The EMKP offers small and large grants to document material knowledge systems that are under threat and in danger of disappearing, as well as grants to digitise legacy material pertaining to endangered material knowledge. This includes knowledge systems associated with the making, use, repair and re-purposing of material objects, spaces, architecture, performances and environments.



The EMKP Documentation Grants support the documentation of endangered material knowledge systems.

Small Grants can last up to one year with a maximum award of £20,000. Small Grants are intended for projects that are focused on a specific/individual material practice, and which are limited in scope. They are also suitable for initial pilot work to establish the nature and extent of material knowledge systems where these might not be previously known, or for early career applicants who are building new projects.

Large Grants can last up to two years with a maximum award of £100,000. Large Grants are suitable for mature projects where more intensive and diverse documentation is proposed. They are also suitable for projects that require a larger team, projects where multiple strands of work are happening simultaneously, and projects where more time is needed to complete the documentation (e.g. because of seasonal cycles of working)

Documentation methods can include but are not limited to, film, audio recordings, photographs, written notes, maps, 3D models, and drawings. Successful applicants will be required to submit digital copies of these records to be uploaded to the EMKP open-access repository, which is hosted by the British Museum.

Applicants can apply for grants irrespective of nationality and academic background, however, they must apply with a Host Institution that can provide independent financial and ethical oversight for their project. There is no restriction on where the proposed work can be carried out, but priority will be given to projects in regions and countries where existing financial support for research is limited.


The EMKP Legacy Digitisation Grant supports the digitisation of ‘legacy’ material pertaining to material knowledge that is now endangered, or was endangered at the time the research was taking place. ‘Legacy’ material refers to collections and research records relating to projects which have already concluded, including fieldnotes, photographs, negatives, videos, film reels, audio recordings, and objects. Legacy Digitisation Grants are awarded for up to 1 year with a maximum of £20,000.

Applicants can apply for this grant regardless of nationality. We accept applications from individuals attached to host institutions, as well as communities or institutions. The original creator of the documentation can apply on behalf of their own work.


The call for applications for 2022/2023 is open from 27 October 2022 to 30 January 2023.

All applications must be submitted via the EMKP grant management system provided by Flexi-Grant.

For further guidance on the application process and digital components for the EMKP Documentation Grant, please read the EMKP Documentation Grants Application Guidelines and the EMKP Documentation Grants Digital Guidelines.

For further information on the application process for the EMKP Legacy Digitisation Grant, please read the EMKP Legacy Digitisation Grant Application Guidelines.

More details can also be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you have any additional queries, please contact us at


EMKP Documentation Grants cover relevant fieldwork and documentation costs including equipment, travel, subsistence and allowances for research assistants and community members involved in the project.

Budgets should be focused on the costs to support documentation and digitisation. The EMKP does not fund project dissemination efforts, or work to revitalise endangered knowledge or revive material knowledge that is no longer being practiced.

While we do not fund generic overhead costs, we can support costs relating to project administration that can be directly justified and budgeted (for example, costs for accountancy services).

Please note that we do not fund salaries or replacement teaching costs for the Principal Applicant or Co-Applicants*.


*In exceptional circumstances we may consider salaries for the Co-Applicants(s). Please see the guidelines for more details, or contact us at to discuss this.


Applicants are welcome to re-submit applications in the following grant round, especially if they have been invited to do so by the EMKP Panel in their original feedback.

Please note, Principal Applicants who are unsuccessful two years in a row cannot submit a third application the following year. The same applies to unsuccessful projects where the Principal Applicants may have changed but the topic of the project and team have not.