Freshwater research takes a closer look at inland aquatic ecosystems such as rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and wetlands, and includes the management, health, and conservation of organisms that live in these environments.

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Submission Deadline

Oct 10, 2016

About This Grant

From the chemistry and geological processes at work, to the biology and ecology of the plants, animals, or bacteria that use the water systems, freshwater science is at the intersection of many different disciplines and has a huge impact on the general public.

We will be launching a new grant challenge to feature projects working on freshwater ecosystems. These campaigns will launch their fundraising efforts in late October. The projects with the most backers will receive extra funding towards their campaigns. If you are working in freshwater science, please submit a project idea below by October 10th to join the challenge!

Once you submit, our team will review your proposal and get back in touch to help you prepare for publishing your project page in the weeks leading up to launch day.

Some past examples of successfully funded projects in freshwater research:

How Much Carbon is Being Sequestered in Deep Reservoir Sediments?

Understanding Vernal Pool Hydrology and Animal Use

An environmental DNA (eDNA) approach to discovering life in NYC Ponds

Discovering Maine's Own Freshwater Snail

Freshwater Biodiversity Crisis: Is Restoration the Key?

How It Works

Challenge grants are prizes to supplement existing crowdfunding campaigns. We will accept proposals for campaigns related to freshwater science, and all the campaigns will launch together on October 25th, 2016. Partway through the campaigns, the project with the highest number of backers will receive an additional $500. There are two runners-up prizes of $200 each.

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