National Geographic Society Grant Programs, 2018

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What We Fund

The National Geographic Society awards grants for conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology through its Committee for Research and Exploration. All proposed projects must be novel and exploratory, and be of broad interest. National Geographic Society grant-funded projects should be bold, innovative, and transformative.

National Geographic welcomes applications from around the world, and specifically encourages applicants from outside the United States to apply. Applicants planning to work outside of their home country should include at least one local collaborator on their team. The Committee will not usually consider applications that support strictly laboratory or collections work. Grants are awarded on the basis of merit and exist independent of the Society’s other divisions.

Early Career Grant

An Early Career Grant application is a request for funding that offers less experienced individuals an opportunity to lead a project. Applicants are not required to have an advanced degree; those with a Ph.D. or equivalent work experience should apply for a Standard Grant, unless you can demonstrate that this grant will enable your first experience leading a project in your chosen field. If you have previously received an Early Career Grant or a Young Explorers Grant from National Geographic, you may submit a new proposal after you have closed your previous grant record. Applications should be submitted at least four months before the project start date. We accept applications on a rolling basis and usually make decisions within four months.

Grants are typically funded for less than US $5,000. We will consider requests for up to US $10,000.

If your project requires expedited funding due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g., volcanic eruption, sudden discovery, urgent threat), please email cre@ng.org and explain why your request is urgent, what you plan to do, and how much support you need. Please note that receiving a last-minute notification that you are able to participate in a project is not grounds for expedited funding.

Standard Grant

A Standard Grant application is a request for funding by an experienced project lead. The applicant and his or her team members are expected to demonstrate successful completion of similar projects with measurable and/or tangible results. If you have received a grant from National Geographic in the past, you may submit a new proposal after you have closed your previous grant record. Applications should be submitted at least six months before the project start date, but please check the website for relevant deadlines.

Grants are typically funded for less than US $30,000. We will consider requests for up to US $50,000.

If your project requires expedited funding due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g., volcanic eruption, sudden discovery, urgent threat), please email cre@ngs.org and explain why your request is urgent, what you plan to do, and how much support you need. Please note that receiving a last-minute notification that you are able to participate in a project is not grounds for expedited funding.

Eligibility

What do I need to know about submitting a proposal?

Please apply for a grant using the online application. We do not accept mailed applications. All application materials must be submitted in English. See the What We Fund page for deadlines. Standard Grant applications should be submitted at least six months in advance of the anticipated project start date. Early Career Grant applications should be submitted at least four months in advance of the anticipated project start date.

Who is eligible to submit a grant proposal?

We specifically encourage applicants from around the world. However, as a result of changes in Chinese law effective January 1, 2017, the National Geographic Society is unable to support new grantee work in mainland China. This applies to any projects conducted by mainland Chinese citizens anywhere and also applies to non-Chinese individuals or organizations proposing work in mainland China. We will still accept applications from residents of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau as long as the proposed work is outside of mainland China.

You might be required to obtain an Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) license through the U.S. Treasury before the National Geographic Society will deliberate on your application if you are a resident/citizen of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, or the Crimea region in Ukraine, or if you propose to conduct a project in one of these areas. See further information about these restrictions on the OFAC website. Please work with legal counsel to determine what authorizations are required.

Please Observe These Deadlines for Submitting Your Application: 

Standard Grant 
October 3, 2017 (decision by January 31, 2018)
January 3, 2018 (decision by April 30, 2018)
Future deadlines will occur on a quarterly basis.

Early Career Grant
September 24, 2017 (decision by November 30, 2017)
November 29, 2017 (decision by February 28, 2018)
Future deadlines will occur on a quarterly basis.

APPLICATION LINK

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