Proposal Submission

The IGCP financially supports about 30 projects per year which are assessed by a peer-review process and have a lifetime of five years. Annual funding levels range between 5,000 and 10,000 USD to be used exclusively for meetings or workshops. Additional resources are usually needed to ensure realisation of the projects’ research goals, and scientists are strongly encouraged to raise such funds.Projects must focus, inter alia, on high-quality science, be of international importance and societal relevance, show interdisciplinary cooperation, and constitute international participation, including scientists from developing countries.Project proposals may be submitted by individuals or groups to the IGCP Secretariat accompanied by a letter of endorsement (if possible) from one of the project leader’s National IGCP Committees. Project leaders are strongly advised to inform the UNESCO National Commission representatives and UNESCO Permanent Delegation of their home country.

Deadline for project proposals: 15 October 2019

The IGCP Council, during the 4th Council session in February 2019, agreed the new vision and special topics which will be prioritized during the IGCP 2019 Project proposal call.

At the Council session in February 2019, the IGCP Council adopted a new vision and special topics for prioritization in the IGCP 2019 call for project proposals.


  • Efficient, safe and sustainable earth resources exploration and extraction,
  • Innovative renewable energy production and CO2 mitigation,
  • Better understand and predict climate change and geohazards.

The call will emphasize women and young and early career scientists who are especially encouraged to apply.

IGCP 2019 Special Topics:

  • Mining geosciences and sustainability
  • Efficient and sustainable extractive industry technologies and stimulation methods
  • Geology for the Sustainable and Safe Scale-up of Renewable Energy Production
  • Big data, Cloud Computing and Artificial Intelligence in Geosciences
  • Geohazards nearby metropolitan areas
  • Global warming CO2 emission mitigation using new methods (such as Carbon Storage and Sequestration)
  • Sustainable small and volcanic islands: water, energy, resource management
  • Geoheritage for sustainable development
  • Geoscience and the Anthropocene

Proposals will be ranked, with the top project receiving a Council award and special funding.

The project(s) will be sponsored for five years jointly by UNESCO, the International Union of Geological Sciences; the Jeju Province Development Corporation of the Republic of Korea and the UNESCO National Commission for the People’s Republic of China.

What to do next…

If you are a scientist wishing to submit a research proposal of relevance to one of the aforementioned topics, please contact:

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