FIG Foundation - Building a Sustainable Future
2015 FIG Foundation Academic Research Grants
The FIG Foundation will be providing research grants of up to 30,000
euros spread over three years.
- be based in a surveying/geomatics academic programme that teaches
surveying1) in a country
listed by the World Bank as a low-income, lower-middle or upper-middle
- have an established record of published research - at least two
articles in good quality internationally recognised peer reviewed
journals serves as a useful guideline, and
- have experience in managing postgraduate students.
Grants will be awarded to a focussed research project. The grant
holder is expected to conduct the bulk of the research themselves (it is not
a research manager’s grant), but at the same time the development of highly
qualified personnel (HQP) should be a major component of the project.
Postgraduate students should be full time students, and this grant should
provide financial support for their degree studies. However, the principal
investigator should be intimately involved in the work.
There are two rounds to the competition. In the first round,
applicants will provide the documents listed below. Second round applicants
will provide a detailed application in a format similar to the Canadian
NSERC or SSHRC requirements.
Applications will be judged on the quality of the application and need. In
the event that two excellent applications are judged to be of equal quality,
applications from low-income and lower-middle income countries will be
Applications are to be sent to
email@example.com with “FIG Foundation Academic Research Grant
Application” shown in Subject Line. Applicants are not to contact Foundation
members individually. Decisions are final. No correspondence will be entered
into during or after the competition.
1) See FIG Definition of the Functions
of the Surveyor
2) See World Bank Country & lending Groups
FIRST ROUND DOCUMENTATION
Deadline 31 March 2015.
Applicants should submit the following set of documents in English as a
single file in PDF format:
- A cover sheet showing the candidate’s personal details and those of
- A 200 word abstract. This should be written in terms understandable
to the lay person; similar to a press release and which the FIG
Foundation could actually use as a press release in the event of a
- A one page research proposal as per the template below on A4 size
paper using 25 mm (1” margins). Note that the one page limit will be
strictly enforced; material that extends beyond one page will be
- A list of peer reviewed journal publications over the last 6 years
using the International Journal of GIS reference list format. See Notes
for Authors on the IJGIS website.
- A list of research funding obtained over the past 5 years,
indicating which grants are peer reviewed or not.
- A list of highly qualified personnel whom the applicant has
supervised over the last 6 years, Postdoctoral, PhD, Masters, senior
- A description of research compliance, the research account and
activity auditing structures and processes in their institution. For
example, if a scientist spends money inappropriately, are there
structures in place to refund the granting agency?
- A description of the structures and processes in their institution
that pertain to research ethics, in particular ethics relating to
research involving human subjects, if that is relevant to the grant
A preliminary budget and a one page justification of the budget. Note
that as a general rule, equipment will not be funded. Travel to FIG
Conferences to present results may be included in the budget. Per diems for
field work will not be funded, but reasonable actual costs of field work are
Suggested Reading – Sources of Useful Information for Writing a Proper
A simple internet search on how to write a good NSERC or SSHRC proposal
should yield a number of useful articles. Here are some suggestions:
SECOND ROUND DOCUMENTATION
Second round applicants will provide a detailed application in a format
similar to the Canadian NSERC or SSHRC requirements.
Funding will be released quarterly. Grant holders are expected to file
quarterly progress reports in the stipulated format. Continued funding will
be dependent on satisfactory progress. In the event of unsatisfactory
performance, the grant holder will be expected to return all unspent funds.
Grant holders’ institutions should submit annual certification that the
due compliance with normally accepted practice has been demonstrated in the
use of grant funds.
FIG Foundation grants do not pay University overhead. Successful
applicants will have to seek exemption if their institution requires a
portion of research grants for overhead.
Please provide your proposal to the FIG Foundation no later than 31 March
2015 using the proposal template.
Send your proposal by email to:
or by post:
The FIG Foundation
Kalvebod Brygge 31-33
DK-1780 Copenhagen V
Tel. + 45 3886 1081
Fax + 45 3886 0252
FIG Office August 2014