External Opportunities

A continuously updated list of external research funding and green job opportunities geared towards students, faculty, and other members of the Earth Commons network.

Last updated April 10th, 2024

Research Funding

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) encourages the science and engineering communities to develop forward-thinking research that will demonstrably aid in the Nation’s goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and developing approaches for adapting to the change that is already occurring. CAS: Innovative Solutions to Climate Change is a call to action that encourages the submission of certain types of proposals to appropriate existing NSF core programs to lay the foundation for disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and to answer fundamental questions related to novel approaches and solutions to climate change.

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The U.S. National Science Foundation’s Partnership to Advance Conservation Science and Practice Program (PACSP) focuses on conservation goal-related research that will directly translate to on-the-ground biodiversity conservation efforts. They seek proposals that involve the implementation of conservation activities based on conservation science principles via academic-conservation organization partnerships. Proposal submissions are due April 24th.

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The Burroughs Wellcome Fund aims to stimulate the growth of new connections between thinkers working in largely disconnected fields who might together change the course of climate change’s impact on human health. In the three years between Fall 2023 and Summer 2026, they will dedicate $1M to supporting small, early-stage grants of $2,500–$50,000 toward achieving this goal. Proposal submissions are due April 25th.

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The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to build research capacity and infrastructure to address complex and compounding national and global crises whose solutions require a human-centered approach. To help generate effective and long-lasting solutions, NSF is providing this funding opportunity to inform possible future Centers for Research and Innovation in Science, the Environment and Society (CRISES).

The envisioned centers will catalyze new research and research-based innovations to address seemingly intractable problems that confront society. Research is needed to anticipate how to effectively respond to social, political, economic, and environmental change resulting from systemic disruptions to mitigate and minimize negative impacts on humanity. Concept outlines due May 1, 2024, full proposals due July 1st.

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The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) is a private, grant making institution with a national and international scope whose sole mission is to support solid waste research and education initiatives. They are seeking to fund research that reflects EREF’s long-term strategic plan to address all areas of integrated solid waste management, with a strong focus on research that increases sustainable solid waste management practices. The deadlines for pre-proposals are May 1st and December 1st.

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Supports multi-organizational teams to collaboratively produce convergent research, education and outreach that addresses grand challenges in sustainable regional systems. Proposals are due May 15th 2024

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The Confronting Hazards, Impacts and Risks for a Resilient Planet Program (CHIRRP) invites projects focusing on innovative and transformative research that advances Earth system hazard knowledge and risk mitigation in partnership with affected communities. CHIRRP projects are expected to advance understanding, forecasting and/or prediction of future Earth system hazards and risks, engage communities in development of research questions and approaches, and produce actionable, science-based solution pathways for adaptation methodologies, products, and services. The deadline is June 6, 2024, and concept outlines must be submitted 30 days in advance of a full proposal.

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The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply. Due July 24th.

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The U.S. National Science Foundation’s Biodiversity on a Changing Planet Program (BoCP) invites submissions of interdisciplinary proposals addressing grand challenges in biodiversity science within the context of unprecedented environmental change, including climate change. Projects must integrate cellular, organismal, ecological, evolutionary, geological or paleontological approaches. Proposal submissions are due September 5th.

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Events & Programs

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (new window) and the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR) (new window) are offering a free online course in  ’Nature-based Solutions for Disaster and Climate Resilience’. Students will join a learning community of 75,000+ course participants from 192+ countries. The course is self-paced, and participants will receive a UN Environment Programme course certificate upon course completion. The course is available until August 2024.

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The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program wants you to show the world the future of space technology. The NIAC Program is looking for posters that help people better understand the visionary aerospace concepts that might be used in future NASA missions. If you can create an engaging poster that depicts one or more of the innovative concepts in action, you might win a portion of the $3,000 prize. All entries are due April 15th.

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This New York Foundation for the Arts program will provide up to $20,000 to support projects on environmental issues led by women-identifying artists in the United States and U.S. Territories. Apply by April 16th.

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In a world marked by war, climate crisis, social unrest, and cultural and religious conflict, we need to find new approaches to the diverse and complex challenges before us. April 22nd-26th, Georgetown is hosting leading intellectuals from the Global South to engage in forward-looking conversations with U.S.-based thinkers across a range of topics.

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The IBM Sustainability Accelerator supports communities vulnerable to environmental challenges by taking on a new sustainability topic and cohort of organizations each year. In support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable, this year’s cohort will aim to find ways to foster urban resiliency in the long-term. Proposals must be submitted via the IBM Proposal Submission Portal by April 30, 2024

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Green Jobs

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The following are jobs and internships shared with our institute. For a more complete listing of internships and post-graduate opportunities, please visit Handshake. (new window)

Green Internships

Climate Defiance is hiring paid campus fellows to organize against fossil fuel extraction. They are a new, youth-led group focused on using peaceful, direct action to call on Biden to stop fossil fuel leasing on federal lands. This fellowship begins immediately and involves 10 hours per week of work. The hours are flexible, and pay is $17 an hour. Apply >>

The ORISE Research Participation Programs at the EPA are educational and training programs designed to provide college students, recent graduates, and university faculty opportunities to participate in project-specific EPA research and developmental activities. Discover open opportunities here

FoodPrints Classroom Assistant (Spring 2024): FRESHFARM is looking for interns to assist with the FoodPrints program. Interns will work directly with the school’s Lead FoodPrints teacher(s) for preschool through 5th-grade classes at one or more public elementary schools in Washington, DC during the 2024 Spring Semester. Find more information here.

Appalachian Conservation Corps is hiring for over 20 internships at National Parks and Battlefields in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. These positions include work on plant and resource management, science communication, and preservation roles. Find more info here.

Maryland Sea Grant’s Science Management and Policy Internship: This one to two-year internship will offer experience working with an environmental-focused university organization dedicated to research, education, and outreach. This position will provide fundamental training for fresh graduates to transition to graduate school or the private, non-profit, or governmental sectors. Apply by April 26th. Find more info here.

Nature Camp Counselors for Potomac Overlook Regional Park’s Camp Overlook: Camp Overlook is a highly successful and immersive summer camp that gets kids out into a 68-acre park. Camp counselors help prepare innovative and nature-filled lesson plans for campers and also get to work with the animals housed at the nature center. Find more info here.

DOE Office of Science internships: Applications are currently open for 2 undergraduate internship programs: the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program and the Community College Internships (CCI) program. Interns work directly with national laboratory scientists and engineers on research or technology projects that support the DOE mission. The application deadline is May 22, 2024. Find more info here.

Maryland Sea Grant’s Community Engaged Internship Program: This program seeks to broaden participation in marine and coastal professions by providing training and mentorship to the next generation of scientists, decision-makers, and community members. The program will do so by recruiting, retaining, and engaging diverse students in place-based research, extension, education, and/or communication that respects and integrates local ways of knowing. Apply by April 15th. Find more info here.

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