Red Slipper Research Fund

Why has the fund been established?  – To encourage new research into all aspects of Arthur Ransome’s life and writings. This is one of the five objectives of the Society. The trustees and the members of the Literary & Resources Committee believe there is still much to learn about Ransome.

What funding is available?   –  Grants will normally be limited to £50 or £100 per person in any given year.


Who may apply?  –  All members of the Society.


How do I apply?  –  By completing the simple application form.


Who determines whether applications are successful or not?  –  The members of the Literary & Resources Committee will do this. If a bid is unsuccessful, the applicant will be given an explanation.


How will the Committee assess bids?  The committee will decide whether the research proposed is relevant and sufficiently original to warrant TARS support.  The Committee will also determine the size of the grant. This will depend on; the nature of the research and the significance of the expected results. Special consideration may be given to students who are undertaking Ransome related research as part of an educational thesis.


What may the grant be spent on?  –  There are no hard or fast rules – the aim is that TARS may make a useful contribution to the cost of the research and its publication. Costs incurred on travel to a research centre (e.g. The Brotherton Library, Abbot Hall etc), photocopying, copyright fees, printing and publication costs are all eligible.


Do any conditions apply?  –  Only costs incurred after the approval of an application are eligible. One copy of the product of the research, whether it is a script for a talk, an article, a publication, a book, or educational work, is placed in the TARS Library and thus made available for TARS members to read.


When do I apply?   –  The deadlines will be 1st April and 1st October each year.  The Chairman will inform the applicant of the outcome of their application, immediately after the Committee’s October or April meeting.




TARS Literary & Resources Committee May 2009