The National Geographic Society today announced the expansion of its grants program to better address the most critical issues facing our planet and ensure a healthier, more sustainable future for generations to come. Under its newly diversified, streamlined grants program, the Society awarded funding to nearly 70 applicants representing 21 countries. For the first time, applicants comprised a wider range of disciplines, including educators, storytellers and technologists as well as the scientists, conservationists and explorers traditionally supported by the organization. Among the new grant recipients are a South African-based photojournalist documenting disappearing seabirds; a biologist studying Chile’s wild cockroaches; and a researcher mounting a public education campaign to identify Ireland’s “holy wells.”
To simplify the process for candidates, the Society also created a new online grants portal that provides an easy-to-use and streamlined application. Funding opportunities are available for bold individuals and transformative ideas that harness the collective power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to change the world.