional remit and other appropriate purposes aligned to the Foundation’s mission. The project budget can also include the cost of equipment needed to undertake the activity but an explanation of the importance and purpose of equipment to the project is required.
Applications from institutions and scholars based in the Eastern Mediterranean are given priority with a particular focus on Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria. The Foundation gives preference to projects showing strong collaboration with regional partners, particularly those with local training opportunities.
The deadline for the next round of HFF Grant Applications is 1 April 2016 and Grant Awards will normally be announced within four months. Please use the HFF online Application Form.
Please provide the names of two referees whom you will have contacted directly to request references to be sent to the Foundation by 15 April or 15 October (as appropriate) for your HFF grant application. We also reserve the right to obtain evaluations from other experts in the field on the relevant project. If you are a PhD student, please ask for one reference from your PhD supervisor and one from someone outside your current academic institution. All applicants should ensure they have informed the named referees well in advance about this request to adhere to the deadline date. We highly recommend that you send them copies of the application. It is preferable to use the HFF reference form on the website and you should advise them accordingly along with the appropriate deadline for references.
Grantees will be required to provide a summary of their project with an image for the HFF website and upon completion of the project, grantees must provide a written report of their work and provide a separate accounting of expenses. All or part of grantees’ reports may be published on the HFF website and possibly in future HFF newsletters. A summary of our Grant Conditions can be viewed here. All the necessary permission must be received before any grant funds are paid. Credit should be given to the Foundation and the HFF logo should be used on any publicity related to the project supported by an HFF grant as appropriate.
Decisions on grant awards are final and no feedback will be given on any applications. Late applications will not be considered.
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