The Micropalaeontological Society

Grants

TMS provides a number of grants which can be used to support research, conference travel or training.

TMS Angelina Messina Grant

Angelina Messina Grants, previously Grant-in-Aid, are awarded annually to help student members and early career researchers (within 10 years of obtaining their last degree) of the Society in their fieldwork, conference attendance, or any other specific activity related to their research which has not been budgeted for. A case must be made as to why funding is required above that already available. Angelina Messina Grants cannot be awarded for miscellaneous expenditure, neither can they be awarded retrospectively. The proposed activity must take place in the calendar year commencing the 1st April following the application deadline in February.

Application for this grant involves completing the application form (below). The deadline for applications is the 28th February. A maximum of £500 can be awarded to each successful applicant. Successful applicants are expected to write a short report for the Newsletter once their grant has been used. For more information, please contact the Secretary.

Angelina Messina Grant applications will be reviewed and ranked on the basis of: 

  • Description of benefit to applicants scientific career/research project development
  • Description of the activity and its relevance for micropaleontology
  • Explanation of why Angelina Messina Grant funding is required for financial support of the activity 
  • Provision of realistic budget

Download the application form here:

TMS Frances Parker Grant

TMS Frances Parker Grant, previously the small research grant, offers grants of up to £1500 each year to support micropalaeontological research by any TMS member. This grant is aimed to support stand-alone research projects, and funds can be used to assist with any costs associated with the work, e.g., analytical costs, visits to museums, fieldwork, etc. If the grant proposal relates to a funded research project (i.e. funded post-graduate or post-doctoral research) then a case must be made as to why funding is required above that already available. Proposals relating to PhD or Master’s projects should also include a letter of support by one of your advisors, which details why the funding is needed, the calibre of the applicant, and the role they had in developing the project. This grant cannot be used to support conference or workshop attendance (please see the Angelina Messina Grant). 

Application for the small grant involves completing the attached application form and providing a max. 2-page CV (preferably combined as a single document). The deadline each year is the 31st October and completed application forms and CV’s should be submitted to the TMS secretary (secretary[at]tmsoc.org). The first grant was made in Nov. 2017. Funding cannot be made retrospectively. Further enquiries about the scheme can be made to the TMS secretary (secretary[at]tmsoc.org).

Society officers will evaluate the applications and notify the successful candidate following the TMS AGM held in November. Proposals will be ranked based on the following criteria:

  • Fit to the Society
  • Quality and novelty of proposed work
  • Feasibility within the budget and time allotted
  • Applicants track record

Successful applicants are required to submit a brief project summary (max. 100 words) suitable for a non-specialist when the grant is announced (for the website and TMS newsletter), and within two years of the award date a report on the outcomes of the project for TMS Newsletter. Receipt of the grant must be acknowledged in any resulting published work.

An application form is available here:

Previous recipients

Martyn Golding, Geological Survey of Canada & University of British Columbia – 2019

Conodont Biostratigraphy and Definition of the Lower–Middle Triassic Boundary in Romania

The boundary between Lower and Middle Triassic represents the final stages of recovery of marine organisms in the aftermath of the end-Permian mass extinction. Despite the importance of this time interval, the correlation of sections spanning this boundary is controversial, hampering efforts to understand rates and mechanisms operating during extinction recovery. Conodonts are especially abundant and diverse at the Deşli Caira section in Romania. Study of collections at the University of Bucharest will enable comparison with faunas from other important sections in China, Albania, and North America, allowing the evolutionary events of this time interval to be more accurately dated.

Conodonts from the Deşli Caira section in Romania (such as Neogondolella n. sp. A, pictured) allow for high-resolution correlation of the Lower-Middle Triassic Boundary (scale bar = 300μm).

Sophie Westacott, Yale University – 2018

Macroevolutionary Trends in Silica use by Paleozoic Radiolarians

As radiolarians rose to prominence in the early Paleozoic, they are believed to have radically altered ocean geochemistry, locking up enough dissolved silicate (dSi) that near-surface water concentrations declined by an order of magnitude between the Precambrian and the Silurian. When diatoms came to dominate in the Cenozoic and drew down dSi concentrations still further, radiolarians responded to the increasing silica limitation by constructing thinner, more porous tests. Did radiolarian morphology shift during the Paleozoic as well to reflect the reduction in available silica created by their own expansion? Qualitative observations suggest early Ordovician radiolarians were considerably heftier than later radiolarians, but there has been no quantitative analysis to back this up. Measuring the test size, wall thickness, and porosity of well-preserved Paleozoic radiolarians will test the hypothesis that there was a directional trend toward reduced silicification across the Paleozoic and improve understanding of the role of biology in the early evolution of the silica cycle.

Lower Silurian radiolarian exhibiting relatively large body size, thick test outer wall, and minor siliceous overgrowths.

Peter Stassen – 2017

Eocene larger benthic foraminifera, mainly Nummulites, occur in multiple levels in Belgium and are well-represented in museum collections. These occurrences in the North Sea Basin are probably controlled by pulses of northward migration during warmer climate conditions. Recently, a new paleotemperature proxy has been proposed for their use in climate reconstructions, as variations in the shell chemistry can reveal both annual and seasonal changes of seawater temperature. The integration of geochemical and biotic data will define the downfall of one species and the rise of another on a NW European scale, thus linking their distribution and evolution to Eocene climate development.

A well-preserved specimen of Nummulites aquitanicus from the Egem sands in the Ampe Quarry near Egem (Belgium), deposited during the early Eocene climate optimum (EECO).

TMS Educational Trust Awards

More info TMS Educational Trust Awards. This trust offers financial support for post-graduate training in micropalaeontology.

TMS Urbino Scholarship Application Form

An application form is available on the TMS Educational Trust Awards.

TMS Annual Conference Travel Bursaries

Multiple TMS travel grants of up to £100 are available to support postgraduate students and early career researchers (those who have completed their PhD within the last 5 yrs) to attend the TMS Annual Conference held in November each year. This grant can only be used to contribute towards travel and accommodation costs. Successful grant candidates must be presenting at the conference (oral or poster presentation). Please complete the application form below and return to the Events Secretary (events[at]tmsoc.org) before the 30th September in the year of the AGM that you wish to attend. Candidates will be notified of the status of their application in in early October.