Earthwatch Institute (Europe) is seeking UK based research proposals addressing climate change issues that would benefit from volunteer involvement.
Earthwatch is already working with a range of partners to enhance the understanding of this issue. The Institute wishes to extend its engagement with individuals, companies and society at large, in conducting research which increases the understanding of the environmental impact of, and response, to climate change.
"The dramatic changes in our climate pose significant threats to the environment, economy and society and is thus one of the most urgent issues for research towards solutions," said Dr. Roger Mitchell, Director of Research and Education and Chief Scientist for Earthwatch Institute (Europe)."We consider that topics which require much greater scientific investigation include long-term sustainability of existing ecosystems, adaptive measures to accommodate ecological and geomorphological change including the survival of threatened species and habitats, control of non-native invasive species and, generally, a more dynamic approach to managing the inevitable changes now and in the future."
An application in the form of a preliminary proposal (approximately 5 pages) is required. If successful, a full proposal will be invited which will be externally peer reviewed. The project development process usually takes 12 months including the recruitment of volunteer field assistant teams.
Applications will only be considered for research projects which:
- are focussed on UK based climate change research;
- are directed at a climate change related priority;
- include basic, easily learnt, research tasks appropriate for un-skilled volunteers; and
- are led by open-minded and adaptable scientists who are able to inspire and motivate non-specialist volunteers
The preliminary proposal form can be found at;
Further information about the research grant process is available at;