Earthwatch: Launch Your Project

For successful research proposals, principal investigators (PIs) will work with Earthwatch to develop their projects. 

A typical timeline for projects will be given to you by your program manager. PIs will collaborate with Earthwatch to meet deadlines outlined in the timeline document, including: 

  • Finalizing a research budget using the  Budget Template 
  • Completing a risk assessment using the  Risk Assessment Template to determine project risks and mitigation techniques; and
  • Completing an emergency response plan using the  Emergency Response Template to ensure you have a contingency plan for potential incidents.

Earthwatch also provides PIs with important resources, including: 

All Earthwatch projects are subject to annual review. At the end of each field season, projects are assessed based on: 

  • The Field Report completed by the PI describing progress toward research objectives and impacts of the project for that year; the field report must be completed within 90 days of the last team end date;
  • The online Post-Fielding Evaluation completed by the PI to give feedback on the PI’s experience with Earthwatch teams; and
  • Project Final Accounting, which describes how funds were spent. 

For questions regarding developing and maintaining your project, please contact your assigned program manager and/or research manager. Program managers and research managers are assigned when PIs are invited to complete a full research proposal. 


Submit a Pre-Proposal

Puerto Ricos Rainforest

Earthwatch will select pre-proposals for development into full research proposals. To submit a pre-proposal, click here.

Funding FAQs

Investigating Whales and Dolphins of the Norwegian Arctic

For answers to commonly asked questions regarding grants click here.