National Geographic Exploration Grants

The National Geographic Society awards grants for conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology through its Committee for Research and Exploration. All proposed projects must be novel and exploratory, and be of broad interest. National Geographic Society grant-funded projects should be bold, innovative, and transformative.

An Exploration Grant application is a request for funding by an experienced project leader in the areas of conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology. The applicant and his or her team members are expected to demonstrate successful completion of similar projects with measurable and/or tangible results. 

Projects are required to align to the three focus areas: The Human Journey; Wildlife and Wild Places; Our Changing Planet.


Eligibility: Applicants planning to work outside of their home country should include at least one local collaborator on their team. The Committee will not usually consider applications that support strictly laboratory or collections work. Grants are awarded on the basis of merit and exist independent of the Society's other divisions. 




*IMPORTANT: Before you apply, please read the details and requirements of the grant for which you are applying, as well as the agency's eligibility information. You are expected to fully understand these details when you submit your application.

*SFU signature sheet and copy of full application are due to no later than 3 business days before agency deadline. Overhead is 0%. Applicants (not ORS) submit directly to agency via online portal.

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