Finding Funding In Difficult Times

There are still a number of grants and funding opportunities listed online for researchers, students, and communities to conduct research on health concerns through mapping.

Browse www.grants.gov to find all federal funding opportunities. You can register your organization and sign up to receive a newsletter. Below are several programs that provide funding for innovative research.

1. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Awards Programme

By celebrating the achievements of inventors, creators and innovative companies around the world, the WIPO Awards Program aims to help foster a culture in which innovation and creativity are encouraged at every level of society. The awards include: (i) WIPO Award for Inventors; (ii) WIPO Award for Creativity; (iii) WIPO Award for Innovative Enterprises; and (iv) Women Inventors. More information on WIPO Awards Programme is found here.

2. Geo Challenge Grants

The program offers grants valued between 5,000 USD and 100,000 USD, either directly from Google.org, or through grant recommendations from the Google.org Fund of Tides Foundation. These grants are issued through an open application process. Smaller mapping applications requiring only static data might receive US$5,000 in funding, while development of tools that enable many organizations to create maps might receive US$100,000. The program is partnered with Google Earth Outreach to help evaluate proposals from a technical standpoint and to help us ensure the grants are successful. More information on Geo Challenge Grants is found here.

3. Small Grants Program – Anthropology & Environment Section

The goal of the Anthropology & Environment Section’s Small Grants Program is to foster collaboration among practicing and academic anthropologists, grassroots activists, and/or organizations and inspire innovative solutions to environmental issues.  More info on the SGP is found here .

4. ESRI grant for GIS (Geographic Information Systems) products 

Any non-profit or non-government organization working for social justice, environment, indigenous rights or public benefit in any nation, or any individual volunteering for these types of groups, may apply for a grant. There are no grant cycles or deadlines, you can apply any time. A “basic” request is limited to Single-user versions of Arcview software (up to 3 copies), Extensions, online and live training, books, GIS Data and ESRI conference passes. Further information can be found here.

5. Do Something Grants

The Do Something grants include the “Do Something Seed Grants”, focused on sustainable community action projects, programmes, or organisations created by young people. The seed grants fund supports starting a community action project or programme to put ideas into action. Activists age 25 and under who are a United States or Canadian citizens may apply for a US$ 500 grant.For more info click here.

6. Royal Geographic Society Grants

The Society provides funding for geographical research, fieldwork and teaching. The grants are wide-ranging and offer support to desk and field-based researchers, research teams and school teachers. Grants are for work in both the UK and overseas and range in value from £350 to £15,000. For more on their grant program, click here. To access their comprehensive list of grant opportunities, click here.

7. ESRI Conservation Program (ECP): conservation geography, activism and multicultural social change

The Environmental Systems Research Institute provides many resources and avenues for non-profit organizations interested in developing GIS capacity but who lack the funds to pay retail costs. The ESRI Conservation Program (ECP) was ESRI’s first non-profit grant program and is it’s largest and broadest, reaching well beyond conservation groups to support all types of non-profits. ECP has helped to create and develop spatial analysis, computer mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) capability among thousands of non-profit organizations and individual projects of all sizes and types worldwide. For more info click here.

8. No-profit supply of computers to Developing Countries

Computer Aid International has already shipped over 50,000 PCs to more than 90 developing countries. Of those 50,000 shipped over 35,000 have gone to educational institutions and the remaining to community organisations working in fields as diverse as HIV/Aids, environment, human rights, and primary healthcare. Computer Aid International aims to: (i)  Increase the number of refurbished computers being re-used overseas; (ii) increase the number of UK organisations donating their used IT equipment for re-use overseas; (iii) identify and work with those organisations in recipient countries able to derive maximum value from refurbished computers; (iv) provide training and work experience in computer repair to people from socially excluded communities. More info on the facility are found here.

9. The World Summit Award (WSA)

WSA was started in 2003 in the framework of the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) as a contribution of the Austrian Government to the global effort to bridge the digital divide and close the content gap. WSA activities include national contests and selections of best practice, a global contest held every 2 years and content-focused national and international conferences with exhibitions — the WSA Road Show.WSA works to strengthen entrepreneurship within content industries and to bring about economic and cultural development through the creative use of ICTs. It supports the UN Millennium Development Goals of ending poverty, hunger and disease, saving the environment and giving a fair share to women. More information on the initiative is found here.

10. UNDP GFO Small Grants Programmes – India

Small Grants Programme (SGP), funded by the United Nation Development Program (UNDP), Global Environment Facility (GEF), seeks to support initiatives, which demonstrate community-based innovative, gender sensitive, participatory approaches and lessons learned from other development projects that lead to reduce threats to the local and global environment.For more information, click here.

The above grants were found at IPAD website. More are listed. Also ESRI lists funding opportunities as well. Their sites give tips for applying for grants and a list of research federal grant opportunities by department.

Source: ESRI; IPAD

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com

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