The FIG Foundation will be providing research grants of up to 40,000 euros spread over four years. The grants are aimed at emerging researchers on the threshold of their research career.  

Applicants shall:

  1.     Be based in a surveying/geomatics academic programme that teaches surveying[1] in a country listed by the World Bank as a low-income, lower-middle or upper-middle income economy[2].
  2.     Have an established record of published research – at least two articles in good quality internationally recognized peer reviewed journals serves as a useful guideline, and
  3.     Have experience in managing postgraduate students.
2018 FIG Foundation Academic Research Grants
Grants will be awarded to a focused research project. The grant holder is expected to conduct the bulk of the research themselves (it is not a research manager’s grant), but at the same time the development of highly qualified personnel (HQP) should be a major component of the project. Postgraduate students should be full time students, and this grant may financial support for their degree studies. However, the principal investigator should be intimately involved in the work.
There are two rounds to the competition. In the first round, applicants will provide the documents listed below. Second round applicants will provide a detailed application using the designated template, in a format similar to the Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) or Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) requirements.
Applications will be judged on the quality of the application and need. In the event that two excellent applications are judged to be of equal quality, applications from low-income and lower-middle income countries will be preferred.

Applications are to be sent to with “FIG Foundation Academic Research Grant Application” shown in Subject Line. Applicants are not to contact Foundation members individually. Decisions are final. No correspondence will be entered into during or after the competition.


Applicants should submit the following set of documents in English as a single file in PDF format:

  1.     A cover sheet showing the candidate’s personal details and those of his/her institution
  2.     A 200 word abstract. This should be written in terms understandable to the lay person; similar to a press release and which the FIG Foundation could actually use as a press release in the event of a successful application.
  3.     A one page research proposal as per the template below on A4 size paper using 25 mm (1” margins). Note that the one page limit will be strictly enforced; material that extends beyond one page will be deleted.
  4.     A list of peer reviewed journal publications over the last 6 years using the International Journal of GIS reference list format. See Notes for Authors on the IJGIS website.
  5.     A list of research funding obtained over the past 5 years, indicating which grants are peer reviewed or not.
  6.     A list of highly qualified personnel whom the applicant has supervised over the last 6 years, Postdoctoral, PhD, Masters, senior undergraduate.
  7.     A description of research compliance, the research account and activity auditing structures and processes in their institution. For example, if a scientist spends money inappropriately, are there structures in place to refund the granting agency?
  8.     A description of the structures and processes in their institution that pertain to research ethics, in particular ethics relating to research involving human subjects, if that is relevant to the grant application.
  9.     A preliminary budget and a one page justification of the budget. Note that as a general rule, equipment will not be funded. Travel to FIG Conferences to present results may be included in the budget. Per diems for field work will not be funded, but reasonable actual costs of field work are refundable.
Section 1 below, should be a maximum of one A4 page, typed in single spaced Times New Roman 12 point font using the stipulated headings. Any additional pages will be deleted from the proposal. Use layman’s language; evaluators are unlikely to be familiar with jargon.

– new page – (maximum one line Times New Roman 12 point capitals)

Research Objective:
State in a sentence or two the central objective of the research.

Significance of the Research / Problem:

Why is this research worth doing? What problem or situation does it address? What are the practical applications of the research? What does it contribute to knowledge?

Current State of Knowledge / Room for Improvement/Gaps:
What is the existing theory in the particular field? What aspects of existing theory are open to challenge or further development?

Research Methodology and Methods:

Describe the theoretical foundation of your work, the primary strategy of inquiry, and the methods of data collection and analysis.

Key Contribution:
Describe the key contribution(s) of this research project, both practical (i.e. to society at large) and theoretical.

References – new page –  in IJGIS format.

Suggested Reading – Sources of Useful Information for Writing a Proper Grant Proposal:

A simple internet search on how to write a good NSERC or SSHRC proposal should yield a number of useful articles. Here are some suggestions:

Click here for suggestions

Send your proposal by email to: or by post:

The FIG Foundation
c/o FIG
Kalvebod Brygge 31-33
DK-1780 Copenhagen V
Tel. + 45 3886 1081
Fax + 45 3886 0252

FIG Foundation Application Deadline is 31 March 2018.

[1] See FIG Definition of the Functions of the Surveyor
[2] See World Bank Country & lending Groups



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