For Scientists: SNAP Request for Proposals

Samburu Woman Milking her Goat-Namuniak, Northern Rangelands Trust, Kenya. Image credit: USAID/Kenya-Donatella Lorch/Flickr through a Creative Commons license.

Samburu Woman Milking her Goat-Namuniak, Northern Rangelands Trust, Kenya. Image credit: Donatella Lorch/USAID-Kenya/Flickr through a Creative Commons license.

Science for Nature and People (SNAP), a new scientific collaboration launched by The Nature Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, is requesting proposals for SNAP Working Groups that will be initiated before the end of 2013. This RFP is a unique opportunity for conservation scientists to address major questions at the trade-off frontier of nature conservation, economic development and human well-being.

SNAP is a boundary institution — at the boundary between analysis and action. We seek proposals for Working Groups that help answer two overarching questions:

  1. How can conservation actions benefit a critical mass of people today while addressing long-term ecological sustainability?
  2. How can economic development be achieved without irreversible or severe environmental damage?

SNAP is structured to deliver results. We will produce knowledge that is science-based and practical, on questions such as where natural habitats can defend coastal communities from the effects of storms. And we’ll include key institutions ready to use that knowledge from the start of our inquiries. That’s why SNAP’s findings will lead to better policies, more effective field practices, and durable economies that value nature’s services and secure the livelihoods of families at risk.

Proposals may require some original modeling, and in rare cases funding may be provided to collect some original data that fill gaps in an otherwise relatively complete picture. Projects must have the potential to generate clear outcomes for improving human well-being and nature conservation, and should examine a geographic scale that may produce generalizable conclusions and/or replicable solutions.

Click here to download the full RFP packet containing an overview, who should apply, guidelines for proposals, deadlines and submission instructions, financial information, Working Groups description, and details about the proposal review process. Proposals for SNAP Working Groups must be submitted by 9 September 2013. Decisions will be announced in early October.

Read more about SNAP, including our first two Working Groups.

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Bob Lalasz is the director of science communications at The Nature Conservancy and the editor of the new Cool Green Science. A long-time editor and writer, he was previously the Conservancy's associate director of digital marketing. He now blogs here about the Conservancy's scientific research and on-the-ground work as well as larger conservation science and science communications issues.

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