National Geographic: Citizen Science for Species Discovery
National Geographic seeks to support the discovery of species through citizen science. Proposals should activate a network of citizen scientists to help support the discovery of species, bridge biodiversity gaps, and accelerate biodiversity data collection, identification, and classification. Proposals for work are encouraged in any biome.
Successful applications must provide clear justification as to why the specific area needs to be explored. Preference will be given to proposals from applicants who reside in the country of fieldwork, and all proposals must include a team member from the country where the fieldwork takes place. Priority will be given to citizen science projects that do one or more of the following:
- Support citizen scientists to conduct inventories, surveys, and/or research in areas that demonstrate a likelihood for new species discoveries due to species endemism and richness, especially where these have been highly damaged or threatened by human activities
- Support the rediscovery of species where there is evidence a species thought to be extinct may still exist
- Support the surveying of and primary data collection on species occurrences and abundances for species and regions with limited existing data
- Encourage students and other citizen scientists who engage with these projects to build the attitudes, skills, and knowledge necessary to become stewards of the planet and contribute to solving real-world issues
Amount: Grants range from $5,000 to $30,000.
Eligibility: Individuals who are at least 18 years old. Organizations can also apply for grants, but the person within the organization who will lead the project—not the institution—should be the applicant. Individuals who are not associated with any institution can apply but need to convey that they have access to the equipment, infrastructure, or facilities needed to complete the project appropriately.
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