2014 Grant Competition
The fourth Grant competition of the Russian Geographical Society in 2014 started on October 1, 2013.
We considered the applications corresponding to the following areas of the Society’s work:
- Environmental geographic education;
- Theoretical and practical research;
- Organization of expeditions and travels;
- Wildlife preservation;
- Preservation of historical and cultural heritage of Russia;
- Publishing work;
- Popularization of geographical knowledge (media projects).
Application submission was online at grant.rgo.ru from 1 to 31 October, 2013.
Applications for media projects were received from October 10 to November 10, 2013.
Examination of applications carried out by regional departments and the Expert Council of the Society lasted until December 30, 2013 Decisions of the Expert Council were sent to the Governor and the Board of Trustees of the Society for further approval.
The winners of the open competition will be entered into grant agreements of the Society.
The Society reserves the right not to comment on submitted grant applications and not to give oral or written explanation of the reasons for decisions taken during the open competition.
Main criterias for the grant competition:
- Openness to receiving applications and the fairness of grants;
- Transparency of the consideration of application process;
- Support of projects on the principles of co-financing;
- Prospects for projects after termination of financial aid.
Financing of a grant project is carried out for a period of 1 year, with possible extension in the future (no more than for 2 years on the results of the examination);
The name and the content of a grant project must not coinside with the name and the content of any of the planned R & D carried out by the organization and financed from the federal budget.
The Society does not finance the following expenses:
- Organizational and financial maintenance of projects, with the exception of budget organizations, for which a deduction is up to 15%;
- Purchasing of land, construction or renovation of permanent field stations, organization and current maintanance of laboratories, libraries and other departments of budget or other organizations;
- Re-release of previously published scientific works, except for editions of classical works, followed by a new scientific commentary and finding aids;
- Expences related to the payment of royalties.
Criteria for evaluation of applications:
- Compliance with the nomination;
- Relevance and social significance of the project;
- The novelty of methodological decisions;
- Media attractiveness of the project;
- The quality of the project (clarity in expression of an idea, compliance of activities with goals and objectives, optimal implementation mechanisms, focus on practical and concrete result, applications should be detailed);
- Qualification of the executive (positive experience in implementtation of similar projects, qualification of managers and staff, participants’ publications on the topic, the age composition of the team, the presence of young participants, participation of foreign scientists);
- Credibility and validity of the budjet (the validity of costs in terms of volume of work and kind of activity, achievement of the expected results);
- Financial contribution of an applicant or attraction of additional sources of funding;
- Prospects for the project after the termination of funding (whether there is an opportunity for further use of the results without the support of the Society).
Conditions of Media projects - 2014 competition
Application submission for grants of the Russian Geographical Society in 2014 was online at grant.rgo.ru from October 10 to November 10, 2013.
Priority topics and areas of media projects in 2014 are:
Russia's unity in diversity: multi-ethnic, multi-confessional and cultural diversity.
The Arctic: life and crafts of native peoples of the North, environmental security, the current level of pollution and purification of the region, climate change scenarios, biodiversity, industrial development.
70th anniversary of Victory in the World War II.
Preservation, study and protection of rare species of animals: Amur tiger, Far-Eastern leopard, snow leopard, polar bear and beluga whale.
Projects aimed at promotion of the well-known Russian figures in the field of geography, science, culture and history.
Natural wealth: Baikal, Kamchatka, Elbrus, and others.
Man and natural disasters: floods, fires, etc..
Scientific and educational projects designed for a children's audience.
Preferred formats of implementation of media projects:
Documentaries, feature films and cartoons.
TV and radio programs.
Social advertising (while guaranteeing the show on TV).