Funder’s website

The funder’s website can be found HERE.

Funding Value and Duration

$20,000 – 80,000 for three (3) years.


The Earthwatch Marine Conservation RFP invites pre-proposals from scientists for research that will take measurable action to address global change and loss of biodiversity by:

  • Increasing scientific knowledge and public awareness of environmental challenges to ecosystems, while providing locally relevant
  • Increasing partnerships with local people, communities, governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and corporations at local and international levels
  • Informing management plans and environmental policies.

All pre-proposals must be hypothesis-driven, have quantifiable goals, measurable direct impacts, and an overarching research theme directly related to taking action to address extinction and loss of biodiversity. Because meeting these challenges requires a whole-ecosystem approach, we are specifically interested in contributions that incorporate keystone species to address biodiversity loss. For research that takes place in or near land managed by Indigenous communities, pre-proposals must incorporate Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), defined as a cumulative body of knowledge and beliefs, handed down through generations about the relationship of living beings (including humans) with one another and with their environment. We strongly welcome pre-proposals that align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Global Biodiversity Framework
that will improve human livelihoods and support scientists in emerging nations. We seek projects in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America.

Suggested topic areas include;

  • Food-web relationships driven by apex predators and other keystone species and their effects on biodiversity and ecosystem productivity
  • Sea turtle ecology and conservation, including foraging research and enhancing sea turtle nesting success through habitat restoration and direct conservation intervention. Prioritizing projects in the West Indies and Caribbean, particularly Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Conserving and/or restoring threatened ecosystems, prioritizing coral reefs, mangroves, salt marshes, coastal wetlands, and prime sea turtle nesting beaches
  • Climate change impacts on marine ecology, particularly sea-level rise, ocean acidification, marine biodiversity, species adaptation, and marine carbon sequestration
  • Ecological restoration, to repair damaged marine ecosystems and improve their management
  • Urban marine ecology, particularly increasing resiliency to climate responses
  • Marine macro and micro plastic impacts and reduction
  • Marine research that promotes human-wildlife coexistence.

The full overview can be found HERE.

Eligibility Criteria

Earthwatch No Go List can be found HERE.

To fit our citizen-science model, unless otherwise stated in the request for proposals, all proposed projects must:

  • Have quantifiable goals and measurable impacts of action taken by the project
  • Have a 3-year or longer duration (longer-term research will receive priority support)
  • Incorporate field-based research and data collection, with participants sufficiently trained while in the field
  • Have data gathered primarily by citizen-scientist participants recruited by Earthwatch
  • Field a minimum of four (4) research teams per year (the average project fields 6-8 teams per year), with 4–15 participants per team as needed for data collection
  • Field research teams are typically 7–9 days in length, with some projects hosting 10–14-day teams
  • Provide reputable housing for volunteers within a 45-minute drive from site
  • Field adult, high school and college student, teacher, and/or corporate groups
  • Be run in English, with all communications by field staff and supporting documents in English
  • Educate volunteers about the project’s science and its relevance to global priorities
  • Prioritize locally run vendors, partners and businesses in preparing field logistics (including food), with a focus on those that adhere to sustainable business practices
  • Collaborate with local community stakeholders through engagement, outreach and contributions to conservation actions

Further PI requirements can be found HERE.

Internal Contacts

Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss this funding opportunity with their Faculty Research Facilitator.

VPRI Resource Contact: Heloise Emdon and Rachel Hirsch


Faculty Deadline Consult your Faculty Research Facilitator.
OVPRI Deadline (Approval Form and Application) June 2, 2023
Submission to Sponsor June 9, 2023 11:59PM EST

Submitting Your Application

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