Small Research Grants

The AEA has the opportunity to offer a number of small grants to fund specific aspects of research projects concerning any area of environmental archaeology. Grant applications are open to all AEA members including students and unwaged members.

Grants will normally be up to £500 but applications for larger amounts may be considered. Grants cannot cover the cost of equipment or conference attendance or costs that should normally be covered by developers or larger funding bodies (eg AHRC, NERC) funding other areas of the same research project. Costs that may be covered include travel and accommodation for visits to research facilities, scientific analyses or time buy-out for those working in the commercial sector and wishing to carry out research beyond that funded by developers. Grants may also be used for research start-up or pilot projects.

Previous Winners

Grant Awardees 2017
  • Tansy Branscombe, University of Cambridge – Shellfishing at the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in the East Adriatic
  • Lidia Colominas, Institut Català d’Arqueologia Clàssica – Tracing ancient livestock farming in eastern Pyrenees as a shaper of mountain landscapes: a sediment DNA approach
  • Youri van den Hurk, University College London – Optimizing Zooarchaeological Research on Cetacean Remains
  • Jessica Watson, University at Albany – Paleoenvironment and Prehistoric Diet on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Grant Awardees 2016
  • Caroline Vermeeren, BIAX Consult – A method to recognize woodland management in Archaeology
  • Lisa Lodwick, University of Reading – Growing Roman Britain: Cereals and weeds as evidence for farming practices in the East Midlands
  • Lena Strid, Oxford Archaeology – Study of sex-related morphological traits on sheep skeletons
  • Angela Trentacoste, University of Oxford – Orvieto Environmental Project
Grant Awardees 2015
  • Edouard Masson-Maclean, University of Aberdeen – Subsistence and settlement patterns during the Little Ice Age on the Bering Sea coast: an interdisciplinary approach integrating ecology, foraging theory and zooarchaeology
  • Lee Broderick, University of YorkTragelaphus Identification Project, Edinburgh (TIPE)
  • Meriel McClatchie, Self-employed consultant, Ireland, Honorary Research Asscociate – UCL & UCD – Late prehistoric farming in southern Britain: a comparative study of archaeobotanical data from five Iron Age sites
  • Scott Timpany, University of Highlands and Islands – SEM investigation of microscopic animal hairs and their potential use as proxy-evidence for palaeograzing activity
  • Shawn O’Donnell, University of Cambridge – Quantitative comparison of an alternative pollen processing technique with traditional HF/acetolysis – based protocols

Application Process

Applications will be invited once a year with an application deadline of 31st January. Applicants are required to complete the application form detailing the total sum requested and breakdown of costs, how the grant will contribute to the overall research project and what the benefits will be. All applications must be accompanied by a referee’s statement of support and submitted either in electronic format via the website or by email to or as hard copy to AEA Research Grants Officer: Dr Niklas Hausmann, Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL), Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH), Nik. Plastira 100, 70013 Heraklion, GREECE. Applications will be assessed by members of the committee and applicants informed of the results of their application by the end of March.

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Conditions of Acceptance of Grant

All grant recipients will be required to submit a grant report (on the AEA grant report form) on the use, benefits, impact indicators and research results of the grant received and must be submitted by April 30th in the year following the year of the award of the grant (i.e. reports on grants awarded in March 2018 should be received by April 30th 2019).

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Receipts of expenditure or invoices should be submitted along with the report; grant monies, will be released following this. First refusal of publications arising from the grant must be given to the AEA’s journal Environmental Archaeology; publication proposals should be sent to the journal editor Dr Tim Mighall, via email to or by post to Department of Geography and Environment, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, AB24 3UF, UK.