Reducing Ocean Plastic Pollution [National Geographic]

Closing Date: 10.4 2019. Efforts will focus on reducing ocean plastic pollution at the source, both by reducing per capita plastic consumption and reducing the flow of plastics into watersheds. Open to conservationists, educators, researchers, storytellers, and technologists. Preference will be given to applicants who are citizens or residents of the country where the work will be conducted.

Priority Focus

  • Goal 1: Informing and advancing national or subnational policies or management plans to reduce plastic source pollution.
  • Goal 2: Innovative behavior change approaches with the potential to inspire large numbers of people to dramatically reduce their consumption of single-use plastics and/or improve the recycling of plastic.

Geographic Priorities include known hot spots that contribute most to the ocean plastic pollution problem (e.g., coastal cities in China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam; and the watersheds of the Yangtze, Indus, Yellow, Hai, Nile, Ganges, Pearl, Amur, Niger, and Mekong rivers) or which fill key gaps in geography (e.g., major river basins and coastal cities in Africa).

Proposed projects should be bold, innovative, and potentially transformative and have a primary focus in conservation, education, research, storytelling, or technology. Proposals that generate one or more of the following outputs are particularly encouraged:

  • Policy memos/briefs, white papers, policy analyses, and/or government reports
  • In-person presentations, meetings, and/or workshops made to policymakers
  • Training or education of individuals, including community members, students, and educators, in targeted areas
  • Changes in knowledge and/or attitudes and/or behaviors related to plastic pollution

Typical proposals funded under this RFP request $25,000-$50,000; however, applicants may request up to $100,000. 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, excluding government officials. 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.

Proposals will be evaluated based on alignment to the focus of this RFP, expected impact, and cost-effectiveness. Grants are awarded on the basis of merit and exist independent of the Society’s other divisions.

This RFP does not provide funding for beach cleanups; end-of-life plastic recycling, valorization, or reuse; commercializing waste management technologies; or the development of plastic alternatives.