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COVID-19 Science Fund

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Individuals for
Projects Addressing the Effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic

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National Geographic Society

LOI Date:

03/31/21

Deadline Date:

05/19/21 11:59 PM EDT

Description:

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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA, Canada, and International individuals for projects addressing the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding may be used for research, technology, and conservation projects. Applicants must propose activities taking place in their country of residence.

In response to worldwide disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Geographic Society is providing funding for projects focused on how humanity and the natural world have reacted to and are living through the unparalleled circumstances created by COVID-19 in order to better understand how this pandemic—or the threat of another—will shape the world for years to come. Proposed projects should seek to better understand and/or provide solutions to the situations created or magnified by the pandemic, thereby helping to understand and address the challenges and changes of living in a COVID-19 world.

This fund invites research, conservation, and technology projects on the following two (2) topics; below are examples of the types of questions and projects that the Society would like to receive:

Community-based and inclusive conservation.

  • How have community and grassroots organizations been impacted by COVID-19?
  • How have organizations continued their conservation activities during the pandemic? What types of new models or innovative approaches to conservation are being tried?
  • How are local communities that have depended on external visitors or revenues for their livelihoods and other conservation activities, adapting to the new context?
  • With people unable to afford to stay in cities, how are rural communities shaped and changed by people returning?
  • Given the ongoing economic crises due to COVID-19, what lessons can be applied post pandemic to support sustainable and just economic recovery in areas with high biodiversity and/or cultural heritage resources?

Impacts of tourism changes on cultural heritage sites and wildlife.

  • How have changes in global and/or domestic tourism affected wildlife, protected area management, cultural heritage site conservation, and the livelihoods and well-being of nearby communities?
  • What lessons can be applied for when/if tourism returns?
  • How has tourism been re-invented during the pandemic? What types of new models or innovative approaches to tourism are being tried?
  • Some natural and cultural heritage areas may have seen increased domestic and local tourism as a result of the pandemic - what are the impacts, if any?

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194668

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding requests of up to $50,000 will be accepted for review.

Term of Contract:

Applicants will receive a funding decision in summer 2021. Proposed project activities should occur after funding decisions are made. Please allow at least four weeks for submitting award paperwork and payment processing.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time they submit an application.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Statements of interest will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. EDT March 31, 2021.
- Applicants will receive decisions on their statement of interest by April 8, 2021.
- Full applications will be due by 11:59pm EDT May 19, 2021.
- Applicants will receive a funding decision in summer 2021.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit a Statement of Interest Online: https://forms.nationalgeographic.org/NJ9E

Contact Form: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/funding-opportunities/grants/

National Geographic Headquarters
1145 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

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