In year one (2018-2019), we will focus grant-giving on growing our understanding of the Peopling of the Americas by targeting projects in the New World, particularly Latin America. (Projects from other parts of the world are also welcomed through our Exploration Grants program). Today, the genomes of most groups living in the Americas reflect both deep ancestral ties to the region’s earliest settlers and the historic legacy of newer migratory groups from Europe, Africa and Asia. Yet, just over 500 years ago, all inhabitants of the Americas were descended from peoples that migrated from Asia thousands of years earlier. Once in the New World, these early Americans moved and diversified into distinct cultural, linguistic and genetic groups, adapting to and settling every region from Alaska to Patagonia.
Examples of research questions that can be addressed:
In year two (2019-2020), we will focus on samples from the Middle East and Africa, followed by South and Central Asia (2020-2021), East and Southeast Asia (2021-2022), and Australia and Oceania (2022-2023).
The RFP applicants are expected to work in collaboration with local groups and communities to secure access and permissions to work on skeletal samples, and to follow strict ethical processes in the collection of skeletal material and dissemination of results. Project budgets should include travel to/from the Reich Lab in Boston, Mass., for the applicant and possibly technicians as well as sample preparation and permit acquisitions. Our laboratory partners will offset the lab processing costs of the project.
Typical proposal requests should be between US $5,000 and $15,000; however, applicants may request up to $20,000 and may use awarded funds over one or two years. Up to 20 percent of the total can be used as a stipend for team members. (Please see the Preparing Your Proposal page for budget eligibility and other budgetary guidance). Applicants from non-U.S. institutions are encouraged to apply.
When applying for this RFP, please select Human Journey in the Lens drop-down menu and Research as Primary Focus on the Project Description tab of the application.
Please read and verify that you meet National Geographic's Eligibility Requirements before beginning your application.