Research Grants

When preparing your grant application, please read and follow the Grant Application Guidelines carefully. Applications that do not follow these guidelines will not be reviewed. Please note that these guidelines and application forms replace all previous Jurassic Foundation grant application forms.

Grant Application Guidelines

Application Forms:
Cover Sheet
Budget Page

Students, postdoctoral researchers, and other scientists with limited funding opportunities may apply to the Jurassic Foundation for grants to undertake research on any aspect of dinosaur paleontology (e.g., field exploration, fossil preparation or conservation, morphology, taxonomy, systematics, evolution, paleobiology, paleoecology, paleobiogeography, taphonomy). Researchers from economically developing nations are especially encouraged to apply; however, prospective non-student, non-postdoctoral applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Jurassic Foundation President prior to beginning an application to discuss the suitability of the project. Also, please note that the Jurassic Foundation no longer makes repeat awards to the same investigator; in other words, if a person has received a Jurassic Foundation grant in the past, they are no longer eligible to receive additional grants.

Two granting cycles are held each year. The deadlines for these cycles are March 15 and October 15; all applications must be e-mailed or postmarked by these dates. Applicants will be notified by June 15 and January 15, respectively, regarding the status of their application.

Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded to successful applicants. However, most grants average between $1,000 and $2,000. All grants are paid in U.S. funds and all budget requests must be in U.S. dollars.

All grant applications are reviewed by the five members of the Jurassic Foundation Scientific Board of Directors. Applications are not sent out for ad hoc reviews.

Grantees are expected to make the results of their research available to other researchers and the public via publication in peer-reviewed journals, books, lectures, presentations at scientific meetings, web sites, etc. Specimens collected under a Jurassic Foundation grant must be accessioned into the collections of a public institution. The Jurassic Foundation reserves the right to participate in the announcement of scientific discoveries resulting from Foundation-funded research.

All grantees are required to submit a brief, one-page summary of work completed under their grant. These reports must be submitted upon completion of the project, and should be sent to current Jurassic Foundation President Matthew Lamanna via e-mail ( or by regular mail to the following address:

Matthew Lamanna

Section of Vertebrate Paleontology

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

4400 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080


If you have questions regarding grant applications, please contact Matthew Lamanna via the e-mail or regular mail addresses above.

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