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Democratizing Science

National Geographic has long been a global leader in crowd sourced citizen science, with endeavors such as BioBlitz, Global Xplorer, the Genographic Project, and the Valley of the Khans Project. The NatGeo Labs now seeks to inspire, empower, and support a new generation of citizen scientists, digital explorers, and change-makers by creating better and richer citizen science learning opportunities for all ages.

Projects should focus on building new digital applications, transforming existing applications and products, or utilizing current technologies to design and implement crowd-sourced data collection and/or learning experiences. Proposed projects should explore how digital tools like cameras, drones, live streaming services, and digital imagery might be transformed into group opportunities that address real world questions, strengthen science literacy skills, and lead to actions in science and conservation.

The goal of this RFP is to create and execute new and unique digital applications as tools to create community building crowd-sourced experiential learning that delivers scientific outputs and impacts leading to advanced scientific understanding and conservation outcomes.

Details

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

  • Develop new or utilize existing  citizen science technologies, such as mobile or web-based applications that promote the collection of data relevant to understand trends in biodiversity; for example, data on the distribution, patterns, and trends of species and habitats across geographic scales
  • Develop new or utilize existing  citizen science technologies such as mobile or web-based applications that promote the collection of data relevant to understanding critical or endangered species; for example, data on the range, number, habitat, and/or behavior of such species
  • Develop new or utilize existing  citizen science technologies such as mobile or web-based applications that promote the collection of data relevant to understanding human variation; for example, data on the current status of or trends in cultural, linguistic, and genetic diversity of the human species

Typical proposal requests should be less than $50,000; applicants may request up to $150,000, of which up to 20 percent of the total can be used as a stipend for the applicant or team members (please see the How to Apply 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.


Timeline

Please observe the following deadlines when submitting your application:
 

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


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