SKLOG Open Research Fund Call for Proposals (2019)

Deadline for proposal submission: Feb 25, 2019.

This Call for Proposals is formulated and released by the State Key Laboratory of Organic Geochemistry (SKLOG) with the aim to promote academic international collaboration and conduct in-depth, systematic and innovative research.
The major research areas of SKLOG cover petroleum and gas geochemistry, environmental organic geochemistry, and biogeochemistry, so as to meet the strategic requirement by the state for petroleum and gas resources and environment in the last decade as well as the development trends of the discipline of modern organic geochemistry.

Funding Scope
The SKLOG Fund consists of 4 categories of programs with respective preferential focuses, i.e., General Research Programs, International Cooperation Programs, Research Programs on Major Facilities, and Special Programs for Joint Institute for Environmental Research and Education (JIE).

  1. General Research Programs
    General Research Programs are aimed at achieving innovative results in the following basic research areas:
    (1) Deep source rocks: hydrocarbon formation and accumulation
    (2) Environmental pollution and its effects on ecosystem and health
    (3) Regional biogeochemistry and environmental processes
    (4) Geochemistry of unconventional oil and gas
  2. International Cooperation Programs (only for overseas scholars)
    International Cooperation Programs support overseas excellent scholars to conduct high-level joint research with scientists in SKLOG.
    (1) Project for scholars from the countries in the Belt & Road regions
    (2) Project for foreign scientists
  3. Research Programs on Major Facilities
    Research Programs on Major Facilities support innovative research by using the following major facilities in SKLOG. Applicants should mainly introduce the scientific significance and innovative ideas in proposals.
    (1) Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry (FT-ICR-MS)
    (2) Smog Chamber
    (3) 14C -Accelerator Mass Spectrometry
  4. Special Programs for JIE (only for scientists in JIE)
    JIE is a multilateral international institution co-built by Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (GIGCAS), Lancaster University, South China Agricultural University and Pearl River Water Resources Commission of the Ministry of Water Resources. JIE focuses on the promotion of environmental research, education and innovation. The Special Programs support scientists in JIE doing basic and applied research within the scope of JIE. SKLOG will grant no more than 3 projects this year.

Eligibility and Requirements for Application

  1. Eligibility: qualified applicants should meet the following criteria
    (1) Have experience of conduct basic research
    (2) Have senior professional position (title), or be recommended by researchers in the same research area with senior professional position (title)
    (3) PhD students and equals must be recommended by their supervisors
    To encourage young scientists to apply, the applications of young researchers have the priority to be funded under the same conditions. The application of a full professor is generally not funded except for International Cooperation Programs. 
  2. Requirements:
    (1) Applications should be in line with the major research orientation and the funding scope of SKLOG.
    (2) Experimental design should base on the analysis and testing capabilities of SKLOG facilities. (
    (3) Matching fund is required.

Award Information

Project Duration: One year or two years
Award size: RMB 50,000 Yuan per project. The award of International Cooperation Programs is mainly used to pay international travel costs of the grantee. For other programs, the award is mainly used to pay facility costs in SKLOG (>80%) and domestic travel costs must be within 20% of the award size. Matching fund is required to cover other costs of the project, i.e., sampling, materials and supplies.

Proposal Submission

Applicants should complete the proposal forms following the instructions and outlines for the Fund. The proposal forms are available in the SKLOG website ( The target date for annual application is February 25. For application this year, the date of submission should not be later than the target date.

Project Management

  1. The grantees should guarantee to work in SKLOG for months per year and submit annual reports.
  2. SKLOG creates a financial account for each grantee. Payments must meet the financial management systems requirements of GIGCAS.
  3. The ownership of research results is shared by SKLOG and the grantees’ institution.
  4. Each grantee must publish at least one SCI-indexed paper with the acknowledgment of funding support from the granted project.

Contact Information

Application proposals and inquiries should be sent via e-mail to: 

Ms Zhou Jiayi
State Key Laboratory of Organic Geochemistry
Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Address: 511 Kehua Street, Guangzhou 510640, China
Tel: +86-20-85290178