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 Traditional Ecological Knowledge RFP invites pre-proposals for research from Indigenous researchers and non-Indigenous collaborators for projects that will incorporate TEK, “Western” scientific process, and participatory or community-based science into this single Braided Knowledge System. With this model, we seek to support projects that take measurable action to address global change in agricultural, coastal, wetland, grassland and forest ecosystems by:

  • Increasing this Braided Knowledge System and public awareness of environmental challenges, while providing locally relevant
    solutions and actions
  • • Increasing partnerships among local peoples, Indigenous communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, 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;

  • Restoring native species of plants and animals that are of high cultural value, such as bison, salmon, herring, shellfish, loons, important plants, and apex predators
  • Native seed programs and invasive species control
  • Food-web relationships driven by pollinators, apex predators, and herbivores, and their effects on ecosystem productivity, resiliency, and biodiversity
  • Determining how climate-change impacts on agriculture, coastal areas, and forestry systems effect water availability and quality, nutrient flow, maintenance of species diversity, and carbon sequestration
  • Climate-smart agriculture (food security and climate change)
  • Soil conservation and health, soil carbon restoration, and soil erosion control
  • Human-wildlife coexistence, including noninvasive pest control and reduction of wildlife damage to crops and forests
  • Ecological restoration, with a focus on repairing the damage humans have done to ecosystems through colonialism.

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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