Our proposal review process is guided by our aim to connect people from all walks of life with leading scientists working on crucial environmental research projects locally and globally.
Projects are evaluated based on scientific merit, safety, logistical viability, appropriateness of volunteer field tasks, and our available support for the project.
Request for Proposals – Due Dec. 9, 2013
Earthwatch is currently seeking submissions from field-based researchers to engage members of the public (recruited by Earthwatch) in their research projects for 2015. We are particularly interested in projects connected to the topics below. Concept Notes are due by Monday, December 9, 2013.
What are we looking for?
We seek proposals from field-based researchers for citizen science research projects. Projects should display a set of clearly identified research questions, with appropriate research design and methodology to answer those questions. Projects should involve people meaningfully in data collection and with a high likelihood that credible data will be collected that address the research questions. Scientists should be committed to meaningfully involving participants and providing them with context about the issues and science behind their project. Projects should have a clear and credible pathway from research data collection to impacts. We seek projects that aim to contribute new knowledge through peer-reviewed publications around key conservation and science agendas. We seek projects that aim to inform plans and policies that improve the management and stewardship of biodiversity, ecosystems, cultural heritage, or human welfare and livelihoods.
To help you determine if your research is a fit for Earthwatch, ask yourself:
- Can volunteers make a significant contribution to your research?
- Are you interested in leading teams of untrained but enthusiastic volunteers in the field?
- Are you prepared to share the vision behind your project and inspire nonscientists?
Earthwatch takes the safety of all people involved in projects we support very seriously. Therefore, we are not able to support any research projects in certain regions of the world due to safety concerns. See our current Earthwatch 'No Go' List.