INQUA funding is designed to support and facilitate activities that are considered priorities by its Commissions. Commissions sponsor applications for funding; the INQUA Executive makes decisions about the allocation of funding. As from 2013, there will be three categories for INQUA funding: funding for International Focus Groups (IFGs), funding for projects, and funding for skills enhancement. Here we provide an explanation of these different funding categories, and new forms for applications.
INQUA funding is strictly limited and normally only provides seed money for activities. You will generally need to find additional support for activities from e.g. government councils, foundations, and other international agencies. INQUA prioritises support for the participation of early-career and developing-country scientists in INQUA activities. INQUA does not fund fieldwork or the purchase of equipment or analyses, nor does it fund the research project of an individual scientist; all of these are more appropriately funded by government councils, foundations, and other agencies.
INQUA IFG/project funding cannot be used to support registration costs, travel costs or attendance at large meetings (e.g. the INQUA Congress, AGU, EGU, IGC or similar) even when this involves presentation of the work of an IFG/project at the meeting. It is acceptable to schedule side meetings or workshops of an IFG/project to coincide with larger meetings, in order to capitalize on the fact that participants are already attending the larger meeting. In such cases, INQUA funds can be used for the additional costs of the side meetings (e.g. room hire or additional accommodation costs for eligible participants, but not travel costs).
Budget justification: the proposal forms now include a short section requiring the applicant to justify the need for individual budget items. You will need to show how each expense is instrumental in achieving the goals of the activity.
All applications for INQUA funding (IFG's, projects, skills) have a single deadline each year. The next deadline is the 30th January 2014.
All applications must be submitted to the Secretary General, Dr Julius Lejju, via Commission Presidents by this final deadline. Applicants should contact Commission Presidents well in advance of the final deadline to ascertain the internal deadline for the relevant Commission, which may be some time before the 31st January. Further information on these deadlines may also be found on Commission web sites.
INQUA funding for International Focus Groups (IFGs) and projects is designed to kick-start initiatives and international collaborations. Funding is awarded for one or more years during an inter-congress period (projects) or up to two inter-congress periods (IFGs), provided there is sufficient justification of the continued need for financial support. It is expected that IFGs and projects will be sufficiently mature at the end of this time to generate national or international funding for their continued activities.
Nevertheless, it may be helpful for these activities to continue to receive non-financial support from INQUA. For instance, such support will demonstrate that INQUA recognizes the importance of specific areas of research and collaboration. It is therefore anticipated that INQUA recognition will be useful when leaders of activities submit funding proposals. It will also ensure the active participation of INQUA in the dissemination of information about activities and their outcomes.
It is therefore proposed to establish a category for unfunded activities that will be badged as INQUA-Recognized Activities. Permission to use the term “INQUA-Recognized Activity” will carry with it the right to use the INQUA logo and name when applying for funding and organizing conferences.
From 2014 onwards, you may apply to INQUA for recognition of international activities, particularly those arising from previously-funded INQUA IFGs and projects. Recognition will not be automatic, even for previously-funded IFGs or projects. Please see the guidelines on the INQUA website http://www.inqua.org before completing an application form (Application for Recognised Activity) and submitting this to the President of the INQUA Commission that will sponsor your activity. The Commission President will then bring this forward at the annual meeting of the INQUA Executive Committee for consideration and approval. As with other INQUA activities, recognition will be reviewed annually.
The deadline for receipt of applications by the Secretary-General and the President of the sponsoring Commission is January 31st of the year in which recognition is requested. We encourage you to consult the appropriate Commission President at an early stage in the development of your proposal or if you have any queries about eligibility. Please enter information in the allocated boxes, taking note of the length restrictions, and add rows to tables as required.
For further information and links to Commission web sites, please click here.