Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP)
Upcoming 2022 Request for Proposals to fund expert teams to deliver rapid solutions to the most critical challenges facing humans and our planet.

We are pleased to announce that the 2022 SNAPP Request for Proposals is now open! Please visit our online portal at https://awards.snappartnership.net/ for details on the opportunity and to apply. The deadline to apply is 15 December 2022 at 11:59 pm HST.

Have an idea and want to know if it is SNAPP-able? You and your colleagues are welcome to share a brief (less than one page) concept note through snapp@snappartnership.net for suggestions on what could strengthen the proposals alignment with SNAPP’s vision and what we can fund. Please allow two weeks for feedback.

Overview and Criteria

SNAPP, a first-of-its-kind scientific joint venture between The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), is a tool for developing sustainable solutions to global conservation challenges. Since inception, SNAPP, through its working groups, has provided science and user-friendly tools backed by hard data to identify and quantify nature’s role and value in preventing and solving some of the most complex challenges the world faces around food and water security, climate change, and energy.

Each year, SNAPP provides up to US $1 million total across 4-6 approved working groups, led by academic, governmental agency, multilateral, or nonprofit institutions. SNAPP funds teams of 12-15 people from diverse organizations to gather for 3-4 collaborative sessions over the course of 12-24 months. Between sessions, members collaborate remotely; work with long-term implementation partners; identify emerging opportunities for tangible, lasting change; develop and test tools and products; and publish research.

SNAPP proposals are evaluated on the following criteria

Mission Relevance: The question(s) that the proposal will address is clearly at the intersection of sustainable economic development, human well-being and nature conservation.

Urgency: It is clear why this question(s) is critically important right now, and how the work will add value both to current state of knowledge and other work currently underway in this area.

Interdisciplinary Science: The proposed methods are inclusive of both biophysical and socioeconomic sciences, and datasets or sources of information the applicant anticipates using for this project are comprehensive and appropriate.

Short-term Outcomes: The proposal presents SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) objectives that articulate the project’s expected outcomes through the funding period.

Long-term Outcomes: The plan for ongoing implementation of the work after the SNAPP working group concludes is well-articulated. Implementation partners (e.g., TNC, WCS, and/or other conservation and sustainable development/humanitarian organizations) are clearly committed to working toward longer-term outcomes based on the project’s outputs and outcomes.

Diversity: The group composition includes confirmed members representing diversity in sectors and disciplines. This is a collaborative effort with no one or two organizations dominating. Group demographics and experiences are varied and inclusive of the Global South and other groups less dominant in academic literature.

Efficiency: The proposal presents a well-justified argument for cost-effective use of SNAPP funding.

Unique Contribution: Describes how this work may build on a previous SNAPP working group(s) or occupies a niche that has not yet been explored by a SNAPP working group.