New Methods of Monitoring Ecosystem Health [National Geographic]

Closing Date: 10.4 2019. Supports available to create novel tools and technologies to monitor ecosystem health. Examples of the types of tools that could be employed are new processing techniques for satellite data, advanced wildlife camera traps, or globally networked chemical and physical sensors.

Proposed projects should be bold, innovative, and potentially transformative and have a primary focus in conservation, education, research, storytelling, or technology. Solutions should open our eyes to different viewpoints, help us see the world in a new light and explore it in new ways, and transform the fields of exploration, science, and conservation.

Priority Focus:

  • Develop tools or capabilities needed to generate data and insights on ecosystem health, biodiversity distribution, patterns, and trends
  • Create or reimagine sensing modalities that can be applied to determine ecological health
  • Implement new processing techniques that can apply breakthroughs in data mining and machine learning to glean new ecosystem health insights from existing data streams
  • Develop low-cost, scalable, long-term, robust in-situ or remote sensing modalities

Typical proposal requests should be less than $50,000; however, applicants may request up to $150,000. Up to 20 percent of the total can be used as a stipend for the applicant and/or team members. Up to 15 percent can be used for institutional overhead (applicable only for awarded grants of at least $50,000).

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

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.

Applications which support strictly laboratory or collections work will generally not be considered. Grants are awarded on the basis of merit and exist independent of the Society’s other divisions.

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/grants/grant-opportunities/conservation-technologies/