GRANTS

SCMA Research Opportunity (SRO) Grants

The Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology (SCMA) at UC San Diego will receive proposals for funding of projects under the first round of the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology Research Opportunity (SRO) program. SRO aims to support high-impact, one-year projects in specific areas of interest identified in the SCMA three-year plan. Supported efforts are expected to be distinctive and have a clearly articulated potential for leading to future extramural funding for larger-scale projects or center efforts, and/or result in creative products that directly recognize SCMA leadership goals in the field of marine and environmental archaeology. Interdisciplinary projects are preferred. SCMA is using gifts and grant funds from donors, and other private sources to underwrite the SRO grant program. Additional funds may come in future from affiliated research centers at UC San Diego. The online review process will be spelled out in detail in a formal call for proposals prior to the launch of the first solicitation under the SRO program, expected to be later in 2017.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be (a) affiliated with SCMA and listed as an Academic Participant on the SCMA website. If you are not already affiliated with SCMA, you are invited to submit an SCMA Investigator Agreement, at which point you will be considered an Academic Participant who is eligible to apply for support under the SRO program if (b) you are eligible to serve as an independent Principal Investigator (PI) for an extramural award. Most faculty and research scientist appointments, plus some other classifications, are qualified to be Principal Investigators, and the eligibility requirement will be strictly enforced. Interested investigators who are unsure about their eligibility for SRO support should contact the SCMA business office for assistance in determining PI status.

SCMA Investigator Agreement

As an SCMA Investigator you will be joining a community of researchers and academic participants in the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology housed at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. This is a special group of people who recognize the value of collaboration, openness to new ideas and a willingness to ensure the success of SCMA as a whole. If you are not already an SCMA academic participant (as listed on this website), a completed SCMA Investigator Agreement is a requirement for UC San Diego researchers who want to apply for support under the SCMA Research Opportunities (SRO) program. Please provide your name, department, email address, and date in an email to the center at scma@ucsd.edu, and please attach your CV (PDF only) to the email. After doing so, you will be considered an SCMA Investigator and an academic participant in the center who is eligible to submit proposals under future SRO solicitations.

Travel Grants

Awards for airfare expenses for travel to national and international conferences or symposia are made to students and affiliated faculty who are presenting papers on their research or who are organizing and presiding over one or more sessions at the meeting. Preference will be given to presentation of papers/works of art in well-established conferences, symposia, or festivals with fairly substantial attendance (e.g., those sponsored by professional societies/associations). Only the presenting author or session organizer/presider may apply for a travel award. For workshops and other ad hoc meetings of prominent members of the academic community that are not sponsored by a continuing professional society, the applicant should provide a short explanation of the scholarly goals of the meeting. Travel grants will also be considered for students participating in overseas fieldwork opportunities, field training and other learning activities. In this case, the applicant must provide an explanation of how this learning opportunity contributes to his or her professional progress, and how the activity relates to SCMA’s mission and research agenda.

Guidelines

Applications will be evaluated by an ad hoc committee composed of SCMA affiliated faculty and one graduate student.

Items eligible for coverage: A travel award may cover a standard economy airfare ticket, reasonable associated service fees, additional costs necessary to reserve a standard economy seat (window, aisle, or middle) in advance, use of an overhead storage bin, Wi-Fi connection for work purposes, and costs necessary to check one piece of luggage. No payment will be approved towards a first or business class ticket. Following are the guidelines applicable to awards for domestic versus foreign travel.
(Note: Travel to Mexico and Canada are awarded under domestic travel policies.)

Domestic: Awards are made for 75% of the actual costs of the eligible covered items described above, not to exceed a maximum award of $600. (Where actual eligible covered costs are $400, the award will be $300; for $800 or more of actual eligible covered costs, the award will be the maximum of $600). Costs of upgrades (including, for example, costs for upgrades such as extra legroom or amenities, premium economy, etc.) beyond the eligible covered items described above must be paid by the traveler or from other sources. If any eligible covered items such as a checked bag, Wi-Fi, or use of overhead storage bins are not included in the airfare quotation, the travel grant application must include additional documentation (for instance, from the airline website) of the costs involved for each such item and calculate a total cost based on an itemization of charges.

Foreign: Awards are made for 75% of the actual costs of the eligible covered items described above not to exceed a maximum award of $1500. (Where actual eligible covered costs are $1000, the award will be $750; for $2000 or more of actual eligible covered costs, the award will be the maximum of $1500). Costs of upgrades (including, for example, costs for upgrades such as extra legroom or amenities, premium economy, etc.) beyond the eligible covered items described above must be paid by the traveler or from other sources. If any eligible covered items such as a checked bag, Wi-Fi, or use of overhead storage bins are not included in the airfare quotation, the travel grant application must include additional documentation (for instance, from the airline website) of the costs involved for each such item and calculate a total cost based on an itemization of charges. These funds are not restricted to the use of U.S. carriers.