Priority will be given to research, education, and technology projects that create and execute new digital applications, transform existing applications and products, or use current technologies to do one or more of the following:
Additionally, all applicants should include a technologist on the project team and
Participation and data generation are of equal importance. Participation must be free for all users and cannot incorporate for-profit activities. Technologies might include mobile applications, web-based applications, or hardware and sensors with direct citizen science usage. Projects should create learning experiences through the collection of data and/or ground-truthing of data relevant to the trends or status of threatened and poorly known species, ecosystems, or human cultural/linguistic diversity.
For projects collecting biodiversity occurrence records, National Geographic is especially interested in supporting projects that use iNaturalist. Biodiversity projects that do not use iNaturalist should clearly explain why different tools/platforms/methods are more appropriate.
Typical proposals should request less than $30,000; however, applicants may request up to $50,000. Successful applicants may use awarded funds over one or two years. Up to 20 percent of the total can be used as a stipend for the applicant and/or team members. (Please see the Preparing Your Proposal page regarding stipend eligibility and other budgetary guidance.) Up to 15 percent can be used for institutional overhead (applicable only for awarded grants of at least $50,000). All applications should include a clear review of the state of knowledge about the topic and a plan for evaluating the outcomes of the proposed work.
When applying for this RFP, please select Our 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.