SNAPP: Working Groups Grant

Science for Nature and People Partnership

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Grant amount: Up to US $200,000

Anticipated deadline: Jun 6, 2019 5:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University Individuals Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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How can the protection of nature help secure food, energy and water – and enhance the quality of life for 10 billion people? The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) takes on this key challenge and believes that successful solutions cannot be achieved by any single organization acting alone. Whether you focus on human health or ecological health, adaptation to climate change or a humanitarian crisis, SNAPP announces its 2017 Request for Proposals to convene interdisciplinary teams, and invites you to be a part of the solution!

Just as human and natural systems are bolstered by biodiversity, people tackle complex problems more readily in diverse environments. SNAPP provides funding to bring together teams of 12-18 people from diverse organizations that we refer to as working groups. SNAPP working groups meet intensively in 3-4 in-person collaborative sessions (lasting 3-5 days each) over the course of 18-24 months. Strong leaders with open minds and flexible facilitation styles guide the teams to tackle questions at the heart of sustainable economic development, human well-being, and nature conservation. Between sessions, team members collaborate remotely to publish research, develop implementation tools and products, and support decision-makers’ use of the results.

We fund science that makes things happen. SNAPP working groups include experts from any academic discipline to synthesize data relevant to their work, from indigenous knowledge to satellite imagery or anything in between. They also include key people poised to make changes in the humanitarian development and conservation sectors and influence policy at national and international levels.

Are you interested in natural solutions to climate change? Sanitation and water security? So are we! While this year’s Request for Proposals remains open to globally important issues at the interface of conservation, development and human well-being, proposals centered around these climate and sanitation themes are especially welcome. 

SNAPP’s founding partners include two international nature conservation organizations and a science synthesis center – The Nature Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Including members from The Nature Conservancy and Wildlife Conservation Society in your proposal is strongly encouraged but not required. The default location for meetings of working groups is NCEAS in Santa Barbara, CA.

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.
  • SNAPP funds the convening of working groups, the production of tools and implementation documents, outreach with policy makers, etc.
    • Some funds can be used to pay a data technician or software development contractor, but working group members cannot use funds for their salary


  • Matching sources are not required for a SNAPP proposal but they are strongly encouraged.
    • For this year’s SNAPP Request for Proposals, those proposals that have secured new outside funding in addition to SNAPP funding will be given preferential consideration in the proposal review process. 
  • 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.


  •  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.