Natural Science Collections Alliance

Our members are part of an international community of museums, botanical gardens, herbariums, universities and other institutions that house natural science collections and utilize them in research, exhibitions, academic and informal science education, and outreach activities.

Awards and Grants Available for Natural History Collections

The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) is requesting nominations and proposals for several awards and grants.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the SPNHC President’s Award and the Carolyn B. Rose Award.  The President’s Award is presented to a current or former SPNHC member whose activities have furthered the objectives of the Society through outstanding committee work, prolonged officer roles, or promotion of activities of the Society.  The Carolyn B. Rose Award is the Society’s highest honor and given to an individual whose work and efforts have promoted the values and objectives of the Society (membership in SPNHC not required).  Nominations should include a letter of nomination, a current curriculum vitae, and letters of recommendations.  Questions and nominations should be submitted to Tim White ( by January 15, 2010.

Proposals are also being accepted for the Faber Grant, a cash grant of up to $1000 to support a project addressing issues on the management, care, conservation, or use of natural history collections.  Applicants must be SPNHC members in good standing for at least one year prior to the award date.  The successful applicant will be expected to 1) present a final or interim report at the Annual Meeting of the Society and 2) publish the results, with the understanding that the manuscript will be sent first to the SPNHC Publications Committee for first right of refusal.  The cover sheet should include a project title, name(s) of project personnel (including title, address, phone/fax numbers and email), and a single line spaced 100 word abstract describing the proposed project.  The proposal text should include a statement of purpose, project plan (e.g., participants, methods, materials, schedule of completion, etc.), and proposed use of funds.  The text should have one inch margins, 10-12 characters per inch, and double line spacing.  The application, including cover page, should not exceed 10 pages.  Curriculum vita of the principal investigator and letters of commitment may be single line spaced and attached as an appendix.  Questions and proposals should be submitted to Tim White ( by March 1, 2010.

Lastly, SPNHC is offering a new Travel Grant program designed to assist members with the costs of attending the Society’s annual meeting.  The first grants will be available for attendance at the 2010 meeting of the Society in Ottawa.  A total of $3,000 has been allocated to the program and grants will be for a minimum of $750 each.  Preference will be given to graduate students or emerging professionals in fields related to the management and conservation of natural history collections.  For more details and contact information, visit the SPNHC & CBA-ABC 2010 Joint Conference website at

Awards and Grants Available for Natural History Collections
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