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Research Grants

BABAO offers funding grants for research projects that are available annually, by competition. The competition is open to ALL members of the association who paid their dues by the 31st of January of the application year.

These grants may be used to support research in biological anthropology (on all extant and extinct primates) and osteoarchaeology (human and non-human).

Two types of grants are available. One type is reserved for research in the contract/commercial sector (up to £2,500: £1000 for research costs and £1500 to buy out time from the employer). The other grant is reserved for the academic sector (£1,000 for research costs only). The higher sum available for the commercial sector is to cover the cost of buying out time from their company, to allow for sufficient free time to conduct the research. Applications for more than these sums will not be considered. Care costs (e.g. childcare costs) can be factored in to research grant applications where the research could not feasibly be conducted otherwise. The number of grants awarded each year will depend upon the quality of applications and the state of the association’s finances.

Further guidance and information on eligibility and what can be funded can be found here. Make sure to review these documents before submission.

BABAO offers grants specifically dedicated to the decolonisation of our research, learning and teaching, and diversification of our profession: The Decolonising and Diversifying Osteology and Biological Anthropology (DDOBA) Grant. This grant scheme operates alongside the current research grant scheme. The amount of funding available, application process, general eligibility criteria and deadlines are the same as the research grant scheme. Both academic (for independent researchers, members employed in research/teaching, and students) and commercial applications (where members require ‘buy-out’ from their roles) will be considered.

The application round for 2024 is open! The application deadline is 1st May 2024, 23:59 (GMT). All paid up members (before 31st January 2024) are eligible to apply.

All BABAO Research Grant applications must be submitted electronically to Dr Rachel Schats, Grants Secretary, at grants@babao.org.uk and must: 

  • Be in pdf format
  • Follow the BABAO Grant Guidelines
  • Include a two-page summary CV for the applicant
  • Include a letter of support where required (i.e., for access to external material, and destructive analysis where relevant)
  • All applications for research projects involving destructive analysis are required to complete an additional ‘Destructive Analysis Supplementary Form’, which must be submitted at the same time as the application form

Find below the Academic and Commercial Application forms, and a supplementary form in case your research involves destructive analysis.

The funds associated with the grant have to be spent/requested within one year of the receipt of the grant, and awardees have two years to complete the research and analyse and present results

Grant winners are expected to present their research at the BABAO conference within the 2 years following the award (e.g., 2023 grant winners are expected to present at either the 2024 or 2025 conferences). A breakdown of spending has to be provided to the Grants Secretary before the BABAO conference.

Grant applications will be reviewed by the Board of Trustees. Please note that incomplete applications and those that do not follow the guidelines will be automatically disqualified.

Notification will be given directly to the applicants, the BABAO e-mail list, and the BABAO website.

Commercial Grant
  • Sheridan Strang (Novetus GmbH Archaeological Services) "The bioarchaeological detection of nicotine and its metabolites in tooth dentin: A pilot study".


  • Academic Grants
  • Rachael Hall (Leiden University) "Exploring proteomic analysis for identifying brucellosis in archaeological human skeletons".
  • Heidi Shaw (Durham University) "Exploring Adolescence in Medieval Nubia through Amelogenin Analysis of Dental Enamel".
  • Commercial Grant
  • Chris Chinnock (MOLA) "Osteological and stable isotope analysis of an early Anglo-Saxon cemetery at whitehall Farm, Nether Heyford Northamptonshire".


  • Academic Grants
  • Maia Casna (Leiden University) "Childhood morbidity and health in adulthood: using ear infections to identify past life-course connections".
  • Emma Smith (University of Edinburgh) "Investigation of the relationship between diet and physiological stress in two conflict-affected populations from medieval Croatia".
  • Christina Koureta (British School in Athens) "Narrowing the gaps: Investigating the significantly understudied Geometric populations of Greece through macroscopic skeletal analysis".
  • Commercial Grant
  • Emma Bonthorne "Investigating diet and mobility in a medieval pilgrim hospital and parish church from Navarre, Spain".
  • Milena Grzybowska "Multi-isotope and osteological study of decapitated and non-decapitated individuals from Black Cat Quarry, Bedfordshire".
  • Gaynor Western "An Old Conundrum: Spatial Analysis of Paget’s Disease Distribution in UK Archaeological Populations".


