Applications Invited for CSA Trust Grant for 2021
The Chemical Structure Association (CSA) Trust is an internationally recognized organization established to promote the critical importance of chemical information to advances in chemical research. In support of its charter, the Trust has created a unique grant program and is now inviting the submission of grant applications for 2021.
Purpose of the Grants
The grant program has been created to provide funding for the career development of young researchers who have demonstrated excellence in their education, research, or development activities that are related to the systems and methods used to store, process, and retrieve information about chemical structures, reactions, and compounds. One or more grants will be awarded annually up to a total combined maximum of ten thousand U.S. dollars ($10,000). Grantees have the option of payments being made in U.S. dollars or in British pounds equivalent to the U.S. dollar amount. Grants are awarded for specific purposes, and within one year, each grantee is required to submit a brief written report detailing how the grant funds were allocated. Grantees are also requested to recognize the support of the trust in any paper or presentation that is given as a result of that support.
Who is Eligible?
Applicant(s), age 35 or younger, who have demonstrated excellence in their chemical information-related research and who are developing careers that have the potential to have a positive impact on the utility of chemical information relevant to chemical structures, reactions, and compounds are invited to submit applications. Proposals from those who have not received a grant in the past will be given preference. While the primary focus of the grant program is the career development of young researchers, additional bursaries may be made available at the discretion of the trust. All requests must follow the application procedures noted below and will be weighed against the same criteria.
Which Activities are Eligible?
Grants may be awarded to acquire the experience and education necessary to support research activities; e.g. for travel to collaborate with research groups, to attend a conference relevant to one’s area of research (including the presentation of an already-accepted research paper), to gain access to special computational facilities, or to acquire unique research techniques in support of one’s research. Grants will not be given for activities completed prior to the grant award date.
Applications must include the following documentation:
- A letter that details the work upon which the grant application is to be evaluated as well as details on research recently completed by the applicant;
- The amount of grant funds being requested and the details regarding the purpose for which the grant will be used (e.g., cost of equipment, travel expenses if the request is for financial support of meeting attendance, etc.). The relevance of the above-stated purpose to the Trust’s objectives and the clarity of this statement are essential in the evaluation of the application;
- A brief biographical sketch, including a statement of academic qualifications and a recent photograph;
- Two reference letters in support of the application.
Additional materials may be supplied at the discretion of the applicant only if relevant to the application and if such materials provide information not already included in items 1-4. A copy of the completed application document must be supplied for distribution to the Grants Committee and can be submitted via regular mail or e-mail to the committee chair (see contact information below).
Deadline for Applications
The application deadline for the 2021 grant is April 16, 2021. Successful applicants will be notified no later than May 24, 2021.
Address for Submission of Applications
The application documentation can be mailed via post or emailed to: Bonnie Lawlor, CSA Trust Grant Committee Chair, 276 Upper Gulph Road, Radnor, PA 19087, USA. If you wish to enter your application by e-mail, please contact Bonnie Lawlor at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to submission so that she can contact you if the e-mail does not arrive.
Also see: CSA Trust Grant: Recent Awardees