The INA Foundation is designed to promote education and research on fossil or living nannoplankton through the accumulation, management, and distribution of charitable funds. Through our generous donors, we are able to award Student Travel Grants to partially defer the costs for students attending our INA Meetings and Workshops.

The INA Foundation also sponsors and awards the Katharina von Salis Graduate Research Fellowship to promote and facilitate research on fossil nannoplankton by the upcoming generation of nannofossil workers.


Truncata cretarhabdus toweius
Blackites truncatus from the Eocene, mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain (SEM) Cretarhabdus conicus from Albian, western North Atlantic (SEM).

Toweius pertusus from the Eocene, mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain (SEM)


Donations to the INA Foundation help us to achieve our goals to help students

The INA Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions by US tax-payers are deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Donations may be sent to:

International Nannoplankton Association Foundation, (Attn: Jean Self Trail), 13222 Loyalty Road, Leesburg, VA 20176, U.S.A.

For electronic transfers, please contact Jean Self-Trail for details.


Katharina von Salis Graduate Research Fellowship

The International Nannoplankton Association (INA) Foundation is pleased to offer a Graduate Research Fellowship honoring Prof. Dr. Katharina von Salis (also known as Katharina Perch-Nielsen) for her many contributions to fossil nannoplankton research and to the INA. The Katharina von Salis Fellowship is intended for students actively seeking advanced degrees researching any aspect of fossil nannoplankton research.

Applications for the 2018 grant (value $2500) are now invited, closing date 1st August. For applications we need an outline of your experience with and interest in nannoplankton, a statement of the research you seek funding for and a letter of approval from your supervisor.
For details please download the notes and application form


Lena Wulff, 2017 Winner of the Katharina von Salis Graduate Research Fellowship

My PhD project at the Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) aims at studying the "Mid Barremian event" (Lower Cretaceous, 125 Ma). This event is represented by black shale depositions, thus it is under discussion in the scientific community, whether it is a so called Oceanic Anoxic Event (OAE) or not. These OAEs are specific and intensively studied features of the Jurassic and Cretaceous period, reflecting short time intervals in which bottom waters of the world's oceans were depleted in oxygen, causing a massive deposition of organic rich sediments.

I want to study the Mid Barremian event with respect to calcareous nannofossil assemblages, their diversity and abundance. By using this group of primary producers I want to contribute to a better understanding of the nature of this paleoceanographic event. Furthermore, I want to understand the impact of the Mid Barremian event as an example for major paleoecological perturbations on calcareous nannofossils.


Current Board of Directors of the INA Foundation