International Collaborative Archaeological and Bioarchaeological Research Program (ICAB)

America for Bulgaria Foundation

December 1, 2012

The American Research Center in Sofia (ARCS) invites proposals for the International Collaborative Archaeological and Bioarchaeological Research Program (ICAB), to be implemented with the support of the America for Bulgaria Foundation (ABF).

The program promotes international collaboration between scholars from Bulgaria and the US, as well as other nations, including the Balkans. The intent of ICAB is to fund archaeological and bioarchaeological research, including fieldwork, museum research, and/or laboratory research. The program strongly encourages proposals from researchers interested in employing and developing innovative analytical techniques that will advance the scientific study of the human past. Projects that promise to provide opportunities for training undergraduate and graduate students are especially welcome. The program requires that Bulgarian and American researchers serve as co-Primary Investigators (PIs) on the grant. It is expected that there will be substantial collaboration on the part of each team member. The American co-PI must apply through an accredited US institution, to which the award will be granted.  That institution will be responsible for the financial oversight of the grant. Requests for funding must be in US dollars and should not, under normal circumstances, exceed $50,000 for one year. 

Application materials (ICAB13.1 and ICAB Standard Budget Form) are posted on the website of the American Research Center in Sofia ( and on the website of The Field Museum ( Per request, Dr. Emil Nankov ( and Mrs. Dilyana Ivanova  ( can also provide the application package via email.

All application materials must be received by December 1, 2012. Applications received later than December 1 will not be considered. The most recent form must be used, and it will be available online by the end of the summer. A full application, consisting of a hard copy of the proposal materials and an electronic copy on CD, must be submitted to both of the following addresses:

Inquiries about eligibility and applications can be sent in English via email to or Inquiries in Bulgarian can be addressed to Mrs. Dilyana Ivanova at and Dr. Emil Nankov at


Contact Name: 
Dilyana Ivanova
312 665 7478

At the time of application submission, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements. The Bulgarian co-PI must have a master’s or doctoral degree and English proficiency, and hold a permanent position in a Bulgarian research institute, museum, or university. The American co-PI must have a doctoral degree from an accredited university and hold a position in an accredited US institution, or be an advanced doctoral student in an accredited university. American doctoral students are required to apply as senior personnel with their dissertation advisor and a Bulgarian counterpart as the Primary Investigators. Applications should be made through an institution to which the grant can be awarded, and which will assume financial oversight of the award.