Open Call – National Geographic Society – COVID19 Science

Mar 9, 2021 | Awards & Funding, Research

To: All Divisional Faculty and Instructors
From: Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Subject: Funding Opportunity

The Office of Foundations Relations is pleased to share this open call for funding from the National Geographic Society.  Please follow the links below for more information. 

Funder: National Geographic Society
OpportunityCOVID-19 Science Fund
Statement of Interest Deadline:  March 31, 2021




In response to worldwide disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Geographic Society is providing funding for projects focused on how humanity and the natural world have reacted to and are living through the unparalleled circumstances created by COVID-19. Proposed projects should seek to better understand and/or provide solutions to the situations created or magnified by the pandemic, thereby helping us to understand and address the challenges and changes of living in a COVID-19 world.

This fund invites research, conservation, and technology projects on the following two topics. Additional information about each topic is found at the website.

    1. Community-based and inclusive conservation.
    2. Impacts of tourism changes on cultural heritage sites and wildlife.


  • All application materials must be in English, and applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time they submit an application.
  • Only applications that propose activity in the applicant’s country of residence will be considered.


March 31, 2021: Statement of Interest, using NatGeo’s short online form
April 8, 2021: Applicants notified
May 19, 2021: If invited, full application

Special Requirements

If invited to submit a full proposal, please promptly submit your proposal intake form , or within the Social Sciences Division notify Ashlee Tews,, prior to UCSC’s Internal Institutional Deadlines.

For LOI development support, or for any questions about institutional requirements, please send requests and questions to the research development team at A proposal development specialist will field your requests.

Call sent: March 9, 2021

The Office Foundation Relations is a unit of University Relations. The FR team creates and maintains mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with private organizations, matching grant initiatives with educational and research programs and centers. FR supports faculty and staff to identify and approach these and other private foundations and corporations for funding, to assist in strategic positioning of the grant application, and to facilitate funder campus visits.

For a list of recent funding opportunities, please visit the FR website.  FR Calls for Funding

If you have any questions or comments, please contact