Pre-Proposal Submission Form

Welcome to the Earthwatch Pre-Proposal

Earthwatch's project review processes are guided by our mission to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. The grant application process at Earthwatch begins with the completion of a pre-proposal.

Pre-proposals for projects starting in 2019 will be accepted through 11:59 pm (EDT) Sunday, June 11, 2017.

We will evaluate pre-proposals based on scientific merit, expected project outcomes and impacts, appropriateness of citizen-scientist activities, safety and logistical viability, and Earthwatch’s ability to support the project. All pre-proposals should have outputs/impacts that clearly align with current global environmental agendas and priority conservation targets. For more information see http://earthwatch.org/research-funding.

If your pre-proposal raises the interest of the Earthwatch review committee, you will be invited to submit a full proposal. Invitations for proposal submissions will be communicated on June 21, 2017.  

The pre-proposal has three sections:

  • Section 1: Project Design
  • Section 2: Need for Citizen Scientist Participation
  • Section 3: Scientists

Completing the Pre-Proposal 

All pre-proposals must be completed by the principal investigator (PI). You must be online to complete the online submission form. Before answering any questions, you may wish to create a log in account. This will allow you to save your progress as you go and return to it at a later time. A Word version of the pre-proposal is available as a Google Document here. However, please note that all pre-proposals must be submitted through our online form available here: https://fs22.formsite.com/EarthwatchResearch/PreProposal/.

The character limit for each question is listed underneath it and the online form will count your characters.

If you have any questions please contact the Research Department at research@earthwatch.org.

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Indicate the request(s) for proposals that you are responding to:
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Project Information

Earthwatch takes the safety of all people involved in projects we support very seriously. Therefore, we are unable to support any research projects in certain regions of the world due to safety concerns. See our current Earthwatch 'No Go' List.

Section 1: Project Design

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Section 2: Need for Citizen Scientist Participation

In this section please provide Earthwatch with an overview of the volunteer experience. We are looking for clear signs that this will be both an engaging and well-managed experience for citizen-scientist volunteers. To be considered for support, your project must have a strong rationale for requiring involvement of Earthwatch participants. Earthwatch recruits volunteers from all over the world. Participants can be adults, teens, students, teachers, or corporate employees. Participants are NOT required to have any special skills before signing up to volunteer on a project and will be trained by you/your staff to complete all field tasks upon arrival to the site.
Citizen Scientist Participation in Fieldwork
Briefly describe how your project will meaningfully involve non-specialist volunteers in your field research by answering the following questions:
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Project Capacity for Citizen Scientists

Earthwatch recruits and prepares citizen scientists to assist researchers in the field for set blocks of time in field crews, which we refer to as “teams.” A typical project would require engagement of a minimum of 4 and up to 20 participants per team on 4 to 10 teams per year.  Short duration teams spend 1-3 days in the field, while long duration teams spend 7-14 days in the field. Projects must have a three-year or longer duration to be considered for support.

Indicate potential team length(s) (select all that apply) *
 
 

Comfortable accommodations for the proposed project must be located a reasonable travel distance from the research site in order to travel back and forth daily. Accommodations may not be required for 1-3 day teams.

Type of Accommodations – Please indicate the accommodation type(s) available. We prefer field station, house, or dormoritory-style housing when possible.  *
 

Section 3: Scientists

All pre-proposals must be submitted by the PI. All PIs must have a PhD, with no exceptions, and an affiliation with a university, government agency, or science-focused NGO. All co-PIs must be scientists with a PhD, MSc, or BSc. We encourage graduate student participation in projects. We also are particularly interested in helping support early-career scientists.

Please list all of the scientists who will be working on this research project as co-PIs and attach a zip file with a copy of their CVs.

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Scientist CVs

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
How did you find out about Earthwatch's call for pre-proposals? (Select all that apply)
 
How did you find out about Earthwatch's call for pre-proposals? (Select all that apply)