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Field Research Grant: Traditional Ecological Knowledge


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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/09/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $80,000 to USA, Canada, and International investigators for collaborative environmental research studies. Funding is intended for research projects with the potential to yield substantial educational, environmental, and cultural benefits. Partnerships should include Indigenous scientists and community members or non-Indigenous scientists and community/citizen scientists. Grants cover project field expenses including basic research equipment, research permits, scientist transportation to the field, support staff, and food and housing while in the field.

The Earthwatch Traditional Ecological Knowledge RFP invites pre-proposals for research from Indigenous researchers and non-Indigenous collaborators for projects that will incorporate Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), “Western” scientific process, and participatory or community-based science into a single Braided Knowledge System. 

The Foundation seeks to support projects that take measurable action to address global change in agricultural, coastal, wetland, grassland, and forest ecosystems by

  • Increasing this Braided Knowledge System and public awareness of environmental challenges, while providing locally relevant solutions and actions;
  • Increasing partnerships among local peoples, Indigenous communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, and corporations at local and international levels; and
  • Informing management plans and environmental policies.

All pre-proposals must have an overarching research theme directly related to taking action to address degradation and loss of biodiversity and be based on integrating hypothesis-driven science and traditional knowledge and wisdom with quantifiable goals. Because meeting these challenges requires a whole-ecosystem approach and innovation, there is a specific interest in interdisciplinary, solution-based projects. 

Pre-proposals aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the new Global Biodiversity Framework that will improve human livelihoods and support Indigenous scientists are strongly encouraged.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
All pre-proposals must be submitted by the PI, who is also expected to hold full scientific oversight over the field research. The lead PI, or at least one member of the research team, must have a Ph.D. in the area of the proposed research and an affiliation with a university, government or tribal agency, or science-focused NGO.

Earthwatch encourages members of groups historically underrepresented in STEM, scientists local to the nation where the research takes place, and early career scientists, to apply.

Not eligible:
- Scientist salaries
- Student tuition
- Institutional overhead
- Capital equipment
- Post-fielding data analysis

Grants do not cover scientists' salaries, student tuition, overhead, or capital equipment.

Pre-Application Information
Pre-proposals for new research projects to begin in 2025 will be accepted through Friday, June 9, 2023.

All pre-proposals and supporting documents must be in English. Earthwatch will select pre-proposals for development into full research proposals. If you are invited to submit a full research proposal, you will be asked for further details on research methods and impacts, detailed project logistics, staffing, project budget, and safety and risk management.

Estimated Size of Grant
Depending on the number of teams and team size, annual budgets typically range between US $20,000–$80,000, with most of the funding covering participant and staff expenses while in the field.

Term of Contract
Research projects are tenable for three years, subject to annual performance review, and may be eligible for renewal beyond that period. Earthwatch currently supports projects for an average of 10 years.

Contact Information
Submit a pre-proposal:

Earthwatch Institute
300 Washington St., Suite 713
Newton, MA 02458
T: 1.978.461.0081 | 1.800.776.0188

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