Material practice and knowledge, as understood by the EMKP, is concerned with things, objects, and architecture and their related practices. We are interested in projects recording how things are made and used within a community. Our understanding of material knowledge and practice includes, but is not limited to, the chaîne opératoire, the process of designing, producing and using, the materiality of things, the building and life of structures, and how “things” form part of the community and its events.

While not strictly limited to academic institutions, applicants are required to be affiliated with institutions that can oversee accounts, take receipt of and manage funds, and provide expenditure reports independently of the applicant. It is also a requirement that the institution has set ethics guidelines. Thus, NGOs and social enterprises, for example, are not excluded and demonstrating a track record of managing previous grants is helpful.

You can follow a widely accepted standard, such as that of the Association of Social Anthropologists. Your institution is required to ensure you follow those guidelines and should mention that in its letter of support.

No geographical area is excluded, though preference will be given to projects located in countries where little funding infrastructure is available.

EMKP does not support rejuvenating lost practices, however, a project is viable for funding if there are people who retained the knowledge and occasionally utilise endangered material knowledge.

The main objective of EMKP is to record endangered material practices. As such, we will not fund projects whose main objective is the digitisation of existing images, collections, or objects, though these can form part of a project, as for example a 3D model of a product produced during the study of the material practice. Funding opportunities to record and digitise at danger archives and collections can be found with Arcadia’s related programmes. These are the British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme and the UCLA library’s Modern Endangered Archives Programme.

We do not specifically fund the recording of endangered languages but acknowledge that language forms part of material knowledge and how “things” or objects are referred to and talked about. Projects that include an element of language recording are eligible, but the primary goal of the project must be around the documentation of material practices. The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme provides funding for projects concerned with preserving languages.

Organisations as such cannot apply. For accountability purposes, we require one lead applicant and there is an option to add up to three collaborators who can have different levels of responsibilities.

EMKP follows the Arcadia’s Open access policy, which can be found here and here. Our guiding phrase is “As open as possible, as closed as needed.”

It will be possible to embargo certain assets if these contain legally or culturally sensitive material, but this can only occur in exceptional circumstances.

A collaborator is somebody who has a defined role and will take on a degree of responsibility for the project, has specific skills that the project requires, oversees certain aspects of it, and contributes to the delivery of assets. Please make clear the role and skills of each collaborator within the project. A research assistant does not share that level of responsibility.

EMKP cannot cover institutional overheads, contract work or researcher salary, aside from costs associated with research assistant salaries. Collaborators are generally not paid from the grant. In certain circumstances, source community-based collaborators (see above) can be remunerated for their work, however, a clear motivation needs to be given within the ‘Budget and Equipment’ section of the application form.

No, the application has to be completed in English.

An individual file can be up to 400mb large and the total size of files per submission cannot exceed 800mb. Size will rarely be an issue. Please check that the file format you are trying to upload is listed among the ‘Acceptable file types’, usually located just above the ‘Choose files’ button.

Yes. You can download a copy of your submission by signing into your account and selecting the title of the submission. You will then be able to select a blue ‘download’ button from the upper right-hand side of the submission, initiating a download of a PDF copy.

Please note that documents and tables submitted as part of the application will only appear as a list or images. If you intend to send the PDF to your referees, you will need to provide them with supporting images, documents, and tables in a separate document.

Yes, you can modify the application even after you submitted but before the deadline has passed. Please email us at emkp(at)britishmuseum.org and we can open your application for editing. Please remember to re-submit before the deadline passes.