Earthwatch supports research that helps address important global issues, including ecosystem responses to climate change, human-wildlife coexistence, freshwater ecosystems, and ocean health.
By supporting scientists from developing countries, early-career scientists, and women in science, Earthwatch funding aims to increase the diversity of ideas, helping drive innovative solutions to environmental challenges.
The Institute is particularly interested in supporting interdisciplinary, transboundary research, and studies that can be applied to a wide range of habitats and to taxa across multiple scales.
Request for Proposals (for projects commencing 2018)
- Collaborative Ecological Research (PDF)
- Ecological Restoration (PDF)
- Glaciology and Polar Ecology Program (PDF)
- Global Conservation Priorities in a Changing World (PDF)
- Ocean Ecosystems (PDF)
- Paleobiology, Archaeology, and Geology Research (PDF)
- Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry (PDF)
Funding & Duration
Earthwatch grants help cover project expenses while in the field including:
- Equipment (limited), tools, and supplies;
- Research permits;
- Food and housing for principal investigators, staff, and Earthwatch participants;
- Scientist transport to the field; and
- Support staff
Grants do not cover capital equipment (e.g., vehicles, boats), principal investigator salaries, overhead, student tuition, or post-field data analysis.
Earthwatch awards research grants on a per-capita basis based on the number of volunteers on a project. Typical annual grants average between US $20,000 – $80,000 (approx. AUD $26,000 – $105,000), with approximately half covering volunteer expenses while on the project. For successful proposals, the principal investigator will negotiate a budget in partnership with Earthwatch. Final grants received are based on the number of volunteers participating.
Successful proposals are funded for three years, subject to passing an annual performance review.
All PIs must have a PhD, and an affiliation with a university, government agency, or nonprofit organisation.
Submission Requirements & Internal Due Date
- Applications are submitted online
- A copy of your application must be submitted for internal review by 3 June 2016
- The University’s Grant Application Cover Sheet must accompany your application
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org