Research Grants > Acorn Grants
Apply today! Application deadline: June 15 of the current year.
Acorn Grant Eligibility Requirements:
- Research must be creative and unique. Research conducted as a follow-up to a previous study is discouraged.
- Each research proposal must be submitted with a well-developed title; an abstract that includes the research question and a brief literature review of not more than 10 references pertinent to the subject of the of the research; a detailed budget; timetable and a specific plan for dissemination of results; and CVs from all involved. The abstract for Acorn grants should not exceed three pages.
- One investigator, preferably the Principal Investigator, must be an affiliate or member of the AAFS.
- If requests for travel, equipment, bibliographic preparation, routine agency operations, including salary of investigators/researchers or assistants are included for funding, the grant submission will be disqualified.
- The dissemination plan and timetable must be compatible with the annual schedule of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and its meeting date in February. The grants are awarded in the late fall; presentation will be at the meeting in two years. Example: If the grant request is submitted in 2013, and awarded in late 2013/2014 presentation cannot be made until the 2015 meeting or (if 2 years in length) at the 2016 meeting.
- All research proposals must be submitted by the individual conducting the research. If a proposal is submitted for funding of a master’s thesis, the proposal must be submitted by the student NOT the academic advisor or other academic supporter.
- Applicants must disclose current or previous FSF research grants awarded to any of the investigators.
- Applicants must disclose if funding for this project is being sought from other/additional sources. FSF Lucas and Acorn Grant proposals on the same subject, differing only in scope and budget may not be submitted by the same investigators in the same year. Failure to comply will result in the applicant being disqualified for the year.
- Issues related to the use of live humans or animals as research subjects must be dealt with explicitly in the proposal. Similarly, your plan for accommodating any issue related to privacy, appropriate permissions, and the harvesting, transport or disposal of human tissues or body fluids must be included.
- All applications that do not meet the listed requirements will be disqualified.
- Deadlines will be firmly enforced. If an applicant does not meet the submission deadline, the research proposal will be disqualified.