Beringia, A Shared Heritage

The Shared Beringian Heritage Program recognizes and celebrates the unique natural resources and rich cultural heritage shared by Russia and the United States across the landscapes and seascapes known as Beringia. The program resulted from a commitment by Presidents George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991 to expand cooperation in the field of environmental protection and the study of global change. Projects, research, and staff of the program aim to improve local, national, and international understanding of these shared resources and values and to sustain the cultural vitality of Native peoples in the region. 

Now accepting proposals for FY2022 funding opportunities

The Shared Beringian Heritage Program (SBHP) is accepting proposals for FY2022. The overall purpose of the SBHP is to advance local, national, international understanding and preservation of the region’s resources and to sustain the cultural vitality of its indigenous people. The Shared Beringian Heritage Program’s  goals are to:

  • Improve conservation, sustainability, and knowledge of the region’s natural and cultural resources;
  • Preserve subsistence opportunities and other historic traditions and practices;
  • Interpret and communicate about the region’s unique and internationally significant resources and values;
  • Provide opportunities for cultural connections and knowledge exchange.

To meet its goals, the SBHP funds projects that connect people and activities in the Beringia region. Proposed projects may be research-focused, community-based, educational, cultural, or conservational. Every project must demonstrate how it fulfills the goals of the SBHP. Recent projects have focused on marine mammals, sea-ice patterns, reindeer herding, archaeology, documentation of local traditions, language preservation, climate change, and cultural exchange. For examples of recently funded projects please see “New Projects” page of the SBHP website New Projects (2018-2023) - Beringia (U.S. National Park Service) ( All proposals must be submitted by a U.S. based organization, address one or more goals of the SBHP and include a meaningful Russian component, which may be achieved by activities including:

  • Involving a Russian specialist or partner as a project collaborator;

  • Conducting a portion of the project in Russia;

  • Fostering cultural, scientific, educational, or familial exchanges between Russia and the United States related to the Beringia area;

  • Compiling, translating (either Russian-to-English or English-to-Russian), and disseminating research results and other materials that could be beneficial to others

In FY2022, the SBHP will consider two different types of proposals for funding: Standard Proposals, which address one or more SBHP goals with a duration from one to three years. Cultural Exchange Proposals address local community-based activities, cultural connections, and other short-term needs to support ongoing knowledge exchange among the people of the Beringia. For a detailed description of the FY 2022 application criteria and process see Notice of Funding Opportunity P21AS00337. Applications must be submitted electronically no later than 05:00 PM, AKT on April 11, 2021.  Please contact SBHP Outreach Coordinator Evguenia Anichtchenko ( if you have any questions, want to discuss your ideas, or require assistance with finding international partners. We are looking forward to the next round of proposals!

Kids participate in spotting birds along the rocky coast.

New Projects (2018-2023)

Learn about our new projects.

Last updated: April 1, 2021