Updated Jul 01, 2020CLOSED

RFP: Citizen Science for Species Discovery

Offered by National Geographic

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. We encourage proposals for work 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.

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CLOSEDJan 15, 2021Deadline
$5,000 - $30,000Amount
24 months Duration(Months)

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
RegionAfrica, Asia and Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America / Caribbean, North America, Middle East and North Africa and Low and Middle Income Countries
Focus AreasBiodiversity (Environment)
  • You may submit a proposal as the project leader for only one project at a time. You must submit a final report and media from any previous grants for which you were the leader before applying to lead a new project.

  • Organizations can apply for grants, but the person within the organization who will lead the project—not the institution—should be the applicant and will be expected to meet the requirements of the grant.

  • Students should not submit in their advisor’s name. The individual responsible for carrying out the project should apply and write the application.

Application Directions

Interested applicants can apply directly from the funder’s website.
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