Are you interested in developing a one-year research and/or education project that relates to one of the below mentioned environmental areas?  If yes, then apply for the Earthwatch Shulman Awards!

Focus Areas

  • Enabling sustainable agricultural land management: Understanding the impact of agricultural production & to improve nature-based practices to address flood risk, erosion and carbon emissions. Taking a landscape approach to agricultural land management to support healthy soils & wildlife.
  • Creating places to live and work: Understanding how urban green spaces, including gardens and parks, can best be managed to increase climate resilience and biodiversity.
  • Reducing pollution in our water bodies: Enabling communities, businesses and water managers to monitor and address nutrient pollution and plastic pollution. Mapping the pathways of plastic from source to sea and inspiring action to address this urgent challenge.

Budget Criteria

  • The project proposal must include a budget which outlines how up to a maximum of GBP £4000 grant would be spent.
  • At least 70% of the grant must go directly to project costs (e.g. data analysis, field costs, travel, subsistence, accommodation, support staff.)
  • Budget may include;
    • Subsistence costs for when away from home for non-local field work or training.
    • Community event costs/travel to communities to deliver outreach/workshops
    • Production of outreach materials, books, leaflets, etc
    • Funding of salaries of support staff (e.g. cooks, guides, drivers).
    • Funding of training courses such as GIS, field skills training etc…
  • Budget may not include;
    • Institutional overheads/administrative costs or capital costs (e.g. vehicles, infrastructure).
    • Equipment which is NOT vital to the proposed project.
    • Accommodation and subsistence when working or attending conferences locally.
    • Funding of salaries of research staff
    • Language skills training

Eligible Countries

This year, Applications from the following continents and countries are eligible to apply:

  • South America (all countries)
  • Central America (all countries)
  • Africa (all countries)
  • Asia (all countries)
  • Europe (Albania, Belarus, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain)

Applicant Eligibility Criteria

Applicants eligible to apply must meet the following requirements;

  • Be a national of one of the eligible countries named above.
  • Enthusiastic to develop and/or further a career in environmental science or education that engages and supports local communities and stakeholders.
  • Be at a stage in career, where having the opportunity to develop a research or education project will be useful and productive in terms of personal/professional development.
  • Able to complete the project within one year
  • Able to commit to completing all required documentation in a timely manner including;
    • Progress reports in months 6 & 12 and quarterly budgeting reports
    • Evaluation and feedback forms post project
  • Applicant must be nominated and the project supported by either an Earthwatch Scientist, associated partner or mentor, senior member of staff in your organisation or institution that can offer support and guidance and play a mentoring role throughout the delivery of your project.

Project Eligibility Criteria

  • The project must be realistically achievable in one year (from January 2020 to December 2020).
  • Activities should clearly address all three Award Objectives.
    • Strengthen conservation outcomes – Ensuring that projects inform effective environmental management and more sustainable use of natural resources, through dissemination of research results and engagement with relevant local stakeholders, to support the uptake of findings. Supporting project staff to access skills and knowledge within local communities, which can add value to the research or facilitate its application.
    • Invest in the next generation – Delivering education and engagement opportunities that will help future generations, in the region or country, to understand the importance of protecting biodiversity and the value of ecosystem services. Instilling skills, knowledge and confidence in order to develop environmental leaders who take action to protect their own environment and who will inspire others to live in balance with nature.
    • Deliver value to communities – Identifying ways to enhance the relevance of projects to how communities interact with and depend upon the natural environment. Facilitating a more collaborative approach towards shared outcomes and locally relevant sustainable resource management. Enhancing awareness and understanding within communities of key environmental problems, and the benefits of implementing locally-led initiatives to address them.
  • Activities must clearly address one or more of Earthwatch’s key focus areas.
  • Project may include;
    • Research, conservation and/or educational components.
    • Production and dissemination of materials for educational use (e.g. posters, videos, booklets).
    • Build on existing research or comprise a new research angle (e.g. in a new location).
    • Research-related field costs.
    • Presenting at conferences as a culmination of work conducted using this grant.
    • Post-field data analysis and preparation of results for dissemination.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit all applications via email at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Earthwatch Shulman Awards.

Name of the Organisation
Earthwatch Shulman Awards
Grant Amount
GBP 4000
Closing date of Proposal
Tuesday, 26 November, 2019
RFP Email
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