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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Investigators and Research Groups for Costs to Facilitate Research

Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) Funding


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Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP)
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/15/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA, Canada, and International investigators and research groups for costs to facilitate research. Funding is intended for research that falls into one of the following categories: nature conservation, sustainable economic development, and human well-being. Funds may be used to convene working groups and support the salaries of postdoctoral fellows and research assistants.

Funds may be used to pay for analysis conducted by an outside contractor, or even a specific analysis conducted by a working group member (who is not a PI) where it is above and beyond the engagement of most working group members and not otherwise part of this person’s job. Funds may also cover postdoctoral researchers, research assistants, facilitators, graphic designers, and other independent contractors on a case-by-case basis. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is the fiscal steward for SNAPP and will execute all contracts unless otherwise approved in advance and in writing; therefore, standard TNC constraints on conflicts of interest apply. 

What is funded:

  • Working groups (as described on the Welcome tab; note these are very different from the IUCN species survival "working groups")
  • Salary, benefits and other direct costs of postdoctoral researchers and research assistants
  • Independent contractors or the actual time of employees conducting analysis, graphic design, web development, and similar activities for the working group
  • Virtual and in-person meetings, including third-party neutral facilitators, meeting planners, hotel, catering, meeting venue and technology, as well as individual attendee travel expenses


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Working groups, led by academic, governmental agency, multilateral, or nonprofit institutions are eligible to apply.

For additional information regarding working groups, see FAQs, in Supporting Documents, below.

Researchers and practitioners of any nationality affiliated with an academic, governmental agency, multilateral, or nonprofit institution may submit a proposal. Individuals operating independently are also eligible to apply. Individuals from private sector institutions are fully eligible to be participants of a working group but are not eligible to lead SNAPP working groups as Principal Investigators (PIs, or team leads). Individuals and organizations from the humanitarian and development sectors are encouraged to submit SNAPP proposals.

SNAPP funds cannot fund the salaries of the Principal Investigator(s), and the proposal should therefore not be written and submitted by a postdoc seeking to fund their ongoing work.

Please note that members of SNAPP’s Board of Directors and Science Advisory Council cannot be named a member or leader of the working group, nor provide a letter of recommendation.

Funding restrictions are as follows:
- Under no circumstances may SNAPP funds be used to pay salaries of Principal Investigators, nor can these funds be used to pay for routine working group meeting attendance by PIs.
- No overheads may be charged to SNAPP funds.

Among what cannot be funded:
- Salary for Principal Investigators (this includes postdocs if they are listed as a PI)
- Primary data collection or fieldwork unless clearly justified to fill a critical gap in an existing dataset (should be no more than 5-10% of the total budget)
- Equipment, vehicles, building infrastructure
- Lobbying
- Research without a direct link to implementation and vice versa
- Overhead or indirect costs

Pre-Application Information
The SNAPP review process is two-tiered.
Round 1: Successful submission of a complete and accurate proposal. Proposals to SNAPP are accepted beginning in September and are due on 15 December 2023.

Round 2: Proposals that most strongly align with SNAPP’s mission and priorities will advance to Round 2 for rigorous scientific review and vetting of their plan to implement long-term, tangible changes for nature conservation and human well-being.

Applicants will be notified of final decisions of which Proposals will be funded by May 2024.

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