GBIF invites the submission of concept notes for project funding from sub-Saharan Africa through Biodiversity Information for Development (BID), a programme funded by the European Union. The deadline for submissions is 9 April 2017 at midnight CET/23:00 UTC/GMT.
The total potential funding assigned to this call is €400,000, and applicants successful in this round will receive invitations to submit full proposals in May 2017.
This call, like those that preceded it, seeks to support projects from sub-Saharan Africa that:
- Mobilize biodiversity data relating to protected areas, threatened species, and invasive alien species
- Use and extend best practices for digitizing natural history collections and mobilizing other biodiversity data
- Apply biodiversity data in support of decision-making and research
- Develop lasting national, regional or thematic networks to support ongoing data sharing and reuse
The call offers support for two grant types:
- National grants that establish or strengthen national biodiversity information facilities and to increase the biodiversity data available about the country to respond to national priorities. Up to €40,000 will be made available per national grant.
- Small grants that mobilize biodiversity data relevant for biodiversity conservation priorities, with a maximum funding of €20,000.
Application process and timeline:
- A panel of international experts with experience in the region will evaluate applications through a competitive two-stage process.
- Applicants must submit initial concept notes using the provided template by 9 April 2017.
- Based on the panels’ recommendations, GBIF will invite a select group of applicants to prepare full proposals, expected to be due in July 2017.
- Following the panel’s final review and selection, funded projects will start in October 2017. GBIF expects to announce these projects publicly by November 2017.
More information available online here.