Request for Applications (REI)

Applications to the Research, Education and Investment (REI) Fund of the GSSA.


The GSSA Research, Education and Investment Fund (REI Fund) is inviting applications from GSSA paid up-members (including current post-graduate student members) for grants from the Fund, to be received at the GSSA office not later than 31 January 2020. Applications can be made using this online application form.

Grants are intended to support a variety of earth science research costs, including analytical and field costs, conference attendance, and publication costs. Projects that promote and support earth science awareness such as geoheritage, geotourism and geo-education may also be supported. Expenses related to (annual) registration and tuition fees, text books, accommodation, etc. required at Higher Education institutions are not covered.

In particular we welcome applications from post graduate student members and would appreciate it if Heads of Departments at Higher Education Institutions and their staff would inform their students of this opportunity. Grants are usually limited to R20 000 per application but well-motivated applications for larger amounts are also welcome. All applications will be judged on merit and/or the importance to the Society in promoting its image. Note that grants are only awarded to members/student members in good standing.

Applications are screened by the REI Fund Committee during February with input and ratification by the GSSA Management Committee and Council, respectively. In evaluating the applications and recommendations, the Committee considers the merit of each application, and depending on the amount of money available for that year, makes a final decision on the allocation of grants for that year. The decision of the Committee is final and no further correspondence on the matter will be entertained. By following this procedure it is anticipated that applicants will be informed by early to mid-March 2020 whether or not their applications are successful. Recommendations made by the Committee require Council approval, which may delay notifications.

The current members of the REI Fund Committee are: Reinie Meyer (Chairman), Frank Gregory, Bertus Smith, Rob Ingram, Derek Kyle, Richard Viljoen, Mike Wilson and two office bearers of the Society who have ex officio status, namely the President (Sifiso Siwela) and the Executive Manager (Craig Smith).