Request for Proposals: SNAPP Science to Solutions Funding

Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) Announces 2017 Request for Proposals to Fund Science to Solutions Teams

Request for Proposals Due Date: June 7, 2017 at 5:00pm PDT
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How can the protection of nature help secure food, energy and water – and enhance the quality of life – for 10 billion people? The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) takes on this key challenge and believes that successful solutions cannot be achieved by any single organization acting alone. Whether you focus on human health or ecological health, adaptation to climate change or a humanitarian crisis, SNAPP announces its 2017 Request for Proposals to convene interdisciplinary teams, and invites you to be a part of the solution!

Just as human and natural systems are bolstered by biodiversity, people tackle complex problems more readily in diverse environments. SNAPP provides funding to bring together teams of 12-18 people from diverse organizations that we refer to as working groups. SNAPP working groups meet intensively in 3-4 in-person collaborative sessions (lasting 3-5 days each) over the course of 18-24 months. Strong leaders with open minds and flexible facilitation styles guide the teams to tackle questions at the heart of sustainable economic development, human well-being, and nature conservation. Between sessions, team members collaborate remotely to publish research, develop implementation tools and products, and support decision-makers’ use of the results.

We fund science that makes things happen. SNAPP working groups include experts from any academic discipline to synthesize data relevant to their work, from indigenous knowledge to satellite imagery or anything in between. They also include key people poised to make changes in the humanitarian, development and conservation sectors and influence policy at national and international levels.

Are you interested in natural solutions to climate change? Sanitation and water security? So are we! While this year’s Request for Proposals remains open to globally important issues at the interface of conservation, development and human well-being, proposals centered around these climate and sanitation themes are especially welcome. More information on proposal preparation can be found below in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. Please take note of a very important point – SNAPP funds the convening of working groups but does not cover salary of individual working group members.

Proposals will be evaluated by SNAPP’s Science Advisory Council and Board of Governors based on their inclusion of:

  •   Direct path to impacting policy or practice and broad applicability of results
  •   Clear and intriguing science questions
  •   Diversity in sectors, disciplines and members
  •   Cost-effective use of SNAPP funding and leveraging of other funds

SNAPP’s founding partners include two international nature conservation organizations and a science synthesis center – The Nature Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Including members from The Nature Conservancy and Wildlife Conservation Society in your proposal is strongly encouraged but not required. The default location for meetings of working groups is NCEAS in Santa Barbara, CA.

Apply for funding from now through June 7, 2017, 5pm PT and join the ranks of SNAPP leaders whose influential science to solutions include (as four examples):

Questions? See the full RFP below or contact SNAPP at: Tel.: (805) 893-7551

Download the RFP