biology, ecology, chemistry, medicine, social science

Reptile and amphibian species span the globe, and play critical roles in their environments, as they are acutely sensitive to any changes and have adapted in a huge variety of ways.

The Projects

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Conservation Efforts to Protect Endangered Turtles of Sulawesi

Sulawesi, Indonesia, is home to many species found nowhere else on Earth. Although rich in biodiversity...

Do turtles have enough variation in adaptive genes to keep pace with climate change?

Climate change is expected to have impacts on biodiversity worldwide. Many species will be faced with a...

Where should I go? Habitat preference of a Mediterranean gecko

How does a gecko choose its home? The Mediterranean Kotschyi's gecko resides under rocks in much of its...

An Adaptive Radiation Under Our Feet? Examining Diversification Patterns in New World Leaf-litter Geckos

Adaptive radiations occur when an evolutionary lineage diversifies and adapts to use a previously unoccupied...

More About This Challenge

The sciency details

Challenge Amount:
Submission Deadline:
Aug 30, 2016
Campaign Launch:
Sep 14, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

How do challenge grants work?

Challenge grants are sponsored prizes. We will accept proposals for campaigns related to herpetology, and all the campaigns will launch together on September 14, 2016. The project that ends with the highest number of backers will receive an additional $1,000. There are two runners-up prizes of $250 each.

When will the grant be awarded?

On October 14th at 5PM PT, the prizes will be awarded according to the posted schedule.

Can I still submit a project?

We are no longer accepting projects for this grant, however we will be launching many more challenge grant opportunities. Sign up for our mailing list for up-to-date community news.

Please Note:

If we see suspicious acitivity of researchers or backers potentially cheating during the challenge, the project will be completely disqualified from winning the grant.

Challenge Aims

From medicinal developments from the toxins or venoms found in their bodies, to serving as a central link food chains, to helping us understand conservation needs and the effects of climate change on fragile ecosystems, the impact of reptiles and amphibians on the world is undeniable.

Experiment is launching a new herpetology grant challenge to support research studying or working with any amphibians or reptiles. We hope to highlight the diversity of projects in herpetology, including topics of sequencing and genetics, morphological development, conservation and ecosystem health, adaptations and evolution, medical applications, biological control, and more.

The challenge is not limited to those topics, and we welcome any interdisciplinary projects. Please get in touch with our team if you'd like to talk about your project idea. We are accepting approximately 15 projects to launch their Experiment crowdfunding campaigns later in September. The projects with the highest number of backers will receive extra awards on top of their raised funds.

Project Eligilibity

Any project working on or with some aspect of an amphibian or reptile is invited to apply. Field work may take place anywhere in the world, but researchers must be based out of institutions or organizations in the US, UK, Australia, or Canada, or else receive permission from us to submit.

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