National Geographic Society Grant Programme: Level II

Closing Date: 18/11/2021

Funding for experienced conservationists and researchers, including existing National Geographic Explorers, who are seeking to undertake bold, innovative and transformative projects based on research, conservation, education, storytelling and technology that address priority research topics of interest to the National Geographic Society.

Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is a non-profit scientific and educational organisation dedicated to exploring planet Earth, protecting wildlife and habitats, and ensuring school children are geographically literate. The Society has given out more than 14,000 grants to scientists and conservationists whose work is making a real difference in the world. It pushes the boundaries of exploration to further understanding of the planet and empower the global community to generate solutions for a healthier and more sustainable future.

The National Geographic Society Grants support bold, innovative and transformative projects across various aspects of conservation, education, research, storytelling and technology.

Following the suspension of its grants programme in 2020 due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, the National Geographic Society has launched an updated version of its grants, aligned with its strategic plan – NG Next – with a new two-tier funding structure and new focus areas. The updated funding strategy will also focus on awarding fewer grants per year, but with higher dollar amounts per grant.

The Level II Grants replace the previous Exploration Grants and are intended to support individuals who are more established in their field and are seeking a higher level of funding to develop their work to push boundaries in their field or discipline and achieve significant and tangible impact.

Projects must incorporate conservation, education, research, storytelling or technology, aligned with one or more of the five National Geographic Society focus areas:

Level II grantees will also provide mentorship within the Explorer community, contribute their expertise, and participate in relevant speaking engagements upon request.

Funding body National Geographic Society
Maximum value 100,000 USD
Reference ID S22902
Category Economic and Social Research
Arts and Humanities
Biotechnology and Biology
Science and Technology
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