  • Academic Grants
  • Heidi Shaw "Testing the Limits of a New Method: Sex Determination Using Chromosome-Linked Peptides from Tooth Enamel".
  • Mackenzie Masters "Oxygen isotope analysis of three contemporaneous mortuary populations from late Roman Ibida, Romania".
  • Ruth O’Donoghue and Mandi Curtis "High temporal-resolution carbon and nitrogen dentine microsampling from two non-adults with severe cuspal enamel hypoplasia".
  • Academic Grants
  • Samantha DeSimone "Evaluation of photogrammetric point clouds for the recording of mass graves during excavation".
  • Emma Doherty "The impact of socio-ecological environment on the ontogeny of multimodal communication in chimpanzees".
  • Catrin Fear "Caught in a Trap: A pilot study examining the presence of lead debris in dental calculus from medieval mining populations".
  • Christianne Fernee "Under pressure: exploring dental functional biomechanics".
  • Kori Filipek "Metal Detecting: A multidisciplinary investigation into the effects of environmental pollution in the development of s(Cu)rvy".
  • Samantha Leggett "Understanding Iberian Transitions - Diet and Mobility in Azuqueca de Henares throughout the first millennium AD".
  • Pilar Mata Tutor "The erratic behaviour of cut marks left by bread serrated knives in intact and burnt bones".
  • Academic Grants
  • Creighton Avery (McMaster University) "Eating as Adults: Investigating Dietary Change in Adolescents from Isola Sacra (Italy, 1-4th centuries AD)".
  • Carla Burrell (Leiden University; Norton Priory) "Imaging diagnosis of Paget’s Disease of Bone in the medieval Norton Priory Collection".
  • Alexis-Marie Jordan (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee) "Court Farm, Woodleigh: New Investigations of Devon's Only Surviving Iron Age-Early Roman Burial".
  • Ross Kendall (Durham University) "Hunting Haemozoin: Tracing Malaria in the Early Medieval Fens".
  • Leslie Quade (Durham University) "Stressed to the Tooth? Cortisol from archaeological tooth dentine".
  • Kirsty Squires (Staffordshire University) "The impact of occupation and environment on health and development in nineteenth century Staffordshire".
  • Commercial Grants
  • Katie Tucker (University of Winchester) "Dissecting the Destitute: Investigating Anatomised Human Remains from the Armenfriedhöfe of Berlin".
  • Lauren McIntyre (Oxford Brookes University) "The All Saints Anchoress. An Osteobiography".
  • Sharon Clough (Cotswold Archaeology) "Solving the Mystery of the Bones from Cannington Park Quarry Cave".


  • Academic Grants
  • Barbara Veselka (Leiden University) "Radiological assessment of vitamin D deficiency prevalence in two post-Medieval populations Beemster and Hattem, Netherlands".
  • Simone Lemmers (University of Kent) "Bio-erosion as a tool for unlocking pre-cremation funerary practices in the Chalcolithic Perdigões enclosure, Portugal".
  • Commercial Grants
  • Natasha Powers (Allen Archaeology Ltd) "Revealing Roman Lincoln: a burial resource assessment for Lindum Colonia".
  • Sophie Newman (Freelance Osteoarchaeologist) "Growing Old in the Industrial Age: ageing, health, and social identity in elderly females (18th-19th C)".


  • Academic Grants
  • Lulia Rusu (Cardiff University) "Exploring Magyar Diet and Health: Integrating osteoarchaeology and isotope analysis".
  • Christopher Aris (University of Kent) "Testing a new multivariate dental morphometric method of juvenile assessment on a known sex population".
  • Academic Grants
  • Rachel Schats (Leiden University) "Syphilis in The Netherlands. Dating and provenance of three syphilitic individuals from Kampen".
  • Stephanie Payne (University of Cambridge) "Extremities at the Extremes: How do altitude-associated stresses shape Sherpa hand and food morphology?".
  • Christianne Fernee (University of Southampton/Bristol) "Like pulling teeth: tooth variation within and between populations in the South of Britain".
  • Commercial Grant
  • Paola Ponce (University College London) "Diagnosing Legg-Calve-Perthes disease in human skeletal remains".


  • Academic Grants
  • Edouard Masson-MacLean (University of Aberdeen) "New methods to solve old problems; identifying salmon and trout vertebrae using geometric morphometrics".
  • Vitale Sparacello (Durham University) "A new case of Neolithic turberculosis from Liguria, Italy: the Pollera 21 child".