LAMAS Research Fund: how to apply

Applicants must write a Project Design that includes the following information:

  1. Succinct and clear summary of the work — what it is going to achieve and why it is important. (project objectives)
  2. Statement of how it meets the Constitutional (and for archaeology, Research Agenda criteria) (project context)
  3. Who is going to do the work and when (project team and timetable)
  4. What tasks the work entails (method statement)
  5. What the report will contain in terms of text, illustrations and figures, including a word count estimate (synopsis)
  6. How much is being asked for and how it is being allocated (project costings)

This Project Design will form the basis on which funds will be issued, and so deviation from it could jeopardise payment at the end of the project. It must be submitted before 30th September each year (ie before 30 September 2008 for grants for 2008/9). Council reserves the right to request changes or clarification, and allowance for this should be made in the project timetable as changes will need to be made during October of the application year.

Council will appraise each application and may seek advice from experts if necessary. Council will notify all applicants of their success or failure, and give general reasons. Council’s decision will be final. If a project is accepted, but a grant is not awarded because there are insufficient funds remaining for that year, it can be resubmitted. However, no favour will be shown to previous entries. Each funding round will be considered afresh.

Please send applications to:

Jackie Keily (Hon Secretary, LAMAS)
Museum of London
150 London Wall
London EC2Y 5HN

Tel: 020 78145734
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Rules and further information


LAMAS Research Fund: rules and further information

What can the fund be used for?

The fund can be used to support specific projects of almost any type which relate to the core objectives of the Society as set out in our Constitution.

For archaeological projects, additionally, applicants must show that the research fits within the Research Agenda for London, and that the research is not that which should have been funded through other means, particularly through development control conditions (such as are applied through PPG16), or as part of a previously agreed Scheduled Ancient Monument Consent, for example.

For historical research projects, favour will be given to those projects focused on landscapes, districts, monuments, or buildings over biographical or other approaches.

Specific educational fieldwork projects may also be supported (such as Young Archaeologist’s Club, or National Archaeology Week), where such projects directly match our Constitutional aims.

The purpose of the Fund is to help members explore the past of the London and Middlesex areas, and so inventive and exciting pieces of research delivering interesting and new information will be accorded top priority. To give potential applicants a flavour, some examples might be:

  • Research and report on a class of waterfront finds from London excavations in the London Archaeological Archive and Research Facility
  • Synthesis from antiquarian reports and modern published excavations of the archaeology of a district or town in the London and Middlesex area.
  • Analysis and report on manorial records from a moated manor in Hillingdon borough
  • Support to pay for an illustrator to prepare maps for a historical study.
  • Support to help young archaeologists write up a test-pit excavated as part of National Archaeology Week.

We would expect reports of most projects supported by the Research Fund to be published in the Society’s Transactions, and the normal request for contributions to printing costs will be waived for all such publication texts.

Will the Fund support only one project each year?

No, a sub-committee made up of the Hon. Secretary, a representative from each of the four committees (Archaeology, Local History, Publications, and Historic Buildings) and a representative member of the Council (the Society’s ruling body), will weigh up the various applications received by the application date and decide on the best balance.

Are partnerships acceptable?

Very much so. The Research Fund can be used within the context of a much wider study, provided that conditions of grant are fully met within the timetable, and provided that the funded element is self-contained.

For example, the analysis of an important Roman statue fragment excavated from a site in the 19th century, and held at the Museum of London, could be combined with a developer-funded excavation report on the same site, provided Council receive the specific report on the statue within the funding year.

What is the timetable?

Applications must be received by Council by no later than 28th February 2017. Decisions will be made during March, and successful applicants notified by letter at the beginning of April.

The work must be undertaken and completed within 10 months, and submitted to Council by 31st December 2017. It will be appraised during January 2018, and grant cheques will be issued as soon as Council is satisfied that it is of the expected form and quality.

Does this mean an applicant might wait quite a long time to be paid?

Yes. Council is composed entirely of volunteers and we have no full-time secretariat. We must therefore keep administration of the fund to a minimum — hence the strict cyclical nature of the timetable. By careful timetabling of project work, successful applicants should be able to reduce the time required to wait for funding to a minimum.

What happens if an applicant misses the deadline or submits a different report from the one envisaged?

Payments can only be made for projects that come in on time and are those which Council agreed. No exceptions can be made. Late or altered projects will not receive payment. We have to be strict about this to keep the programme manageable. Careful thought about the Project Design is therefore essential.

Do successful applicants have any other responsibilities?

Yes. It is up to applicants to declare income from the fund to the Inland Revenue or any other authorities to whom they are bound to disclose income. Following submission and payment, it remains the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that any editorial changes requested by the Transactions editor are fully and promptly addressed. Finally, it is up to applicants to obtain all relevant copyright permissions for publication. Grants can be used to cover reproduction fees, but only if they were included in the original Project Design.

How to apply

Barney Sloane
LAMAS Research Fund Co-ordinator

LAMAS Research Fund

In 2005, in honour of our 150th birthday, LAMAS initiated a Research Fund, to provide a modest annual sum in support of research into the archaeology and history of London and Middlesex, especially in areas where other funding cannot be obtained.

How large will the grants be?

The grant level will be set by Council annually to reflect the Society’s financial situation, but we envisage somewhere between £3000 and £5000 per annum. The amount will be published each year in advance of invitations for applicants.

Who can apply?

The fund is open to all full individual members of the Society and members of any Affiliated Societies but not to anyone belonging to corporate members of the Society unless they are also individual members. The fund is set up specifically to assist active members with their researches into the past of London and Middlesex.

Rules and further information
How to apply

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