SNAPP Funding

Science for Nature and People Partnership

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Anticipated deadline: Jun 10, 2021 5:00pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $200,000

Fields of work: Environment Sustainability Climate Change Resilience Economic Services & Development Environmental Conservation Sanitation & Clean Drinking Water Water Resource Management Show all

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit, Individuals, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) Request for Proposals to Fund Science to Solutions Teams

SNAPP funds science that leads to rapid, tangible and enduring benefits to conservation and sustainable development. To achieve this, SNAPP funds teams of 12-20 people from diverse organizations to gather for 3-4 collaborative sessions over the course of 24 months. These working groups conceive new ideas, synthesize data relevant to their work, and deliver rapid solutions to the most critical challenges facing humans and our planet. Between sessions, members collaborate remotely, work with long-term implementation partners, develop and test tools and products, and publish research. SNAPP teams influence policy at national and international levels and initiate action across sectors.

Each year, SNAPP provides up to US$1 million total across 4-6 approved working groups, led by academic, governmental agency, multilateral, or nonprofit institutions. SNAPP’s founding partners include two international conservation organizations and a synthesis science center – The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, which is the standard location for working group meetings. Including members from TNC and WCS in your proposal is strongly encouraged but not required. Prospective applicants from TNC and WCS should reach out to Jessica Musengezi and Kate Mastro (respectively) to discuss proposal ideas.

Please note: SNAPP funds are provided to convene working groups and, in some cases, to support salaries of postdoctoral fellows or research/technical assistants committed to specific projects (see below); funds cannot be used to cover salaries of Principal Investigators or other group members.

SNAPP welcomes proposals for working groups on all conservation/sustainable development topics.

Urgent response “climate, oceans and equity” opportunity:

With funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, SNAPP seeks to fund one or more urgent response working group proposals (in addition to those funded through the standard RFP). These proposals should rapidly address critical questions at the intersection of climate, oceans and equity to seek solutions that are also pragmatic, feasible to implement quickly and widely applicable across the globe. Example questions might address:

  • What does "climate-smart" management and governance look like for marine conservation interventions (e.g., fisheries, protected areas), particularly if we consider "return on investment" for those interventions?
  • How do climate influenced changes in marine food web structures and availability interact with human communities’ ability to respond to change and manage cultural practices, identity, and nutrition?

Note: Funded teams will meet 2-3 times over 18 months and collaborate closely with each other and the Coastal Outcomes SNAPP working group. 

What does SNAPP mean by sustainable economic development, human well-being, and nature conservation?

Sustainable economic development refers to the policy and investments that create the conditions for equitable and inclusive economic growth and improved quality of life by expanding livelihood opportunities for all segments of society including individuals, business interests, and communities while advancing mutual gain for the public and the private sector.

Human well-being, in the broadest terms, is about the objective and subjective factors that make up a person's health and quality of life. It is context specific. Human well-being can be affected by material and non-material components, such as basic material needs (e.g., adequate income, housing), physical and mental health, social relations (e.g., cohesion, strong social support networks), freedom and choice, governance, and equity and equality.

Nature conservation can refer to either broad issues of conservation that are problem-oriented (e.g., climate change, land-use change, sustainable fisheries, biodiversity offsets, illegal trade in wildlife) or biodiversity conservation efforts directly (e.g., matters related to composition, structure, and function of ecosystems). Nature conservation can also include efforts focused on conserving ecological processes that form the foundation for ecosystem services (e.g., natural flow regimes, fire regimes, nutrient cycling)

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Researchers and practitioners of any nationality affiliated with an academic, governmental agency, multilateral, or not-for-profit institution may submit a SNAPP proposal.
  • Individuals operating independently are also eligible to apply.
  • Individuals and organizations from the humanitarian and development sectors are encouraged to submit SNAPP proposals.
  • Proposals from low- and middle-income countries are especially welcomed.


  • Matching sources are not required but are strongly encouraged; proposals that have secured funding in addition to SNAPP funding will be given preferential consideration in the proposal review process. 


  • Individuals from private sector institutions are fully eligible to be a participant of a SNAPP working group, but are not eligible to lead SNAPP working groups as Principal Investigators.
  • SNAPP funds may not be used to pay salaries of working group leads or participants (other than postdoctoral fellows or data/research analyst-technician positions) or cover any capital or overhead expenses.

This page was last reviewed June 12, 2020 and last updated June 12, 2020