EMKP grants are available to anybody to carry out documentation work on still active material practices and knowledge systems. Applications from applicants with varying degrees of research and fieldwork experience are welcome, including from people without a PhD or from non-academic backgrounds. There are no disciplinary restrictions, however, applications should demonstrate previous experience of community-based fieldwork (or the intention of, if a student), and that the source community endorses the research. There is no restriction on the nationality of the applicants, nor on the regional coverage of the work being proposed. However, please note, preference is given to projects that will carry out work in areas/countries with limited local funding infrastructure.
We do not fund revitalisation work, where the particular knowledge system has already been lost and you are concerned to revive it.
The EMKP currently provides two types of grants (further details can be found below):
The evaluation process of EMKP has been developed to identify the best and most urgent proposals irrespective of age, nationality, gender or host institution. Proposals go through a three-step evaluation process that is monitored to guarantee impartiality and fairness:
Applications that do not include all the necessary supporting documentation (i.e a budget and a budget summary; a letter of agreement from the host institution; a digital assets plan; and a work plan) will not proceed to the review process. Please note, if you are a PhD student we will require a letter of support from your supervisor. Letters to successful applicants are sent before letters to unsuccessful applicants.
The same applicant cannot submit more than one project each call. Applicants that have been rejected twice in a row cannot reapply for the last round of funding. Likewise, applications that have been submitted and rejected two years in a row, regardless of the PI, cannot be resubmitted a third time.
The grants cover all relevant fieldwork costs including equipment, travel, subsistence and allowances for research assistants and community collaborators. We do not fund replacement teaching/salary costs for the principal investigator or co-investigators. We do not fund institutional overhead costs. Successful applicants are invited to a a week-long training course, usually held in London in September, which is designed to provide practical and theoretical training in key skills needed during documentation and preparation for upload to the digital repository. The costs of this training are covered from a separate budget and it is not necessary to include these costs in your application.
You can apply through our submission portal. The next call will open in October 2020. Please closely read the latest version of our guidelines for applicants before applying and note, you must use the most up-to-date form available for your application. Documents may change slightly from year to year, so please consult earlier templates as a guide only.
The application guidelines for the 2019 EMKP small and large grant call are available here.
For Frequently Asked Questions, see here.
Keep an eye out on this section as the documents can be updated for new calls!
SMALL GRANTS can last up to one year with a maximum award of £15,000 . This type of grant is recommended for targeted material knowledge research focusing on a single or a few associated objects/practices. Small grants are also recommended for research aiming to establish how many practitioners and producers are left and the viability of setting up a larger project in the future.
LARGE GRANTS can last up to two years with a maximum award of £70,000. The grant is recommended for projects aiming to document a broader set of material practices and associated knowledge of one or a few ethnic communities. The scale and causes of endangerment should generally be known. Large grant projects can consist of a team of researchers with different specialisms and roles.
During the EMKP review process we see the same issues recurring that make projects un-fundable. Sometimes these are omissions or the lack of specific information; sometimes these are larger issues around eligibility. In preparing your application please follow the guidelines closely so you do not make small mistakes which make your application invalid. In addition, here is some general advice that should help you think about your application, how to prepare for it, what to include and how to write it.
To find out more about past successful projects, click here.