National Geographic
Requests for Proposals

Conservation Technologies

An ROV inspects sugar kelp being raised at an aquaculture farm off Vancouver Island.

Photograph by Brian Skerry

National Geographic, through its engineering team, has a long record of success in developing innovative, cutting-edge technologies that have opened our eyes to different viewpoints, helped us see the world in a new light and explore it in new ways. From the depths of the ocean, to the top of mountains, technologies such as Crittercam, DropCam, aerial imagery, and camera traps have already demonstrated their ability to transform the fields of exploration, science, and conservation. The goal of this RFP is  to advance breakthrough technologies that can scale National Geographic’s efforts to explore, visualize, understand, and ultimately protect the planet.


Priority will be given to projects that use technology to do one or more of the following:

  • Develop tools or capabilities needed to generate new data and insights on biodiversity distribution, patterns, and trends
  • Inform where future protected areas should be prioritized
  • Support integrated multi-sensor monitoring systems for the natural world (including land and ocean), and cultural heritage.
  • Advance surveillance/alarm systems for protected areas (natural and cultural) by providing real-time, local-to-global, situational awareness

Typical proposal requests should be less than $50,000; applicants may request up to $100,000, of which up to 20 percent of the total can be used as a stipend for the applicant or team members (please see the Preparing Your Proposal page regarding stipend eligibility), and up to 15 percent of which can be used for institutional overhead (applicable only for awarded grants of at least $50,000). All applications should explicitly review what has already been accomplished and state the plan for evaluating the impact of the work.


Please observe the following deadlines when submitting your application:

April 4, 2018
11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time