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Applications Procedures


  1. To present your project in the best possible light, closely follow all the procedures for completing your application.
  2. Applicants submit all application forms and other required application materials online. If this is not possible for you because of inadequate internet access, please contact the Foundation at least one week before the deadline so we can arrange an alternative method (
  3. The online portal is open for applications two months before the application deadline.
  4. Applications must be in English.
  5. The application asks for the following:
    • General information about yourself, your partners, your academic mentor (if applicable), and the project
    • An abstract of your proposed research. If your application is successful, this abstract will appear on the Foundation's website. Please make sure to write your abstract in a style that is clearly understandable to a non-specialist.
    • Answers to six project description questions. Carefully prepare your responses, which should directly address the issues these questions raise.  The best applications make full use of the space provided.
    • A resubmission statement if the current application is a resubmission of a previously declined application.
    • A detailed budget.
    • A letter or other documentary evidence of commitment from the stakeholders involved in your partnership.  If you are providing this evidence in a language other than English, please include both the original and an English translation.
    • A bibliography listing any works cited in your application.
  6. Please do not submit copies of research permits and permissions at the application stage. If your application is successful, the Foundation will request copies of the relevant documents when we notify you of your award. The Foundation will not release grant funds to a grantee until we have received copies of all relevant permits. In your application, we will ask you to list the permit(s) required for the proposed project and the estimated date(s) by which you expect to secure them. Your knowledge of the permits required for your project will help demonstrate your awareness of the ethical issues your research will raise.  This information allows us to evaluate whether your project is feasible and whether you are prepared to begin conducting research. Depending on the project, examples of permits can include research visas; approvals or exemptions from Institutional Review Boards and other ethics committees, human subjects approvals, animal care and use approvals, government clearances, excavation permits, letters of affiliation, and permissions from the local scientific, academic, museum, institutional, or tribal authorities who exercise oversight in your research area. Please do not contact the Foundation to ask which permits you need: instead consult with your contacts and/or advisors.)
  7. Before submitting your application, please read the information on US tax issues applicable to all grantees Refer to the Wenner-Gren website for details.
  8. Non-US citizens should read the information on US visa requirements for Non-US citizens who are present or coming to the United States as part of their research project Refer to the Wenner-Gren website for details.
  9. Successful applicants are required to comply with all US laws. These include, but are not limited to, regulations governed by the US Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). OFAC administers US Government sanction programs and regulations pertaining to the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List). Please consult the US Department Treasury website for more information on US Government sanction programs and the SDN List at 
  10. OFAC requires special documentation for research projects located in the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Crimea (including Sevastopol), and Venezuela. The Foundation does not require this documentation at the stage of application, but we must receive it before grant funds are disbursed. Refer to the Wenner-Gren website for more information.
  11. Do not send any other materials beyond what is requested in the application.  Do not send transcripts, letters of recommendation, manuscripts, publications, photographs, or recordings. We will not use this material in the review process, and it cannot be returned.