Cosmonauts on the Mir space station study the effects of microgravity on miniature, self-contained biospheres. In Mexico, a caving expedition studies human performance in extreme environments to improve astronaut selection. In the Sudan remote sensing from satellites is used to study savannah flood plains to improve the productivity of rice crops, and in Antarctica researchers study microorganisms in ice and snow to try and understand possible habitats for life in cold extraterrestrial environments.
This is a sampling of the exploration and scientific work the Twenty-one Eleven Foundation has funded. Since its establishment in 1994, the Foundation has helped support over 40 projects around the world. These projects have helped to further our exploration of space while preserving the Earth.
The Foundation offers five to ten grants each year to expeditions that further the vision of "the Earth as an oasis in space cared for by a space-faring civilization".
As well as the annual grants the Foundation is establishing a series of separately administered awards. They are listed below. They are administered to expeditions based on applications for the standard annual grants.
Categories of Expeditions Supported
Typical areas that are of interest include, but are not limited to:
Environmental projects using technologies resulting from space exploration. Includes satellite communications, GPS, remote sensing, advanced materials and power sources.
Use of data from extraterrestrial expeditions to help further our understanding of the Earth’s environments and the biosphere. Includes samples and data returned from missions in Earth orbit.
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, physiological and psychological studies in extreme environments.
Effects of the space environment and space exploration on the Earth. Includes expeditions studying impact craters, environmental surveys of launch complexes, approved meteorite collection expeditions.
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.
Astro- and exobiology related fieldwork. Includes field research that assists in the search for life off the Earth and the study of the survival of life in extreme environments.
Educational fieldtrips that improve public understanding of the links between environmental and space exploration.
Application Procedure for Annual Grants Program
Expeditions can apply by submitting a one page description of the project by mail or e-mail. If submitting by regular mail, please send 7 copies of the application.
The deadline for applications is MARCH 31st. There is one funding round per year.
Most expeditions are eligible. They include university expeditions and other expeditions from private or non-profit organisations and government expeditions. Typical grant amounts currently range from £200-£400 or $300-$550.
The description of the expedition should include :
- The location and duration of the project
- Other supporting institutions
- The relevance to the 2111 Foundation's objectives
- The proposed scientific objectives and methods of dissemination of this information
- List of team members and their qualifications.
Often an existing expedition prospectus contains the information required above, but applicants are asked to briefly explain how the expedition objectives meet the goals of the Foundation.