Typical award amount: $10,000
Estimated number of awards: 10 each in 2024 and 2026
Deadline: Fall 2024. Exact date TBD. The AGeS-TRaCE proposal submission portal will open on this page approximately two months before the proposal deadline.

Eligibility details:

  • Proposals can be submitted by faculty, senior scientists, and postdoctoral scientists anywhere in the U.S.
  • AGeS labs are eligible to apply directly for this funding and may otherwise be engaged in TRaCE proposals, but it is not a requirement that a lab be involved in TRaCE projects.

Goals of AGeS-TRaCE

  • Address self-identified community needs in geochronology through focused community-led efforts
  • Seed training and community engagement in key geochronology topics
  • Grow a collaborative geochronology community

Program Overview

There are strong needs for training and community collaboration on numerous topics across geochronology. AGeS-TRaCE is a new funding mechanism that seeks and supports community driven ideas for addressing geochronology needs, such as capturing, formalizing, and disseminating not yet standardized geochronology knowledge that is not widely available, and providing opportunities for collaborative discussion on key geochronology challenges related to human-, technical-, or cyber-infrastructure. For example, much informal knowledge about technical aspects of instruments and data that is critical to ongoing developments in geochronology resides in a handful of individual investigator programs and accessible only to those directly trained in those facilities. One purpose of AGeS-TRaCE is to increase the accessibility of such knowledge to promote important advances in the field.  

Types of Projects Supported by AGeS-TRaCE

Proposals should make the case that the project addresses a community need. Examples of AGeS-TRaCE projects include but are not limited to: accessible webinars, tutorials, and workshops on best practices, lab procedures, instrument design, statistics and uncertainties, or data interpretation; focused meetings to discuss interlaboratory calibration, spikes, new and emerging chronometers, data management systems, modeling tool development or other capabilities needed for the future; and other community needs. This program will be organic and open-minded to supporting different types of community needs identified and addressed by advocates in proposed projects.

Requirements if Funded

  • AGeS awardees are expected to model BAJEDI principles.
  • AGeS awards must be completely expensed within one year of the award.
  • AGeS-TRaCE awardees and TRaCE project participants participate in AGeS evaluation activities.
  • Funding from the AGeS program should be acknowledged in all products.
  • AGeS should be informed of all products by sending an email to contact@agesgeochronology.org, even if the product is generated after the award duration.

  • The AGeS-TRaCE lead PI will submit a final project profile with images from their project for posting on the AGeS3 website.
  • The AGeS-TRaCE lead PI will provide any other final products (e.g., video/text tutorials) to be made available on the AGeS website.

Review Criteria

The review criteria will be posted before the first AGeS-TRaCE proposal cycle in Fall 2024.