The Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Draper Natural History Museum announces a Call for Proposals for the 2019 Camp Monaco Prize. A joint project of the Draper Museum and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the $100,000 award seeks to stimulate scientific exploration and public education that expands the knowledge and understanding of biological diversity in Greater Yellowstone. The deadline for proposal submissions is no later than April 15, 2019.
Through the prize, the partner organizations—both dedicated to the conservation of native biodiversity—seek to foster concrete actions to safeguard biodiversity in conjunction with continued social and economic development. The successful project must be conducted in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and should reach for global implications.
The Camp Monaco Prize is named for a hunting camp that Prince Albert I of Monaco and William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody established near Yellowstone Park in September 1913. Awarded on a triennial basis, the inaugural prize was announced in 2013 on the 100th anniversary of that trip; the second was awarded in 2016. The 2019 Camp Monaco Prize winner will be announced by June 1.
As Jury Chair Dr. Charles R. Preston notes in the Call for Proposals, “We are interested in proposals with a trans-boundary approach, recognizing that effective biodiversity conservation crosses geo-political/jurisdictional, academic disciplinary, and economic and social boundaries.” Preston is the Founding Curator of the Draper Natural History Museum, and soon transitions from his current position of Willis McDonald IV Senior Curator of Natural Science to Senior Curator Emeritus and Senior Scientist at the Center of the West.
View the full Call for Proposals, with details on selection criteria and submission guidelines, at centerofthewest.org/CampMonacoPrize-call. Submit proposals via e-mail to [email protected] no later than April 15, 2019. Questions in advance of submission may be directed to [email protected].
The jury created to review proposals is made up of a highly distinguished, international assembly of scientists, scholars, public officials, and public outreach professionals. While the winning proposal will be announced by June 1, 2019, the prize will be awarded at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, in the presence of officials representing the partner organizations, in September 2019.
For more information on the Camp Monaco Prize, visit centerofthewest.org/CampMonacoPrize-call.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For more information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s pages on Facebook and Twitter.
- Dr. Charles R. Preston, Camp Monaco Prize Jury Chair; Willis McDonald IV Senior Curator of Natural Science; Founding Curator, Draper Natural History Museum, [email protected] or 307-587-3223
- Lynn Rodgers, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, [email protected] or 307-578-4045
- Nancy McClure, Electronic Communications Manager, Public Relations, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, [email protected] or 307-578-4102
CAMP MONACO PRIZE PARTNERS:
- Draper Natural History Museum is a division of the world-renowned Buffalo Bill Center of the West complex, in Cody, Wyoming. Opened in 2002 as the first major natural history museum established in and for the 21st century, the Draper Museum strives to “…foster sound environmental stewardship by increasing understanding and appreciation for the relationships binding nature and people in Greater Yellowstone and the American West.” We pursue this goal through an interconnected suite of activities including scientific research, collections development, public outreach, and more than 40,000 square-feet of highly immersive exhibits on the ecology of Greater Yellowstone.
- The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation was established in 2006 by His Serene Highness Prince Albert to continue the Principality’s legacy of environmental stewardship and its commitment to conserve the world’s natural environment. The Foundation supports sustainable and ethical projects especially in the Mediterranean Basin, the Polar regions and the world’s least developed countries. Its focus is on three main challenges: climate change; combating the loss of biodiversity; and water management. It has opened chapters in France, Switzerland, the UK, Italy and Germany, Canada, Singapore, and the USA. Since its inception, 340+ projects have benefited from Foundation grants totaling more than $33 million USD.