The initial target of this RFP is on the greater Himalayan mountain system, where miles-high peaks are home to an extraordinary range of biological and cultural diversity; where snowpack and glaciers serve as natural water towers, feeding rivers that supply more than 1 billion people downstream with the water they need to survive; and where a mix of climate change and rural poverty creates unique challenges.
We are especially interested in supporting projects that directly monitor or examine changing temperatures, ice volume or extent, and water pathways, or that examine impacts on at-risk downstream populations. Priority for this RFP will be given to projects led by researchers, conservationists, or storytellers from the Himalayan region and that aim to do one or more of the following:
Typical proposals should be less than $50,000; applicants may request up to $100,000. Please see the Preparing Your Proposal page regarding budgetary guidance. Successful applicants may use awarded funds over the course of one year. All applications should explicitly state the plan for evaluating the impact of the proposed work.
Future iterations of this RFP might expand the geographic focus beyond the Himalayas to other high-elevation regions in the world. The first opportunity to submit applications for work outside the Himalayas would be in July 2019.
Please note: As a result of changes in Chinese law effective January 1, 2017, the National Geographic Society is unable to support new grantee work in mainland China.
When applying for this RFP, please select Changing Planet in the Lens dropdown menu on the Project Description tab of the application.
Please read and verify that you meet National Geographic's Eligibility Requirements before beginning your application.