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Grant Name Change: Formerly known as the “Acorn Grant,” the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Board of Trustees recently changed the grant’s name to the “Field Grant.” This change was in honor of Kenneth S. Field who passed away this last year at the age of 100. Mr. Field, former Executive Director of the AAFS and the FSF, was a Fellow of the General Section, a Distinguished Fellow, and a Gradwohl Laureate. It was due to Mr. Field’s diligence back in the mid-to-late 1980s that the Acorn Grant was finally established and was the only grant offered by the FSF at that time. Today, the Foundation funds eight grants and scholarships, which foster research and education in forensic science.
Purpose: The FSF Field Grants (up to $1,500) and the Douglas M. Lucas Grants ($1,501–$6,000) are intended to help the investigator/researcher initiate original in-depth, problem-oriented research. These grants are open to members and affiliates (at any level) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Submission Requirements: The following criteria will be considered in evaluating proposals for both Field and Lucas grants. Any proposal not adhering to these criteria, or missing any of the required elements, will be disqualified.
- An abstract—not to exceed three pages for Field Grants or five pages for Lucas Grants. Abstracts must contain a well-developed title and the research question. Research must be creative and unique. Research conducted as a follow-up to a previous study is discouraged. 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. FSF Field and Lucas Grant proposals on the same subject, differing only in scope and budget, may not be submitted by the same investigators in the same year. The page limit pertains to the abstract only; the following criteria are not included in the page limit.
- A brief (no more than two pages total) literature review of not more than ten references pertinent to the subject of the research.
- A detailed budget. The grant is intended to pay for direct research costs only. Funding requests may include consumable product purchases, room and board while conducting the research, research-related travel expenses (up to $500 for Field Grants and up to $1,000 for Lucas Grants), necessary equipment purchases (up to $1,000 for Field Grants and up to $5,000 for Lucas Grants), and up to $300 may be appropriated for travel to the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting. Funding requests may not include bibliographic preparation, routine agency operations/university operations, or salary of investigators/researchers or assistants. Applicants must disclose if funding for this project is being sought from other/additional sources.
- A timetable and a specific plan for dissemination of results. 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 2019 and awarded in late 2019–20, the presentation cannot be made until the 2021 meeting or (if two years in length) at the 2022 meeting.
- Applicants must disclose current or previous FSF research grants awarded to any of the investigators.
- CVs from all involved. One investigator, preferably the Principal Investigator, must be an affiliate or member of the AAFS.
All submissions must be received and completed by June 15 (11:59 pm MT). 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 by the academic advisor or other academic supporter. Submissions that do not meet the aforementioned requirements or deadline will be automatically disqualified. Please submit the aforementioned Field Grant or Lucas Grant Requirements electronically (with attachments in pdf format) to Kimberly Wrasse at email@example.com or by mail to Kimberly Wrasse, FSF, 410 North 21st Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80904. The FSF will confirm receipt of all submissions within two business days. If confirmation is not received within two business days, the applicant should contact Kimberly Wrasse at firstname.lastname@example.org. The FSF Research Committee will make its decision no later than October 1, and all applicants will be notified shortly thereafter.