Earthwatch Institute – Request For Proposals

Earthwatch is currently seeking submissions from scientists for field-based projects. Concept Notes for projects starting in 2015 will be accepted through Monday, December 9, 2013.

Program Description

Earthwatch aims to create opportunities for teams of adults and students (age 15-18) to participate and assist in the research and data collection of scientists working on active research projects. Earthwatch participants are highly motivated citizens from around the world who are dedicated to improving environmental understanding.

There is a wide range of potential field research topics appropriate for these grants. Projects should display a set of clearly identified research questions, with appropriate research design and methodology. Earthwatch is looking to support projects with outputs/impacts that will either: a) lead to significant advancement in scientific understanding or b) make significant contributions to environmental policies or management plans.

Areas of Interest

  • Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems – Topics include, but are not limited to:
    • Impacts of global change on coral reefs, and how this is affecting the local community
    • The role of coral reefs in coastal ecosystem function, interactions with key habitats such as mangroves and sea grass beds, and how integrated ecosystem management can mitigate against human impacts
    • The effects of fisheries (including fish and shellfish; and aquaculture practices) on coral reefs and how they can be managed effectively to ensure sustainable fish stocks and  healthy coral reef ecosystem
  • Cold Climate Environments – Topics include, but are not limited to:
    • Conservation biology – restoration ecology, measures for depleted species, conservation genetics, behavioural ecology, population dynamics, landscape scale conservation/ networks/ corridors.
    • Research with a connection to polar bears, bears, bison, caribou, or reindeer.
    • Climate Change – understanding the impacts of global change on permafrost, snowpack, glaciers.
  • Biodiversity – We are particularly interested in research focused on sustainable management of biodiversity including ecosystems with high species endemism, biodiversity value, and those that are important as a human resource. Locations of interest include the continental USA, Asia, Slovenia, Poland, and along the Mediterranean. Topics include, but are not limited to:
    • People and wildlife – human-wildlife conflict, competition for resources, habitat degradation/ fragmentation, ecosystem service value of biodiversity, stakeholder perceptions, sustainable livelihoods, environmental education.
    • Conservation biology – effective adaptive management for protected areas, measures for depleted species, conservation genetics, behavioral ecology, population dynamics, landscape scale conservation/ networks/ corridors.
    • Climate change and species conservation – impacts on composition and functioning of ecological communities, distribution and future land use planning.
  • Patagonia region – Topics include, but are not limited to:
    • Conservation biology – restoration ecology, measures for depleted species, conservation genetics, behavioural ecology, population dynamics, landscape scale conservation/ networks/ corridors.
    • Climate Change – understanding the impacts on composition and functioning of ecological communities, distribution, and future land use planning.

Concept Notes and Proposals

Concept Notes for projects starting in spring or summer 2015 will be accepted through Monday, December 9, 2013. Invitations for full Research Proposals will be communicated in late December.  

Details of the request for proposals and information about how to apply can be found on our website:

http://earthwatch.org/scientific-research/scientist-opportunities/working-with-earthwatch

You can submit a Concept Note here: http://bit.ly/earthwatchconceptnote

Specifications include:

  • Research tasks in which non-specialists (i.e. member of the public or students) can participate in data collection or scientific observation
  • Project should meaningfully engage a minimum of 4 and up to 20 Earthwatch participants per team on 4 to 10 teams per year. Each team spends 7-14 days in the field. 
  • Comfortable accommodations for the proposed project must be located a reasonable travel distance from the research site in order to travel back and forth daily.
  • Ability to conduct fieldwork in March, April, June, July, and August is preferable
  • Students are a key participant group for Earthwatch; it is advantageous for applicants to be open to student participants (age 15-18).
  • Applications are to be submitted in English and project must be conducted in English. 

Grants

Annual grants cover expenses for the project while in the field including: equipment (under US$1000), tools, supplies, research permits, scientist transport to the field, support staff, and food and accommodation for PIs, staff, and Earthwatch participants. The grants do not cover scientist salaries, overhead, capital equipment, and post-expedition data analysis. For successful proposal a budget will be negotiated in partnership with Earthwatch, but usually average around US$20,000. The research proposals are tenable for four years, and potentially renewable.

Questions can be directed to: Gitte Venicx, gvenicx@earthwatch.org or research@earthwatch.org

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