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Sail Training International Research Fund 2019/20 Open for Applications

April 24, 2019

Sail Training International is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2019/20 Sail Training International Research Fund. The £20,000 grant aims to support the growth of the body of research available to aid development and awareness of sail training programs around the world.

Proposals are invited from researchers around the academic world and funding may be requested up to a maximum of £20,000. Proposals should support the charitable aims of Sail Training International including (but not limited to) the following objectives:

  • Improving sail training outcomes globally
  • Identifying new outcomes of sail training participation
  • Increasing sail training accessibility for global youth
  • Providing empirical evidence of sail training’s short-term and long-term impact on participants

Applications are to be submitted by 30th June 2019.

At the conclusion of the application window, submissions received during this time will be reviewed and funds will be allocated according to merit and the researcher’s capacity to assist the sail training community to support, improve and/or promote its outcomes and objectives. Final decisions will be based on the decision of the Research Grant Fund (RGF) Committee.

The RGF Committee will consist of the following;

  • CEO of Sail Training International (or delegated representative)
  • One Sail Training International trustee (Research Portfolio)
  • One representative of Sail Training International Ships Council
  • One invited research academic advisor (selected from a partner university)

Applicants must be conducting their study through, or in collaboration with, a recognised higher learning academic institution such as (but not limited to) a University and must not be funded through a commercial research organisation.

Applications must be written in English and include the following;

  • A completed application form
  • An Academic CV of the primary researcher with a bibliography of any previously published work
  • An itemised total budget including details of the total funding required, other funding secured, and estimated expenses (including and identifying those relating to expenditure of the requested amount)
  • An expected time for study completion and final report delivery and milestones for staged release of approved funds
  • An outline of expected publication avenues for the final report including (but not limited to) journals, academic databases, text references or published theses

Please note as a stipulation of receiving the grant the applicant must agree to have a progress report or final report ready to present to the assembled delegates at the Sail Training International Conference the year following the awarding of grant funds.

Applicants may also seek support in the form of a written letter from either the National Sail Training Organisation (NSTO) of the country in which they are seeking to conduct the main portion of the study or the country of their origin where they will be based to complete the study.

Applications must be submitted electronically to by 30th June 2019.

As part of the awarding of the grant funds, Sail Training International requires a written agreement granting non­ exclusive rights to the final report of the study for use by Sail Training International and its members to support, promote and improve sail training outcomes.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission and what portion of the fund has been allocated in writing within 4 weeks of the close of applications.

Applications for studies already underway will be considered, however funds will not be applied retrospectively and can only be utilised for ‘new’ costs that are incurred following successful selection until the end of the allocated funding period.

Reimbursement of allocated funds can be made as expenses are incurred – and should be made by the researcher to Sail Training International through the established financial process – up to the agreed grant allocation. Successful grant applicants may receive an invitation to present at the appropriate conference and therefore be able to apply for Speaker’s Fund financial assistance in regard to conference registration, accommodation and travel.

A contract outlining the intellectual property, data use, ownership and associated publishing rights, along with a payment schedule of funds allocated to key deliverable milestones will be signed prior to the funds being awarded.

Applicants do not have to apply for the whole £20,000 if their study does not warrant it. The Research Grant Fund (RGF) committee can opt to support as many projects as the budget allows and may seek to apply for additional funds should they be deemed necessary which will be awarded at the discretion of the Sail Training International trustees. There is no limit to the number of studies that may be supported through this process (up to the limit of the fund allocation). The RGF committee may opt to not award any grant funds in the event no suitable submissions are made.


 Download Sail Training International Research Grant Application Form

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