Gifts and Grants


Activities Supported

The General Fund: The Endowment fund of the Meteoritical Society supports a variety of activities through grants given from the General Fund, including activities that broaden public awareness and knowledge about meteorites, that help young people to establish scientific careers in the study of meteorites, that help scientists from under-developed countries study meteoritics and planetary science, and that facilitate recovery of meteorites for scientific and educational purposes.  The Endowment Committee evaluates proposals for funds to carry out activities such as these. The Guidelines for preparing a proposal can be found here: Guidelines for Grant Requests.  Examples of previously funded projects are listed here: Projects Supported.
     The General Fund also supports several ongoing activities, including the annual Pellas-Ryder Award, which recognizes the best planetary science paper first-authored by an undergraduate or graduate student published in a peer-reviewed journal.  In recent years, the Society has used the General Fund to support travel for students to attend the Society’s Annual Meeting.  Selection for these awards is done through the organizers of the Annual Meeting and should be applied for under the guidelines and procedures set out on the Annual Meeting website.

The Nier Prize Fund supports the Nier Prize, which is typically given annually and recognizes outstanding research in meteoritics and closely allied fields by young scientists.  The recipient will be a scientist who has not yet reached his or her thirty-fifth birthday at the end of the calendar year in which he or she is selected by the Council, or whose doctorate was awarded no more than seven calendar years before the year of selection by the Council.  The award was established in 1995 to honor the memory of Alfred O. C. Nier, and was started by an endowment gift given by Mrs. Ardis H. Nier. Procedures for nominating someone for the Nier Prize can be found at: Nier Prize.  

The McKay Fund supports the McKay Award, which honors the memory of Gordon A. McKay.  The award is given each year to the student who gives the best oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the society.  The recipient must be a full-time student, a member of the Society, and must not have won the McKay Award before. Procedures for nominating someone for the McKay Award can be found at: McKay Award.  

The TIM Fund (Travel for International Members) supports travel to the Society’s Annual Meeting by scientists who are Society members from countries with limited financial resources.  These awards are granted through the organizers of the Annual Meeting and should be applied for under the guidelines and procedures set out in the Annual Meeting website.  Applications for these funds must be accompanied by an abstract for a presentation, a letter explaining the need for the funds, information about any prior awards from the Society, and a budget for this travel.  The awards are based on the perceived merit of the contribution of the applicant to the Annual Meeting and to the field of meteoritics.  Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received funds from the Society, although second applications may be considered.