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). To be considered for funding, applications must clearly demonstrate that the proposed project will have a direct impact on understanding of non-avian dinosaurs and/or Mesozoic birds. Proposals that focus on non-dinosaurian species will not be considered for funding. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Jurassic Foundation President prior to preparing an application if they are unsure whether their proposed project would fulfill this requirement. 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.

Landscape Image courtesy of Patrick O'Connor

Image courtesy of Pat O’Connor


Two granting cycles are held each year. The deadlines for these cycles are February 15 and September 15; all applications must be e-mailed or postmarked by these dates. Applicants will be notified by May 15 and December 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 at least four 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 Lindsay Zanno via e-mail or by regular mail to the following address:

Lindsay Zanno
Head, Paleontology
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W Jones St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

If you have questions regarding grant applications, please contact us.