Network Innovation Grants - Recent Recipients

Following is a selection of recent Switzer Network Innovation grants.  These grants are awarded to organizations working with two or more Fellows taking a leadership role in advancing progress on a critical environmental issue, whether it is convening a group of experts to address a policy or technical challenge, undertaking policy-relevant research that will be moved to action quickly, or designing or launching a pilot project with broad policy or management implications.

40,000 awarded to World Resources Institute in 2012
This Collaborative Initiatives Fund project is led by Todd Gartner of World Resources Institute in Washington, DC, and Josh Donlan of Advanced Conservation Strategies in Midway, Utah. They are working on an innovative approach to endangered species conservation which they hope will inform national...Read more >
$5,000 for 12 months awarded to in 2009
Drs. Nithya Ramanathan and Scott Fruin worked under this Collaborative Initiatives Fund grant to develop cell phone technology that can accurately capture and measure noise levels. This collaboration addressed the problem of environmental noise as an underappreciated hazard. Environmental noise has...Read more >
$40,000 for 12 months awarded to in 2008
Switzer Fellows Dr. Kate Smith, Assistant Professor at Brown University and Senior Research Scientist at the Consortium for Conservation Medicine, and Dr. Myra Finkelstein, Research Associate at UC Santa Cruz in Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology, received funding under the Collaborative...Read more >
$5,000.00 for 12 months awarded to in 2009
This was a seed grant under the Collaborative Initiatives Fund to support Jennifer Osha (2000 Fellow), representing the West Virginia-based advocacy organization, Aurora Lights , and Evan Hansen (1996 Fellow), President of Downstream Strategies . Jen and Evan collaborated on producing portions of a...Read more >
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Spotlight on Leadership

Maria Fernández-Giménez: Mongolian research leads to country's highest honor
Switzer Fellow and Colorado State University Professor Maria Fernández-Giménez has received the Order of the Polar Star from the government of Mongolia, the highest civilian honor the country presents to foreign nationals. Fernández-Giménez was selected due to her long-standing commitment to researching Mongolia’s extensive rangelands and how natural and human communities are adapting to ecological and economic change.Read more >

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