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UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO), Portugal and EurOcean Foundation are inviting early career ocean professionals (ECOPs) to apply to the newly launched Mario Ruivo Memorial Lecture Series.

The Memorial Lecture Series pays tribute to the legacy of Professor Mário Ruivo, former Executive Secretary of the IOC-UNESCO, and Portugal’s greatest champion of ocean science and its contribution to sustainable development.

Endorsed by the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, this initiative intends to stimulate and recognise ECOPs who are contributing in a substantive way to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda – Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 14, ‘Life below water’, and to the vision and mission  of the Ocean Decade.

Professor Mário Ruivo’s inspiring work and lifelong commitment to ocean science and sustainability, and his foundational contributions to the development of the IOC-UNESCO will be honored through the lecture on the winning project that will be given by the distinguished early career ocean professional during the IOC Assembly in June 2023. It will be the first lecture of this new biennial series.

Empowering the new generations of early career ocean professionals and their projects is key to ensure we can co-design and co-deliver “The ocean we want” in the framework of the Ocean Decade.

Submissions of applications are open to projects developed and led by an ECOP up to 40 years of age before 9 January 2023 (submission deadline), as the principal investigator (PI) or as a co-PI.

National Geographic offers grant opportunities at various entry points to provide a dynamic pathway to join and engage with the NG community.

Whether you are an aspiring Explorer or already a luminary in the field, each opportunity has unique criteria and benefits to ensure that our Explorers receive support and funding aligned to their specific needs and goals. Each year, a small number of grants are awarded to individuals who are just beginning their National Geographic journey, as well as those who are working on more advanced projects.

The National Geographic Society warmly welcomes and encourages applicants from historically and currently underrepresented and underserved populations to apply. National Geographic is committed to funding a diverse and globally representative cohort of Explorers. The National Geographic Society does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, or handicap.

The ARA is excited to announce a funding opportunity for action and research entities to collaborate in order to unearth knowledge, ideas and opportunities for climate change adaptation in the Global South.

This funding opportunity is open to:

  • ‘action’ entities, such as NGOs, cooperatives, governments or organisations facing burning climate change issues affecting local communities, and

  • research institutions that can help respond to the most pressing needs of those affected by climate change in their local communities.

  • The total grant amount will be 15,000.00 GBP, with an application due date of December 12th 2022. Both new applicants, who have never applied to the ARA Micro-grants, and applicants and grantees from the ARA’s Micro-grants Round 1 may apply.

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The High-Seas Alliance and the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative are pleased to offer limited grants for deep sea scientists to attend key meetings, conferences, workshops and events.  

Funding is open to all scientists and social scientists that are members of the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) network [sign up here]. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. 

Please review the application and grant guidelines before submission of application. To apply, please fill out and submit the application form, including the budget template provided.  

Applications must be submitted 60 days in advance of the meeting, conference, workshop or event. The Grant Review Committee will respond 40 days in advance of the meeting via email.

These grants are made available from November 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022.

WildTeam provides online training courses that lead to professional certification in key wildlife conservation subjects, to help conservationists increase their impact.  They want to make our training as accessible and inclusive as possible. The environment sector is one of the least ethnically diverse sectors in the UK, (as outlined in Wildlife and Countryside Link’s Ethnic Diversity Route Map).

To help with this, WildTeam has recently received funding to provide a limited number of full bursaries specifically for UK-based wildlife conservationists who identify as Black, Asian or from other minority ethnic groups who may otherwise not be able to afford our training courses.  Visit their website for more information on our training courses and to apply for a bursary please complete this form.

WildTeam will also have other full and partial bursaries available for training courses in 2023, which will be open to anyone to apply for.

Applications are currently being accepted by invitation only.

If you’d like an invitation to apply for funding, start by joining the SOAlliance online community and introducing yourself and your work.

Grantees will be invited to participate in additional capacity building resources through webinars,  the Ocean Leadership Deep Dive online training, and 1:1 mentorship.

Join the SOAlliance mailing list to be notified when future calls for applications are posted.

The existing collaboration between the Nelson Mandela University in Gqeberha(NMU) and the Carl-von-Ossietzky University in Oldenburg (UOL) has over the last five years been extended to a close collaboration between the marine sciences at both locations. This has been directly facilitated through the Institute for Coastal and Marine Research (CMR) and the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity at the University of Oldenburg (HIFMB).

This cooperation is now being expanded to include another component – a bilateral exchange program in the marine sciences, covering travel and living allowances for outgoing students plus additional scholarships for incoming students from NMU, funded by the EXC2 program of the Ministry of Science and Culture of the German State of Lower Saxony. Family allowance to bring dependent children and partners can be requested, too.

Register now for the following IOI Ocean Academy courses organised by partners in Egypt, Turkey, Black & Mediterranean Seas, South Africa, Maldives.

Participation is free of charge for interested applicants and the 20hr modules are offered ONLINE.

Visit the IOI Ocean Academy dedicated webpage for more information or to register your interest for other courses.

The European Commission has launched the “Blue careers for a sustainable blue economy” call for proposals under the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF). With a budget of EUR 7.5 million, this call aims to contribute to the development of the next generation of blue skills and to provide opportunities for attractive and sustainable maritime careers.

The objective is to develop the necessary skillsets to support the European Green Deal initiatives promoting a sustainable blue economy. This call aims to support innovative cooperation projects, bringing together the blue economy industry and relevant marine and maritime educational/academic institutions and/or vocational training providers at all levels. The call has 80% co-funding rate.

Join the info day on 24 November: https://cinea.ec.europa.eu/news-events/events/emfaf-2022-info-day-2022-11-24_en 

Deadline: 31 January 2023, 17:00 (CET)

Since the establishment of the Green Entrepreneurship Global Foundation , it has been committed to supporting the development of the world’s environmental protection industry by sponsoring environmental entrepreneurship projects.In order to promote sustainable solutions to world environmental problems.  Faced with increasingly serious environmental pollution problems and a shortage of natural resources, the Green Entrepreneurship Global Foundation, committed to provide more opportunities to youth entrepreneurship who care and love the environment,and take concrete actions to promote the orderly development of the world.

Applications are invited for the 2022 Garden Club of America Coastal Wetland Studies scholarship.  The award is a one-year scholarship for graduate studies in coastal wetlands and carries a stipend of $5,000 to support field-based research. 

Application opens 1 November 2022.
Deadline is 15 January 2023.

This announcement invites proposals that request funding from researcher, resource manager, and stakeholder partnerships to execute a previously planned, collaborative research project, develop its findings and products, transfer them to an identified resource manager or management body, and apply them to a specific Gulf of Mexico natural resource management decision. Funding is contingent upon the availability of funds in the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund. It is anticipated that final recommendatios for funding under this Announcement will be made in June 2023, and that projects funded under this Announcement will have an 1 October 2023 start date.

A letter of intent (LOI) is required by 16 August 2022.  Full proposal is due 15 November 2022.

The NOAA Office of Education is pleased to announce the Environmental Literacy Program (ELP) fiscal year 2022 funding opportunity. This grant competition is designed to fund projects that develop collective environmental literacy to enhance community resilience to climate change. There is a particular emphasis on supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and climate justice in all aspects of each project.

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