Capacity-building Grants

The Geochemical Society invites applications for small grants to support initiatives aimed at promoting networking, educational activities, analytical training or capacity building related to geochemistry in countries with low and lower-middle-income economies (as defined by the World Bank). Such initiatives may include development of national and regional networks between universities, colleges, government agencies and/or industry, university level summer schools and field courses, and small lecture tours. The program could also partially support internships of students, researchers and technical staff in laboratories where they can learn to operate and maintain equipment possessed or soon to be acquired by their home institutions. Grants of up to $2,500 are available. The next application deadline is September 30, 2022. As the uncertainty related to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis requires some flexibility, grant awardees will be permitted to carry out their projects anytime in the two year period following notification of the award.

Applications should include:
• The name and institution of the principal applicant
• The names, institutions and roles of other participants
• A brief (approximately one page) description of the project
• A budget explaining how the funds will be used
• Any longer term or sustainable benefits expected from the funding

If possible, applications should be written in English, but those written in other languages will also be considered. Applicants concerned about the clarity of the English in their application are encouraged to include a version of the text written in another language.

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Applications will be reviewed by the GS Outreach committee. Awards are distributed in United States dollars and must be distributed to an organization (not an individual). The applicant of a funded program should also expect to write up a brief report a year after funding for publication in Elements magazine and/or Geochemical News.


2020 Grant Recipients

Skills Building Workshop on Environmental Geochemistry: Heavy Metals  Dakar, Senegal January 2020 Doro Niang/
Association Des Jeunes Geologues Et Environnementalistes Du Senegal
Geochemical and mineralogical characterization of artisanal gold mining wastes in the Koma Bangou site Liptako, Niger/
Toulouse, France
March 2020 Abdoulatif Abass Saley
Capacity Building in Basic Field and Laboratory Practices in Geochemical Research Ibadan, Nigeria March 2020 A.S Olatunji/
Nigerian Mining and
Geosciences Society (NMGS)
Trace Elements in Aquatic Systems workshop Pune, India April 2020 Gyana Ranjan Tripathy/
Proposal to promote national networking between universities Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 2020 Dereje Ayalew/
Addis Ababa University