Small Grant Awards primarily support the development of maritime archaeology with respect to:
- Regional Research
- Regional Capacity Building
- Developing the Discipline
The Foundation primarily supports Regional Research into maritime archaeology undertaken in the countries where Honor Frost worked. Broadly, this is the eastern Mediterranean, with a particular focus on Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria, but also extending to Sicily and Malta. The eastern Mediterranean is defined as the area to the east of a line from Western Turkey to the western border of Egypt, excluding Crete and the Greek islands. The Foundation gives preference to projects showing strong collaborations with regional partners, particularly those with local training opportunities.
In addition, the Foundation also encourages Regional Capacity Building and offers support in the following areas/activities relating to developing maritime archaeology and the protection of underwater cultural heritage in the region:
- training and workshops,
- conferences with a regional involvement,
- conservation work,
- museum exhibitions,
- public engagement and education.
The Foundation is also interested in Developing the Discipline and the scope of maritime archaeology and underwater cultural heritage beyond the region. It considers applications that support the development of new technologies and/or methodologies on a global scale, and in exceptional cases research projects that were aligned with Honor Frost’s research interests beyond the immediate regional scope.
Grants are available to independent scholars, affiliated scholars and institutions.
Individual grants will not normally exceed £10,000, which could be the total direct costs of the work, a contribution to a larger project, or costs to seed a pilot study. Small Grant Awards only support direct costs but in the case of institutional applications overheads may be considered.
Funding is available twice a year with grant applications due on 1st April and 1st October annually. Awards are normally announced within four months of the deadlines. The Foundation has funds to support a limited number of applications in each funding cycle, only awarded to those applications deemed by the trustees to be of the highest standard.
Repeat funding is considered for outstanding projects. However, unless there are exceptional circumstances, repeat funding will only apply for up to a maximum of three years.
Applying for a small grant award
Applications for Small Grant Awards can be made by completing and submitting the Small Grant Application Award Form. In addition, please submit as a separate upload file with your application form, a two-page CV in PDF format, and the names of at least two referees should be provided. Please note we do not accept applications or supporting documents other than through the use of the website.
Referees: Please provide the names of two referees who have been contacted in advance to request references to be sent to the Foundation by 15 April or 15 October (as appropriate) in support of your grant application. The Foundation reserves the right to obtain evaluations from other experts in the field where necessary. PhD students are required to request 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 in order to adhere to the strict deadline date. Referees are requested to submit their references via the Referee Form. We highly recommend that referees are sent copies of your grant application in advance of submission. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that both references are submitted on time. The Foundation will not chase references and no grants will be considered unless accompanied by two referees submitted by the stated deadline.
A summary of the Foundation’s 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 (download our logo).
Decisions on grant awards are final, and no feedback will be given on any applications. Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances.