All pre-proposals must be hypothesis-driven, have quantifiable goals, measurable direct impacts, and an overarching research theme directly related to taking action to address extinction and loss of biodiversity. Because meeting these challenges requires a whole-ecosystem approach, there is a specific interest in contributions that incorporate keystone species to address biodiversity loss. For research that takes place in or near land managed by Indigenous communities, pre-proposals must incorporate Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), defined as a cumulative body of knowledge and beliefs, handed down through generations about the relationship of living beings (including humans) with one another and with their environment.
Pre-proposals that align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Global Biodiversity Framework that will improve human livelihoods and support scientists in emerging nations are strongly encouraged. Projects should take place in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America.
All proposed projects must: