Small Project Research Grant

The Guidelines and Application for 2017 will be made available in early 2017.

Download the 2016 Application

Guidelines (2016)

  1. All investigators and co-investigators must have been members of the Virginia Academy of Science for six months at the time of application in order to apply. If a graduate student applies, the student’s major professor must be a co-investigator.
  2. The research must be carried out in the state of Virginia or sponsored by an institution in the state.
  3. The investigator need not be affiliated with any particular type of institution (public, private, academic, industrial, etc.).
  4. Publications resulting from these funds must acknowledge support from the Virginia Academy of Science.
  5. Deadline for receipt of applications will be April 1, 2016. Notices of awards will be made about July 1.
  6. Awards are made in amounts up to $1,250.00.
  7. Preference is given to initiation of projects (“seed money”).
  8. Proposals for work to update or extend information on natural systems in Virginia and on human impacts on those natural systems are encouraged. Examples of past work which could be updated were published in The James River Basin: Past, Present, and Future and in The Great Dismal Swamp. The Great Dismal Swamp was published by the University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville for the Old Dominion University Research Foundation.
  9. The authorized institutional representative must sign off on the proposal and indicate how funds are to be transmitted, should the proposal be successful.

Applicants should submit the completed Application for Small Project Research Funds (in electronic format) to Eugene Maurakis no later than Monday 1 April 2016.

Submit electronic version to

For additional information, contact either Eugene Maurakis ( or 804-864-1413) or Arthur Conway ( or 804-864-1451).