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Other research funding opportunities

Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge

The Challenge, an initiative of USAID in partnership with National Geographic, Smithsonian and TRAFFIC, is an open competition that aims to reward innovative solutions to an escalating problem. Grand prizes of up to $500,000 aim to attract science- and technology-based solutions and bring modern tools into the larger effort to save rhinos, elephants, tigers, and hundreds of other marine and terrestrial animals. 

So, if you are a mobile developer, conservation biologist, engineer, forensic scientist, social media analyst, entrepreneur or ANYONE worldwide with a great idea, or if you KNOW anyone that might have a great idea, spread the word. If you would like to sign up for updates, including on when our application window opens, click here. And please follow us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

BMP Innovation

The Industrial Innovation Scholarships (IIS) Program, offered jointly by the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FQRNT) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), offers financial assistance to students enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program and interested in undertaking research in natural sciences and engineering, through a university-business partnership. Read more…


Mitacs-Accelerate is Canada’s premiere research internship program. It connects companies with over 50 research-based universities through graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, who apply their specialized expertise to business research challenges. Interns transfer their skills from theory to real-world application, while the companies gain a competitive advantage by accessing high-quality research expertise. Read more…

National Geographic Explorers

At the heart of the National Geographic Explorers program is the quest for knowledge through exploration and the people who make it possible. National Geographic recognizes explorers from traditional and emerging fields through three programs: Explorers-in-Residence, Emerging Explorers, and Fellows.

National Geographic also funds groundbreaking work through a range of grant programs: the Committee for Research and Exploration, Expeditions Council, Conservation Trust, Young Explorers Grants, and the National Geographic Society/Waitt Grants Program.

The Leakey Foundation

The Leakey Foundation’s granting program exclusively supports research into human origins and evolution and other areas of study are generally not funded. The Foundation was formed to foster research into human origins. The Foundation exclusively funds research related specifically to human origins, including paleoanthropology, genetics, primate behavior, and studies of modern hunter-gatherer groups. The Leakey Foundation awards two types of grants: Research Grants and Baldwin Fellowships.