Supporting the humanitarian applications of geoscience around the world.

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Geoscientists have the tools necessary to effect positive change in communities coping with environmental hardships and natural hazards. Many places around the globe facing severe water shortages, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other hazards have benefited from the humanitarian efforts of geoscientists who have offered their specialized knowledge and technical skills to those in need.


Geoscientists without Borders® serves as a catalyst bringing capable scientists together with communities to solve their problems. The program provides funding for these projects and assists geoscientists and their teams in collaborating with multidisciplinary and community-based partners. Data is collected, processed, and interpreted to provide resources that result in a sustainable humanitarian benefit to the community.


GWB Mission

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Support humanitarian application of geoscience knowledge and technology around the world.

Fund projects that benefit communities in need facing environmental hardship and natural hazards due to resource shortages, natural and human induced disasters.



  1. Provide funding to projects that will benefit communities in need, where applying geoscience and information is critical to improving poor conditions or where dangerous conditions and hazards can be mitigated or removed using applied geoscience technology.
  2. Strengthen the global geoscience community through beneficial multidisciplinary partnerships and cooperation with other organizations active in engineering and geoscience.
  3. Encourage students and introduce them to the broad range of geosciences careers while also strengthening university programs in geophysics and the geosciences.

Based on proposals that have been awarded GWB funding in recent years and the issues that have led to acceptance of these proposals, we have prepared a guide listing the attributes that characterize the “ideal” GWB project.


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Geoscientists without Borders® is not affiliated with Doctors Without Borders, which is a registered trademark of Bureau International de Médecins Sans Frontières.

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