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)


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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.

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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.

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2018 award is Francesco Miniati of Milan University. Previous winners


Francesco Miniati, 2018 Winner of the Katharina von Salis Graduate Research Fellowship

I am currently a PhD student at the University of Milan (Italy). My research project, which includes the biostratigraphy and paleoecology of calcareous nannofossils during the Late Cretaceous, is mainly focused on Oceanic Anoxic Event 3 (OAE 3), the youngest OAE (Coniacian-Santonian time interval) of the Cretaceous. It differs from older OAEs in that distribution of organic-rich sediments is restricted to the equatorial to mid-latitude Atlantic Ocean. Additionally, there is no pronounced global δ13C anomaly.

My project aims at characterizing the response of calcareous phytoplankton to the OAE 3 perturbation through quantitative studies of nannofossil assemblages in selected sites of the Atlantic Ocean. These will be compared with sections from other oceanic basins. During my first-year investigations, I observed an increase in abundance of the genus Micula during the Coniacian-Santonian in association with the OAE 3, and I want to verify the tempo, mode and extension of such a change. Implications will be relevant for biostratigraphic correlations and ecosystem modelling.


Current Board of Directors of the INA Foundation