2020 Grant Competition

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Applications for grants from the regional branches of the Russian Geographical Society for 2020 are accepted from September 16 to October 23, 2019. Applications for initiative grants for 2020 are accepted from September 16 to November 1, 2019.

The deadlines for media grants applications will be announced later.

Any person or organization can apply for a grant. Applications are accepted only through a unified electronic system on the website grant.rgo.ru. It can be used by the registered users.

The results of the grant competition will be published on the website of the RGS in May of 2020. Follow the news on the RGS website!

Grant Categories

  • Initiative grants are aimed at supporting projects initiated by the President of the Society, members of the Board of Trustees and the Governing Council, as well as boards and committees of the Society.
  • Grants from the regional branches are aimed at supporting projects submitted by the regional branches of the Society.
  • Media grants are aimed at media support of regional, target, and initiative RGS projects, as well as projects in the field of popularization of geographical knowledge and activities of the Society (independent media grants).

Nominations

Initiative grants:

- Conducting geographical research

- Organization of expeditions and travels

- Ecogeographic education

- Publishing

- Preservation of the natural, historical and cultural heritage of Russia, including through UNESCO programs*

- Conservation of rare species of animals

- Youth projects of the Russian Geographical Society

- Underwater research

- Work with the Russian Geographical Society funds

- Popularization of geography

Grants from regional branches:

- Conducting geographical research

- Organization of expeditions and travels

- Ecogeographic education, including school geography

- Publishing

- Preservation of the natural, historical and cultural heritage of Russia, including through UNESCO programs*

- Conservation of wildlife

- Youth projects

Media Grants:

- Media support of the regional, target and initiative RGS projects

- Independent media grants

 

Grants from regional branches are subject to preliminary expert review by regional experts.

The Media Council considers grant applications for media support of regional, target, and initiative RGS projects, and applications for independent media grants.

Grant funding limits for regional branches and media grants

Nominations

Amount of funding for one grant (RUB)

Geographic research

1 800 000

Organizing expeditions and trips

2 500 000

Eco-geographic education, including

"School geography"

700 000

Publishing

700 000

Preservation of the natural and historical and cultural heritage of Russia

700 000

Preserving wildlife

700 000

Youth projects

700 000

Media Grants:

- media support for the Russian Geographical Society’s projects;

- independent grants

 

1 800 000

1 800 000

The main criteria of the grant competition

  • Openness to accept applications, and equal access to grants.
  • Transparency of the application process.
  • Prospects for further implementation of the project after the completion of grant financing.
  • The grant is funded for a period of 1 year.
  • The name and content of the grant should not match with the name and content of any planned research work carried out in the organization and financed from the federal budget.
  • The amount of expenses for the full-time employee salary should not exceed 65% of the grant amount in the nomination "Conducting geographical research" and 50% for all other nominations (including all taxes and fees).

Grant Evaluation Criteria (in Russian)

Expenses that are not funded in the implementation of grants (in Russian)

Technical requirements for visual works created by media project grant recipients (in Russian)

* World Heritage sites are unique natural or human-made landmarks or areas that must be preserved and protected because of their special cultural, historical or environmental significance. As part of the grant competition, applications are accepted for work on existing and potential UNESCO sites in the Russian Federation. Also being considered are applications for the implementation of educational projects to raise public awareness of the importance of the geological heritage of Russia, as well as implementation of projects initiating the creation of geoparks in Russia as a part of The International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme.