Science for Nature and People (SNAP) Issues First Call for Working Group Proposals


Science for Nature and People (SNAP) is a new scientific collaboration launched by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). This collaborative is assembled to ask the question: How can protecting nature help ensure food, energy, water, and security for 9 billion or more people?  We intend to uncover approaches that will benefit all humankind—especially the planet’s poorest and most marginalized citizens.

SNAP is requesting proposals for Working Groups that will be initiated before the end of 2013. Proposals may require new 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.

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?

Working Groups should include expertise from both inside and outside of academia.  A key component of successful proposals is the integral involvement of staff from TNC, WCS, or both, as members of the Working Group.

The full SNAP Request For Proposals (RFP) packet contains: who should apply, guidelines for submission, financial information, a description of Working Groups, 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. UPDATE: This SNAP Call for Proposals has closed.


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Posted on July 11, 2013