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Subject: Request for Proposals, USA, engaging youth in 2014

Request for Proposals for Field Research:
Engaging Students in Citizen Science in the USA
Summer 2014 Youth Program


Earthwatch Institute is an international non-profit organization that engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.

Earthwatch is currently seeking proposals from field-based researchers to engage students aged 15-18 within the continental USA in their research as participants for the summer of 2014. Earthwatch also supports other field research programs and any interest in other programs should be directed to

Program Description
The Summer 2014 Youth Program aims to create opportunities for teams of talented high school students to participate and assist in the research and data collection of scientists working on active research programs. Students are high achievers who are recommended by a guidance counselor or teacher. A selection committee reviews applicants and identifies the candidates based on the student’s proposals.

There is a wide range of potential field research topics appropriate for this program. By connecting students with scientists, we aim to excite the imagination and expand the potential of these students, and to stimulate the students' curiosity about science and technology. We are especially interested in exposing students to the diversity of research that can take place at the field site, including research station and lab settings where possible.

Proposals for the Summer 2014 Youth Program are now being considered. Specifications include::

  • Field location within the continental USA
  • Fielding dates between June 29th and August 7th
  • Fielding length of at least 11 days in the field
  • Location that is able to accommodate 8 students and one facilitator (identified and trained by Earthwatch)
  • Location that is a reasonable travel distance from the research site(s)
  • Lead PhD scientist who will be involved in research activities for the duration of the team
  • Research tasks in which non-specialists (i.e. students) can participate in data collection or scientific observation

Proposals for the summer 2014 Youth Program are being accepted through Wednesday, September 18, 2013. Results will be communicated by the end of November.

Proposal forms are available and can be submitted through the online site:


Research grants are awarded to PIs to cover expenses of the program and range between $10,000 and $14,000 per team. The grants cover expenses for the project while in the field including: equipment, tools, supplies, research permits, scientist transport to the field, support staff, and food and accommodation for PIs, staff, students participants and Earthwatch teen facilitator. There are restrictions to this funding and grants do not cover PI salaries, capital equipment or post-expedition data analysis. For successful proposals, a budget will be negotiated in partnership with Earthwatch.

Questions can be directed to


Earthwatch Institute <>
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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