Geoanalytical Research and Networking Grants

The IAG was delighted to announce in August 2019 the launch of a new series of grants to support research and networking by IAG members in the geoanalytical or metrological sciences.

The Geoanalytical Research and Networking Grants (GRNGs) were designed to cover either:

  • Up to $5,000 towards the costs of a research project related to the goals of the IAG; or
  • Up to $3,000 towards the cost of travel and subsistence for visit to a collaborating institution

These grants were open to IAG members only. One of the conditions of these awards was that the outcomes from the research should be published in Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research provided the manuscript meets the quality requirements of our journal.

Twelve applications were received by the deadline of 30 September 2019. These were assessed by the IAG Awards Committee based on a ranking scheme that judged relevance to IAG core field, quality of science, likelihood of success and possibility of publication in GGR.

Eight proposals were considered to be worthy of funding at a total cost of $35,160 US and the successful applicants were informed on 11 December 2019.

A summary of the winners and their projects:

Principal Investigator



Mike Thompson (UK)

Pilot study to determine whether certified values (CV) and assigned values (AV) within a group of reference materials (RM) are internally consistent


Maximilian Hansen (Germany)

Carbonate reference materials for S isotope analysis by laser ablation ICP-MS


Alicja Wudarska (Poland)

Development of new apatite reference materials for U-Pb dating


Laura Bracciali (South Africa)

Natural causes of isotopic variability in rutile reference materials and strategies to improve precision and accuracy of rutile U-Pb data


Cruz-Uribe (USA)

Method development for in situ Sr isotope analysis by LA-ICP-MS/MS


Robert Bolhar (South Africa)

Visit to University of Melbourne to learn about Pb isotope ratio measurements by single collector high resolution ICP-MS for tracing environmental pollution


Richard Conrey (USA)

Determination of Nb and Zr concentrations in rock RMs by standard addition and analysis by WDXRF and LA-ICP-MS to reduce uncertainties to 1-2% level.


Dany Savard (Canada)

Visit to University of Tasmania to explore novel applications of fs-LA-LIBS-ICP-TOF-MS