Applications can be for any field of science (including medicine), must have a Canterbury connection, and should be for purposes consistent with the objects of the Branch, i.e. to advance and promote science, technology and philosophy. Awards are intended for one-off projects and may be for small items of equipment but not for large items of capital expenditure. They are not intended to be used to support ongoing costs or as a contribution to institutional running costs. However, awards may be made to institutions for a particular purpose.