Subject: Request for Proposals: Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems
Earthwatch is currently seeking proposals from field-based researchers to engage members of the public (recruited by Earthwatch) in their research focused on coral reef ecosystems in the Caribbean.
Earthwatch Institute is an international non-profit organization that engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.
Earthwatch aims to create opportunities for teams of adults and students (age 15-18) to participate and assist in the research and data collection of scientists working on active research projects. Earthwatch participants are highly motivated citizens from around the world who are dedicated to improving environmental understanding.
There is a wide range of potential field research topics appropriate for these grants. Projects should display a set of clearly identified research questions, with appropriate research design and methodology. Earthwatch is looking to support projects with outputs/impacts that will either: a) lead to significant advancement in scientific understanding or b) make significant contributions to environmental policies or management plans.
Research topics that may be considered for funding include, but are not limited to:
- Impacts of global change on coral reefs, and how this is affecting the local community
- The role of coral reefs in coastal ecosystem function, interactions with key habitats such as mangroves and sea grass beds, and how integrated ecosystem management can mitigate against human impacts
- The effects of fisheries (including fish and shellfish; and aquaculture practices) on coral reefs and how they can be managed effectively to ensure sustainable fish stocks and healthy coral reef ecosystem
Concept Notes and Proposals
Concept Notes for projects starting in spring or summer 2015 will be accepted through Monday, December 9, 2013. Invitations for full Research Proposals will be communicated in late December.
You can submit a Concept Note here: http://bit.ly/earthwatchconceptnote
- Research tasks in which non-specialists (i.e. member of the public or students) can participate in data collection or scientific observation
- Project should meaningfully engage a minimum of 4 and up to 20 Earthwatch participants per team on 4 to 10 teams per year. Each team spends 7-14 days in the field.
- Location: We are seeking projects in the Caribbean, particularly The Bahamas.
- 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.
- Ability to conduct fieldwork in March, April, June, July, and August is preferable.
- Students are a key participant group for Earthwatch; it is advantageous for applicants to be open to student participants (age 15-18).
- Applications are to be submitted in English and project must be conducted in English.
Annual grants cover expenses for the project while in the field including: equipment (under US$1000), tools, supplies, research permits, scientist transport to the field, support staff, and food and accommodation for PIs, staff, and Earthwatch participants. The grants do not cover scientist salaries, overhead, capital equipment, and post-expedition data analysis. For successful proposal a budget will be negotiated in partnership with Earthwatch, but usually average around US$20,000. The research proposals are tenable for four years, and potentially renewable.
Full details can be found on our website: http://earthwatch.org/scientific-research/scientist-opportunities/working-with-earthwatch
Qustions can be directed to: Gitte Venicx, Research Projects Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Earthwatch Institute <email@example.com>
Thursday, November 07, 2013