FIG Foundation - Building a Sustainable Future
2017 FIG Foundation Academic Research Grants
The FIG Foundation will be providing research grants of up to 30,000
euros spread over three years. The grants are aimed at emerging researchers
on the threshold of their research career.
- be based in a surveying/geomatics academic programme that teaches
surveying in a country listed by the World Bank
as a low-income, lower-middle or upper-middle income economy,
- 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.
 See FIG Definition of the Functions of the Surveyor
 See World Bank Country & lending Groups
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 may
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 using the designated template, 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
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.
FIRST ROUND DOCUMENTATION
Deadline 31 March 2017.
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 application.
- 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 refundable.
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:
Please provide your proposal to the FIG Foundation no later than 31 March
2017 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 September 2017