Earth and Space Exploration Awards

Information on Earth and Space Awards and how to apply for them

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Each year we offer small awards (‘Earth and Space Awards’) to fieldwork and other activities that seek to deepen the connections between environmentalism and space exploration, in other words to further the vision of “the Earth as an Oasis cared for by a Space-faring Civilization”. This page tells you how to apply for them.

Awards are on the order of £350 – £500 (£400-$600). We tend to focus our efforts on new initiatives that need pump priming or enterprises being launched by individuals or small groups, rather than well-established efforts. We also tend to focus on fieldwork, but not exclusively. Any type of activity that advances the link between environmentalism and space exploration is of interest. Below you can find details on how to apply for the awards.

Since its establishment in 1994, the Foundation has helped support over 80 projects around the world.

CATEGORIES OF WORK SUPPORTED

USING SPACE EXPLORATION TO MAINTAIN THE EARTH AS AN OASIS

Using space technologies and exploration to understand the Earth’s environment. The Foundation funds exploration using technologies resulting from space exploration.Includes the novel use of satellite communications, GPS, remote sensing, advanced materials and power sources for understanding our environment. This category also includes the use of data from extraterrestrial exploration to help further our understanding of the Earth’s environments and the biosphere. Includes samples and data returned from missions in Earth orbit and beyond.

USING THE EARTH TO CREATE A SPACE-FARING CIVILIZATION

Astrobiology related fieldwork or ‘analog’ field work. Includes field research in Earth’s extreme environments that assist in the search for life off the Earth and the study of the survival of life in extreme environments.

Field research applying the Earth’s environmental and biological resources toward the human exploration and settlement of space. Includes the use of extraterrestrial ‘analog’ environments on Earth to test space technologies and human physiological and psychological studies in extreme environments.

Astronomy at the interface between Earth and space exploration / astroarchaeology. Includes expeditions making astronomical observations from remote, difficult to access, Earth locations, archaeological field projects studying the development of early civilizations that made significant contributions to astronomy and space sciences, field expeditions studying the way in which views of the astronomical environment shaped the nature of past civilizations.

FOSTERING APPRECIATION OF THE LINKS BETWEEN ENVIRONMENTALISM AND SPACE EXPLORATION

Educational fieldtrips and projects. The Foundation will support projects that improve public understanding of the links between environmentalism and space exploration.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR APPLYING FOR ‘EARTH AND SPACE AWARDS’

To save time, please follow the simple instructions below:

Expeditions can apply by submitting a one page description of the project to: info [at] earthandspace [dot] org. The Foundation requests all submissions electronically. The application should NOT exceed one side of A4/letter and can be submitted as a Word or PDF document.

The deadline for applications is October 30th. There is one funding round per year. 

Please ensure that the following is included in the one page application submitted:

  • - The relevance to the Foundation’s objectives
  • - The location and duration of the project
  • - Other supporting institutions
  • - The proposed scientific/education objectives and methods of dissemination of this information
  • - A brief list of team members and their qualifications
  • - The account name to which the cheque should be made payable if the application is successful
  • - A full mailing address and email address