The National Geographic Society Award
About the awards
The National Geographic Society awards grants for research, conservation, education, and storytelling through its Committee for Research and Exploration. All proposed projects must be novel and exploratory, and be of broad interest. National Geographic Society grant-funded projects should be bold, innovative, and transformative.
National Geographic welcomes applications from around the world, and specifically encourages applicants from outside the United States to apply. Applicants planning to work outside of their home country should include at least one local collaborator on their team. The Committee will not usually consider applications that support strictly laboratory or collections work. Grants are awarded on the basis of merit and exist independent of the Society’s other divisions.
In 2017, the National Geographic Grants Committee will meet four times: January, April, August, and November. Please observe these deadlines for submitting your Standard Grant application:
Deadline of April 1, 2017, for decision by August 21, 2017
Deadline of July 1, 2017, for decision by November 30, 2017
Keep reading for detailed information about how to complete the application.
Education grants support projects that aim to teach people about the world and how it works, empowering them to make it a better place. We look for projects that identify effective strategies in teaching and learning—what works in education?—in our three focus lenses. Projects can be new or existing initiatives that have potential for replication or adaptation to other areas and audiences.
We also support projects that demonstrate how to teach better—new ideas for instructional strategies at any level, with any audience, and in any location. We aim to support educators in traditional and nontraditional settings, in community education and outreach, and in other venues.
Finally, we support projects that measure what works in teaching and learning—educators who want to research, evaluate, and measure how learning takes place. This dovetails with National Geographic’s Learning Framework: the set of attitudes, skills, and knowledge that embody the explorer mindset.
Storytelling grants support individuals and teams that aim to document our changing planet, the human journey, and wildlife and wild places. We support storytelling projects by photographers, filmmakers, journalists, cartographers, and data visualizers. Projects may be new endeavors or components of larger bodies of work. Awarded funds support field expenses, equipment, and may include stipends to applicants. We are also interested in how applicants are planning to disseminate their funded work.
Technology grants support projects in which the primary focus is the development of innovative tools and methods that positively impact our ability to explore, protect, and tell the story of our world and its inhabitants. Specifically, we support technology development that can be applied to scientific research, conservation, education, and storytelling. Awarded funds support materials, fabrication, and other development costs associated with the creation of new technologies. Applicants are strongly encouraged to include proof-of-concept field trials in their proposal.
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