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Enduring Impacts: Archaeology of Sustainability

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Individuals and Organizations for
Archaeological Explorations Related to Climatic and Environmental Issues

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National Geographic Society

Conf. Date:

03/26/20

Deadline Date:

10/21/20 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Grants of up to $80,000 to USA, Canada, and International individuals and organizations for archaeological explorations that shed light on current climatic and environmental issues. Funding is intended to gather and analyze archaeological information related to paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatological explorations that help to increase the understanding of human-environmental interactions over time, and to contribute to mitigating contemporary environmental and climatic crises. If awarded, applicants will be expected to work with the National Geographic Society’s Metrics, Evaluation, and Research team to develop and implement plans for pre/post assessment of stakeholding communities.

Current issues like climate change, overpopulation, disruptions in food security, and loss of habitat and biodiversity are threats that were faced and sometimes overcome by societies in the past. While the challenges we face today may be unprecedented in scale and demographic impact, there is a wealth of information on how people articulated with, mediated, and in many cases impacted long-term environmental trends over millennia. This knowledge can be employed in the development of future strategies in environmental sustainability and resilience-building, and in understanding how human actions in the past continue to affect present-day communities in their ability to tackle environmental and climatic challenges. 

National Geographic is particularly interested in research proposals that generate one or more of the following outputs: 

  • New archaeological, paleoenvironmental, and paleoclimatological datasets on human-environmental interactions that lead to increased knowledge of environmental sustainability and resilience behavior in archaeological contexts.
  • Local partnerships for collaboration (i.e., local communities and/or policymakers), with the future goal to implement data gathered during the project in the mitigation of contemporary environmental issues.

Ideal grant applications for this RFP would consist of research projects that:

  • Are scientifically rigorous and multidisciplinary; 
  • Integrate traditional ecological knowledge systems where applicable and appropriate;
  • Seek stakeholding community buy-in from the outset of the project; 
  • Have a robust external capacity development component; and 
  • Produce archaeological, climatological, and environmental datasets that can be used in the creation of solutions for contemporary environmental issues in collaboration with local communities and/or policymakers.

Proposals should address the following goals:

  • To investigate human-environmental interactions over time, focusing on environmental conservation knowledge, practices, and technologies employed by past societies, and their impact on contemporary populations’ ability to mitigate environmental and/or climatic stress.
  • To explore how effective present-day environmental conservation strategies can be improved, diversified, and expanded based on knowledge about past societies’ articulation with the environment.
  • To delineate how the project’s results can be used to create culturally and environmentally suitable conservation strategies at the policy level and/or collaborate with local communities to build sustainable environmental practices and strengthen resilience in the face of climatic change.


GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187197

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $80,000.

Term of Contract:

Proposed work should be one year or less in duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations can apply for grants, but the person within the organization who will lead the project—not the institution—should be the applicant and will be expected to meet the requirements of the grant.

Applicants who are not associated with any institution or organization, may apply. However, for a research project such applicants would need to convey that they have access to the equipment, infrastructure, or facilities needed to complete the project.

Applications are encouraged from around the world. If you are planning to work outside of your home country or community, you must include the name and contact information for at least one local collaborator as a project team member in the application. Please note that the National Geographic Society does not assist with visas.

Students should not submit in their advisor’s name. The individual responsible for carrying out the project should apply and write the application.

You may submit a proposal as the project leader for only one project at a time. You must submit a final report and media from any previous grants for which you were the leader before applying to lead a new project.

At this time, National Geographic can not fund work in North Korea, Iran, Syria, and Crimea due to U.S. legal restrictions concerning projects in these countries. For additional information about these restrictions please refer to the U.S Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) website: https://www.treasury.gov/about/organizational-structure/offices/pages/office-of-foreign-assets-control.aspx

Cuba: All applicants must specify which type of OFAC general license applies to the proposed project and how they will comply with the general license requirements.

You are prohibited from engaging in any grant-funded work with any individual or organization who is on the Specially Designated National (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Treasury. Again, please work with your legal counsel if you have any questions.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Six webinars about this RFP, and how to apply, will be held on February 25, February 27, March 11, March 13, March 24, March 26, 2020.

Sign up for webinars here: https://forms.nationalgeographic.org/NK4

Pre-Application Information:

The next deadline for submitting a proposal for this funding opportunity is October 21, 2020.

All applications received by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on the deadline will be reviewed, and decisions announced 4 months later.

Preparing a proposal: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/funding-opportunities/grants/how-to-apply/preparing-your-proposal/

Types of grants: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/funding-opportunities/grants/what-we-fund/

Eligibility: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/funding-opportunities/grants/how-to-apply/eligibility/

Primary Project Focus: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/grants/quiz/

Process and Timeline: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/funding-opportunities/grants/how-to-apply/process-and-timeline/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Take the eligibility quiz and apply online: https://grants.nationalgeographic.org/

Direct questions to: grantsinfo@ngs.org (with "Enduring Impacts" in the subject line).

National Geographic Headquarters
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Washington, DC 20036

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International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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