New investments in research grants for UK academics

The Honor Frost Foundation, and the British Academy are continuing to support research related to maritime archaeology around the world, by offering BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants made available to academics from UK institutions.

The Honor Frost / British Academy Small Research Grants was launched in 2014 as a public-private partnership, to enhance the pursuit of maritime archaeological research and human interaction with the sea.

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This includes the study of submerged landscapes, geomorphology, coastal/intertidal archaeological surveys, and the development of new maritime survey techniques. Small Research Grants are offered in support of any aspect of research, including travel, fieldwork, archival and desk-based research, and subsequent publications arising from the research funded.

Grants up to the value of £10,000 are open to postdoctoral scholars (with approval of the applicant’s employing institution) who reside in the UK, or independent scholars (who should choose ‘independent scholar’ as the relevant choice from the list of organisations in Flexi-Grant). Co-applicants may be from anywhere in the world, but the Principal Applicant must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

Already the grants have supported pioneering research in associated fields, such as the surveying of Mediterranean shipwrecks to understand ancient Greek maritime networks by Professor Mantha Zarmakoupi and Dr George Koutsouflakis, revealing the importance of the island of Levitha as a steppingstone in the maritime routes between Greece and Asia Minor, especially in the early and late Hellenistic periods. Find out more

The Honor Frost Foundation

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The Honor Frost Foundation was founded in 2011. Honor Frost was an early pioneer in the field of underwater archaeology. When Honor died in 2010 she left the bulk of her estate to establish the foundation to promote marine and maritime archaeology with a focus on the eastern Mediterranean.

The Foundation’s mission is to promote the advancement and research, including publication, of maritime archaeology with particular focus on the eastern Mediterranean, specifically Lebanon, Syria, Cyprus and Egypt.

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Mark Milligan
Mark Milligan
Mark Milligan is multi-award-winning journalist and the Managing Editor at HeritageDaily. His background is in archaeology and computer science, having written over 7,500 articles across several online publications. Mark is a member of the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW), the World Federation of Science Journalists, and in 2023 was the recipient of the British Citizen Award for Education, the BCA Medal of Honour, and the UK Prime Minister's Points of Light Award.

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