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National Geographic Society: COVID-19 Science Fund

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted March 5, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on March 30, 2021
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National Geographic Society logo

The National Geographic Society has announced the COVID-19 Science Fund to provide solutions to the situations created or magnified by the pandemic, thereby helping us to understand and address the challenges and changes of living in a COVID-19 world.

For this fund, the National Geographic Society prioritizes funding for costs directly required to complete the proposed project, such as travel, lodging, food (including for team members), as well as fieldwork and lab-based work (including equipment and supplies).

Applicants may also request money to cover safety-related costs, such as for COVID-19 tests, buying masks for their team, cleaning supplies, medical insurance, travel insurance, vaccinations, medication, etc.

Applicants may request money for compensation, indirect costs and dependent care. All budget line items must include written justification in the provided template.

Applications will be reviewed based on the budget request.

Utilize This Offer

This fund invites research, conservation, and technology projects on the following two (2) topics:
a) Community-based and inclusive conservation;
b) Impacts of tourism changes on cultural heritage sites and wildlife.

Eligibility Criteria:
1. Only applications that propose activity in the applicant’s country of residence will be considered;
2. All application materials must be in English, and
3. Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time they submit an application;
4. Proposed activities must prioritize your health, the health of your team, and the health of communities in which you work;
5. The application should outline the specific steps that will be taken to ensure safety throughout the project duration;
6. Applicants should check with local health and safety guidelines before embarking on any travel to ensure that they are in adherence with relevant laws and policy;
7. Applicants should demonstrate how their proposed project takes into account the needs, safety, and preferences of communities local to the project site.

Applications will be reviewed based on plans for safety and feasibility.

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

Statement of interest will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. EDT March 31, 2021.

For more information, please visit

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Mar 05
Mar 05

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you, in order to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start now!!!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse and this website!

Jill Langhus
Mar 06
Mar 06

Thanks, Ana. Sounds good.

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Mar 06
Mar 06