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Earthwatch Institute (Established 1971)
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Director: Edward Wilson
Phone: 800-776-0188   Fax: 978-461-2332   E-Mail:
3 Clock Tower Place, Suite 100, Maynard, Massachusetts 01754-0075 UNITED STATES
Affiliations: The Center For Field Research (CFR)

Mission: Earthwatch Institute is an international non-profit organization that supports scholarly field research worldwide in the biological, physical, social and cultural sciences. Earthwatch provides scientists with the funding and labor they need in the form of motivated, dedicated, paying volunteers. We give priority to research addressing four key priority areas; climate change sustainable resource management, sustainable communities and sustainable oceans. Our mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.

Principal Research Programs: Earthwatch supports both basic and applied field research in the physical, life and social sciences and humanities. To date, Earthwatch has supported over 3,000 research projects in 118 countries, with more than 79,000 volunteer field assistants contributing to over $57 million in research grants. In general Earthwatch considers work in any geographic region, however geopolitical climates and other safety concerns, evaluated on a yearly basis, may cause Earthwatch not to consider funding proposals for work in some geographical areas. We welcome proposals for field studies in any country from scientists of any nationality. The project must have scientific merit, and feasibly and constructively involve non-specialist Earthwatch volunteers in the research tasks.

Number of Staff: 70

Publications: "Earthwatch Expeditioner" e-newsletter 1/month "Earthwatch Off the Beaten Path" e-newsletter 1/month "Earthwatch Journal" 3 times/year (for members only) "Earthwatch Expedition Guide" 1-2 times/year

Comments: Earthwatch awards research grants on a per capita basis; per capita grants average $850 and the average project grant range is between 17,000 and 51,000 for one full season. A project usually involves 30 to 60 total volunteers per field season, with 5 to 12 volunteers each on 4 to 5 teams. Each team typically spends 8 to 15 days in the field. Earthwatch grants cover the cost of maintaining volunteers and principal research staff in the field. The grants may also assist with other project expenses, but cannot be used for PI salaries, capital equipment or overhead costs.

Last Updated: 2006-01-27

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