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Exploration Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Experienced Project
Leaders for Projects Relating to Animals, Humans, and the Planet

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Funding Source:

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National Geographic Society

Deadline Date:

10/09/19 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 to USA, Canada, and International experienced project leaders for projects in the areas of education, conservation, storytelling, research, or technology. Proposals are expected to demonstrate successful completion of similar projects with tangible and measurable results. National Geographic Society funded projects should be bold, innovative, and transformative. All proposed projects must be novel and exploratory and align with National Geographic's mission and the following focus areas:

Wildlife: Wildlife includes species-focused projects and the local evolutionary and ecological processes that sustain them. Although extinction is a natural part of evolution, the current accelerated loss of species means that novel approaches and solutions are needed that support biological diversity and abundance. This area of focus supports projects that seek to discover and identify species and ecosystems and to mitigate threats to Earth’s life forms. Projects will improve understanding of biological diversity, including behavior, life history, evolution, ecology, and habitat requirements.

Human journey: Human Journey focuses on learning more about who we are and what our future will be on this planet. It supports projects in a range of fields that are helping us understand the origins and development of our species; how we modified and adapted to diverse landscapes across the globe; the evolution of cultures and societies; and the current status of and trends in our cultural, linguistic, and genetic diversity. Recognizing that human society is currently out of balance with the natural world, the Funding Source seeks projects that propose solutions to mitigate this imbalance.

Changing planet: Changing Planet grants focus on our Earth's dynamic terrestrial, marine, and freshwater ecosystems. These are the foundations of life on the planet, yet are increasingly threatened by exploitation, mismanagement, and climate change. Projects are sought that illuminate these issues to better inform decision making and to develop more effective models for conservation and protected area management at large scales. This area of focus seeks to reduce negative human impacts on ecosystems and Earth processes by increasing knowledge, inspiring action, and creating solutions with direct, quantifiable, and scalable methods for conserving landscapes or seascapes.

Further information about the focus areas and the project fields can be seen at:
https://www.nationalgeographic.org/grants/our-focus

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183820

Estimated Size of Grant:

Projects are typically funded for between US $10,000 and US $30,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant projects last one calendar year or less.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time they submit an application. Applications are encouraged from around the world.

You may submit a proposal as the project leader for only one project at a time. You must submit a final report and media from any previous grants for which you were the leader before applying to lead a new project.

Organizations can apply for grants, but the person within the organization who will lead the project, not the institution, should be the applicant and will be expected to meet the requirements of the grant.

Students should not submit in their advisor’s name. The individual responsible for carrying out the project should apply and write the application.

More on eligibility: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/grants/eligibility

Pre-Application Information:

All applications received by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on the deadline will be reviewed, and decisions announced 4 months later. Applications received after this deadline will be reviewed in the following grant cycle.

2019 quarterly grant cycles:
- Applications accepted through January 9: Decisions in May
- Applications accepted through April 10: Decisions in August
- Applications accepted through July 10: Decisions in November
- Applications accepted through October 9: Decisions in February 2020

Project start dates should be a minimum of six months after the submission deadline to ensure any awarded funds are received in time.

Process and Timeline: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/grants/process-and-timeline
Grant quiz: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/grants/quiz
Preparing Your Proposal: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/grants/preparing-your-proposal/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal: https://grants.nationalgeographic.org

National Geographic Headquarters
1145 17th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon

Israel

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.