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Early Career Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Individuals for
Projects Relating to Wildlife, Humans, and the Planet

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National Geographic Society

Deadline Date:

04/22/20 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Time Receipt

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 to USA, Canada, and International early-career individuals for projects in the areas of education, conservation, research, technology, and storytelling. Funding is intended to support transformative, innovative projects focusing on areas that include wildlife, the human journey, evolution of cultures and societies, the changing planet, ecosystems, and conservation.

Early Career Grants are designed to offer less experienced individuals an opportunity to lead a project.

Projects should align to one of the funding source's three focus areas: 

  • Wildlife: Wildlife includes species-focused projects and the local evolutionary and ecological processes that sustain them. Although extinction is a natural part of evolution, the current accelerated loss of species means that  novel approaches and solutions are needed that support biological diversity and abundance. This area of focus supports projects that seek to discover and identify species and ecosystems and to mitigate threats to Earth’s life forms. Projects will improve understanding of biological diversity, including behavior, life history, evolution, ecology, and habitat requirements.
  • Human Journey: Human Journey focuses on learning more about who we are and what our future will be on this planet. It supports projects in a range of fields that are helping us understand the origins and development of our species; how we modified and adapted to diverse landscapes across the globe; the evolution of cultures and societies; and the current status of and trends in our cultural, linguistic, and genetic diversity. Recognizing that human society is currently out of balance with the natural world, the Funding Source seeks projects that propose solutions to mitigate this imbalance.
  • Changing Planet: Changing Planet grants focus on our Earth's dynamic terrestrial, marine, and freshwater ecosystems. These are the foundations of life on the planet, yet are increasingly threatened by exploitation, mismanagement, and climate change. Projects are sought that illuminate these issues to better inform decision making and to develop more effective models for conservation and protected area management at large scales. This area of focus seeks to reduce negative human impacts on ecosystems and Earth processes by increasing knowledge, inspiring action, and creating solutions with direct, quantifiable, and scalable methods for conserving landscapes or seascapes.

For further information about focus areas, see: 

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/funding-opportunities/grants/what-we-fund/our-focus/

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151607

Estimated Size of Grant:

Projects are typically funded for US $5,000 and cannot exceed US $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant projects last one calendar year or less. If an applicant applies for more than one year of funding, their proposal will be sent back to them to revise and resubmit for the next deadline.

Project start dates should be a minimum of six months after the submission deadline to ensure any awarded funds are received in time.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

National Geographic welcomes applications from around the globe and specifically encourages applicants from outside the United States. Applicants planning to work outside of their home country must include at least one local collaborator who is a key contributor to their team. Applications are encouraged from teams that are diverse, inclusive and representative of various cultures and perspectives.

Applicants may include (but are not limited to) conservationists, educators, researchers, storytellers, and engineers.

There is no maximum age limit for Early Career Grant applicants. However, applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of application submission.

Grants are awarded to an individual—the applicant. However, the applicant may choose for the payment to be made directly to, and administered by, their affiliated organization. Taxes may apply if the funds are granted specifically to an individual. The National Geographic Society cannot divide grant funds between multiple individuals or organizations.

Applicants are not required to have an advanced degree.

Anyone with more than five years of professional experience in the field of their project focus does not qualify for an Early Career Grant and should apply for an Exploration Grant instead.

At this time, National Geographic can not fund work in North Korea, Iran, Syria, and Crimea due to U.S. legal restrictions concerning projects in these countries. For additional information about these restrictions please refer to the U.S Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) website.

Cuba: All applicants must specify which type of OFAC general license applies to the proposed project and how they will comply with the general license requirements.

Recipients are prohibited from engaging in any grant-funded work with any individual or organization who is on the Specially Designated National (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Treasury. Applicants are requested to work with their legal counsel if they have any questions.

If the fieldwork is being conducted in mainland China or the applicant is applying from mainland China, the application may be shared with the relevant government agencies in accordance with Chinese laws and regulations.

The funding source does not usually consider applications that support strictly laboratory or collections work.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted through April 22. Decisions will be in August 2020.

All applications received by 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Time on the deadline will be reviewed and decisions announced 4 months later.

Applications must be written in English.

If you have previously received an Early Career Grant or a Young Explorers Grant from National Geographic, you may submit a new proposal after you have closed your previous grant record.

Process and Timeline: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/funding-opportunities/grants/how-to-apply/process-and-timeline/

Who we fund: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/funding-opportunities/grants/what-we-fund/who-we-fund/

Eligibility: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/funding-opportunities/grants/how-to-apply/eligibility/

Preparing the Proposal: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/funding-opportunities/grants/how-to-apply/preparing-your-proposal/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal: https://grants.nationalgeographic.org/

National Geographic Headquarters
1145 17th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

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Israel

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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