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AAC Research Grants
The Research Grant Committee of The American Alpine Club administers funds from two endowments:The Arthur K. Gilkey Memorial Research Fund and the Bedayn Research Fund.

Through these funds, the AAC is able to support modest requests to assist scientific research projects within the scope of the AAC's charter.

Relevance to the research goals of the American Alpine Club is an important category of assessment: research with potential for conservation impact related to the places where climbers climb, contribution to knowledge that impacts climbers, climbing, or mountaineering, with preference for projects based in the US. Preference is given to young/early investigators who are AAC members.

Grants are in the $200 - $1,000 range. In addition to their relevance, applications are considered in terms of their scientific or technical quality and merit:
- the qualifications of the applicant
- strength of the research framework
- dissemination plans
- merit of the investigation
- the financial contribution the AAC grant would make to the total research budget

The application period for AAC Research Grants January 1 to March 1 each year. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications must be submitted electronically via an emailed Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) attachment. An application is required. Please limit the length of proposals to no more than 10 pages total. You may also include attachments that will give the committee a better understanding of your proposal, but we ask that you keep them concise due to the number of proposals we receive.

Selection Process

A committee reviews the applications, selects the recipients, and decides how much each of the recipients will receive. Recipients are typically chosen eight to ten weeks after submittal and all applicants will be notified of the committee's decision at that point. Read about the Committee members.

How To Apply

Submission instructions are contained within the application document. —DOWNLOAD APPLICATION