INQUA funding is provided to stimulate the development of research networks, and is divided into three categories:

1)    Single or Multi-year Project INQUA Grant

2)    Conference / Meeting INQUA Grant

3)    Skills Enhancement Activity INQUA Grant

At its broadest scale, INQUA’s role is to foster international collaboration in the field of Quaternary Science.  INQUA has established Commissions to divide Quaternary science into coherent thematic units that are most relevant to the current research environment. These Commissions are composed of scientists who are interested in the research areas covered by the Commission and anyone may join by visiting the Commission pages.

During each four-year inter-congress period, INQUA's Commissions welcome applications for multi-year projects that will address important, large-scale issues within the broad area of focus of each Commission.  These multi-year projects should have international networking as their core mission, alongside developing Early Career Researcher (ECR - definition here) and Developing Country Researcher (DCR - definition here) contributions in their area of interest.

Alongside the multi-year projects we also encourage applications for single year projects which are designed to allow networking between researchers on any topic relevant to the funding Commission.  These projects should aim to complete their activities within one calendar year, but may apply for repeat funding to enable them to become multi-year projects as necessary. 

We also offer support for individual conferences or meetings that cover topics of interest to the supporting Commissions and that prioritise ECR / DCR attendance.

INQUA also provides Skills Enhancement funding. This funding is intended to support meetings, workshops or training activities that are related to the Quaternary Sciences, but are not necessarily linked to ongoing projects within each Commission.

INQUA Grant applications should be in line with INQUA's basic goal i.e. to promote improved communication and international collaboration in experimental and applied aspects of Quaternary research, with networking as the focus.

For all streams of funding it is important to contact the relevant Commission prior to applying to ensure resources are available. There is a single grant application form to apply for all of the categories listed above.

Multi-year / Single-year Project INQUA Grant

A multi-year project is a non-permanent collaboration designed to address scientific topics of wide international significance. Thus projects do not represent a field of study (which is the role of the INQUA Commissions) but rather seek to answer specific scientific questions.

Multi-year project duration is normally the 4 years of the inter-congress period, but may, if started later in the cycle, also cross the inter-congress period boundary and will be able to continue in the following inter-congress period. This will however require approval of the new Commission and Executive Committee at the time of handover between Commission officers.  The maximum number of years of funding available for a multi-year project is 8 years.

The funding application should lay out a plan for up to four years (in the first instance) and involve ECRs and DCRs in the planning and formulation of the project. Progress will be reported each year and continuing funding will be contingent on the success of the project. 

Yearly support for multi-year projects is 5000 Euro. In exceptional cases, where a convincing case is made, funding may be extended to a maximum of 8000 Euro per year.

A single year project can be on a smaller scale than a multi-year project, both in terms of scientific questions being asked or level of international participation. It is designed to allow international networking between researchers on any topic relevant to the funding Commission.  These projects should aim to complete their activities within one calendar year, but may apply for repeat funding to enable them to become multi-year projects if their activities continue and grow over time.

Yearly support for single-year projects is also 5000 Euro. In exceptional cases, where a convincing case is made, again funding may be extended to a maximum of 8000 Euro per year.


Applications for multi or single-year project funding (application form available here) must demonstrate that the project:

1)    will address a significant question that is central to the work of the sponsoring Commission;

2)    make significant progress towards answering this question through collaboration and within a reasonable timeframe (within a calendar year for the single-year project category);

3)    has an explicit plan for activities throughout the proposed duration of the project, and have a high-level of buy-in from the international INQUA community, as shown by e.g. active participation;

4)    has a framework that is responsive to community needs and open to community participation, including involving early-career and developing-country researchers in significant roles;

5) has identified concrete outcomes or products explicitly.

Conference / Meeting INQUA Grant

Funding is available for stand-alone conferences or meetings outside of the umbrella of the single or multi-year INQUA Project funding.  INQUA is able to support international meetings that cover topics of interest to sponsoring Commissions.  To secure funding, meeting organisers should prioritise ECR and DCR involvement in these meetings.

The maximum level of support for a stand-alone conference or meeting is 5000 Euro. In exceptional cases, where a convincing case is made, funding may be extended to a maximum of 8000 Euro to support a single meeting.

Skills Enhancement Activity Grant

The goal of this funding is to widen the skill base within the INQUA community, specifically through assisting scientists who lack well-developed infrastructures or networks (including but not limited to early career and developing country scientists), through encouraging networking, exchanges of information and techniques, training, and bringing people together e.g. to develop new single or multi-year projects.

Skills Enhancement funding can be used for the development and running of INQUA training courses or summer schools, INQUA workshops focusing on networking within a specific region or for a specific technique/interest area, and/or the production of teaching and training resources to assist new practitioners in specific techniques.

Applications for Skills Enhancement funding must demonstrate:

1)    the need for skills enhancement in a particular region/field;

2)    how the proposed activities will foster skills enhancement;

3)    who will benefit directly from the funding;

4)    how the skills enhancement activity will benefit the INQUA community in the longer term.

Applications to this scheme are independent and distinct from the other categories of funding. A proposal under the Skills Enhancement scheme would typically be for funding
of between 4000-8000 Euros.

Financial considerations

Funding through any of the categories of INQUA grant may be used for:

  1. Participation (travel, accommodation and subsistence) of researchers in meetings organised through the Project or Conference. At least 75% of the amount of the grant used to fund participation should support the participation of ECRs and/or DCRs in project events (definitions of ECR and DCR found here).
  2. Rental of rooms for conferences/meetings.
  3. Rental of vehicles for meeting-related field trips.
  4. Costs associated with video-conferencing (Zoom, etc)
  5. The development of webcasts and podcasts


Funding through the Skills Enhancement grant may additionally be used for:

  1. Development of teaching/training resources relating to the skill enhancement activity being planned


Funding requests that INQUA will NOT support:

  1. Salaries or stipends on any type.
  2. Travel and registration costs for meetings such as EGU, AGU, etc. However INQUA can support project meetings held in association with larger meetings e.g either before or after but not during the third party meeting.
  3. Server costs for websites, databases etc.
  4. Journal or book publication costs.
  5. Purchase of equipment or analyses.
  6. Institutional overheads.


Multi-year Projects will normally be approved in principle for the whole of the current inter-congress period. However funds will be allocated on a yearly basis, subject to evaluation of Project activities in the preceding year and submission of an updated budget each October.