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Since first awarding a grant in 1890, the National Geographic Society has been investing in bold people and transformative ideas. Our funding opportunities aim to further understanding of our planet and empower a global community to generate solutions for a healthier and more sustainable future.
We fund individuals working on projects in science, conservation, storytelling, education, and technology that align with one or more of our focus areas (Ocean, Land, Wildlife, Human Industries and Cultures, Human Ingenuity).
And we don’t just support their incredible work. We actively seek to help them network, connect, and learn with National Geographic and each other, empower them with cutting-edge tools, technology, and training, and further their impact and recognition through our storytelling.
- Animal Behavior and Cognition Funding Opportunity: The National Geographic Society is launching a rigorous global effort to find three of the best scientists doing field research on animal behavior and cognition. If selected, each individual will receive direct funding of $800,000, as well as substantial additional resources and services over four (4) years (with the possibility to extend an additional six (6) years, totaling a project length of 10 years). Details.
- Level I Funding: If you are working to establish yourself in your field, hope to gain experience leading projects, are interested in joining the National Geographic Explorer community and have not yet received a grant from the National Geographic Society, you may apply for a Level I Grant. Funding requests at this level can be up to USD $20,000. Projects can be up to one year in length, although projects with "Technology" as the primary focus can be up to two years.
- Level II Funding: If you are more established in your field, have previously received a National Geographic Society grant or are seeking a higher level of funding, you may apply for a Level II Grant. You are not required to have previously received a National Geographic Society grant to apply for this opportunity. These grants are highly competitive and reserved for select projects that push boundaries to achieve significant and tangible impact in your field. Projects can be up to two years long. Level II Grant recipients receive funding up to $100,000. Smaller requests will be accommodated and will not be more or less competitive.
Grant proposal submissions are due by 11:59pm EDT on April 12, 2023.