Call for Proposals

Lotus Arrieta Vermeer lvermeer at
Wed Feb 7 11:38:41 EST 2001

Apologies for cross-postings...


announces a

Call for Proposals in Marine Biology, Ecology and Ichthyology

Earthwatch Institute is a non-profit institution that sponsors scholarly
field research in the biological, physical, social and cultural
sciences.  Field grant awards are derived from funds contributed by
Earthwatch members who serve as volunteer participants on research
projects.  Volunteers are well-educated and highly motivated individuals
who are recruited and screened to meet scientists’ needs.  To date,
Earthwatch has supported over 1,000 research projects in 118 countries,
with over 50,000 volunteer field assistants contributing $40 million in
research grants. The Center for Field Research is the affiliate
organisation of Earthwatch Institute that develops and recommends
programs for Earthwatch support.  The Center is accepting proposals for
field research in the areas of marine biology, marine ecology and

Scientists, resource managers and others involved in research in the
marine sciences are eligible to apply as individuals or as teams.
Principal Investigators must oversee all field work.  Professionals from
any nationality, for work in any regional area, are eligible to apply.

Field-based projects which address a broad range of questions and issues
in marine biology, marine ecology and ichthyology, are encouraged, e.g.:

•        Investigations of the behavioral ecology or population biology
of selected aquatic species
•        Basic research in marine biology, marine ecology, marine
benthic ecology and ichthyology
•        Studies of threatened marine ecosystems (e.g. salt marshes,
coral reefs, mangroves, estuaries)
•        Projects that assess the impacts of human activities on marine
and freshwater flora and fauna
•        Projects that test innovative approaches in marine and
freshwater aquaculture

Grants range from $10,000 to $50,000, depending on project length and
number of volunteer participants involved.  A typical Earthwatch project
employs 4 to 8 volunteers, each on 3 to 6 sequential teams over several
months.  Project teams normally spend 7 to 15 days in the field as most
participants are on leave from their professional organisations.
Earthwatch grants cover costs of maintaining volunteers and principal
research staff in the field.  They may also assist with other project
expenses, but cannot be used for PI salaries, capital equipment and
overhead costs.  Preliminary proposals for field research should be
submitted 1 year in advance of the anticipated field dates.  Full
proposals, if invited, are peer reviewed.  Proposals are accepted and
reviewed year round.

All correspondence should be directed to:
Dr. Lotus A. Vermeer • Earth and Marine Science Program Director  • The
Center for Field Research
3 Clock Tower Place, Suite 100  •  Box 75 • Maynard MA 01754  •  Phone
800-776-0188 x129  •  Fax 978-461-2332  •  World Wide Web: • e-mail: lvermeer at

Lotus Vermeer, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Center for Field Research  and
Program Director, Earth and Marine Sciences

The Center For Field Research at Earthwatch Institute
3 Clock Tower Place, Suite 100,  Box 75,  Maynard,  MA  USA  01754
Tel. (978) 461-0081 x129  Fax  (978) 461-2332   Toll Free (800) 776-0188

E-mail:  lvermeer at

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