The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation established the Grants Program in 1976 to promote scholarship, research, writing, teaching, and the study of mineral resources law and related fields at law schools. In 2017 the Grants Program was expanded to include innovative new projects or proposals in the fields of mining law, oil and gas law, energy law, water law, public land law, and related legal areas.

A Grant-supported project should result in a clear, tangible outcome with widespread utility and long-term value. Since the program’s inception, 258 Grants totaling over $740,000 have been authorized.


Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Preparation of books, articles, and similar materials for publication
  • Preparation of teaching materials
  • Research expenses incurred by faculty and supervised law students
  • Start-up funding for new educational programs, classes, or conferences
  • For Constituent Law Schools (CLS) of the Foundation, travel costs for CLS professors and practitioners to visit other CLS to teach law school classes or provide scholarly lectures

Examples of eligible expenses include research assistant compensation, publication costs, publicity costs, essential travel related directly to the project, project-related compensation, and data acquisition costs.

The Grants Program will not support recurring projects or programs; projects that involve political or positional advocacy or litigation; or scholarships, fellowships, or visiting professorships.

New – Visiting Lecture Program

To encourage the exchange of ideas and expertise between Constituent Law Schools (CLS) of the Foundation and between CLS and experienced practitioners, CLS are eligible to receive funding for the reimbursement of costs for a CLS professor or an experienced practitioner to travel to another CLS to teach a law school class or provide a scholarly lecture to the law school community or both. Click here for more information.


Applications are evaluated and awards made by the Grants Committee, with preference given to CLS of the Foundation. Only CLS are eligible for funding under the visiting lecture program. The Foundation does not permit any portion of Grant funds to be applied to pay an administrative fee or charge.


Applications are evaluated as received on a continuing basis, except that larger Grant requests (generally those in excess of $7,500) may be evaluated quarterly since funds are limited and the Committee wishes to ensure that funds go to the most worthy projects. No special application form is required. Please email a cover letter and project description including the following information to

  • Your contact details and qualifications to undertake the project
  • A specific description of the project’s objectives and duration (including a proposed timeline), the project’s expected contribution to the field, how the project will be implemented, and the project’s intended results and impact
  • A budget of the total anticipated project expenses, including other sources of support being sought or received for the project
  • The amount and intended use of the funds you are requesting, broken out by budget line item or specific category
  • For scholarly writings, the expected publication or dissemination outlet

The application (cover letter and project description) should not exceed four pages. You may also attach your organization’s general brochure and other information you feel would help the Committee better understand your request.

Generally, Grant funding is paid in advance based on the budget submitted by the applicant. Grant awardees are expected to provide a statement of actual expenses compared to the approved budget at the completion of the project. If the total amount of a Grant award exceeds actual expenses, the Grant recipient is expected to refund the excess to the Foundation. For the Visiting Lecture Program, the Foundation will only reimburse actual travel expenses after the completion of travel supported by receipts in accordance with the Foundation’s travel reimbursement policy, not to exceed the approved travel budget. Generally, permissible travel expenses include airfare, shuttle service or Uber (or equivalent) between the airport and hotel or law school, and hotel. The Foundation does not reimburse meals or incidental expenses for travel.


University of Alberta, Professor David Percy

Visiting Lecture Program funding for Professor Owen Anderson to provide lectures to University of Alberta oil and gas and environmental law students on Deepwater Horizon and developments in oil and gas and environmental law.

University of Houston Law Foundation, Professor Jacqueline Weaver

Research support for the Fourth Edition of International Petroleum Transactions.

University of Dundee, Elizabeth Bastida

Research support for book on Mining Law & Governance: Sustainable Development in Context.

North Pacific Research Board, Dr. Betsy Baker

Research support for paper on Who Owns the Arctic? Resource Rights in the Continental Shelf – Why the Law of the Sea Convention Matters to Natural Resources Law.

Columbia Law School, Sabin Center, Romany M. Webb

Support for research on approaches to reducing leaks on the U.S. natural gas pipeline system, specifically how the regulation of distribution utility rates may affect incentives for the adoption of Advanced Metering Infrastructure systems.


Contact the Foundation at 303-321-8100 ext. 107 or