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 Directorate-General for International Partnerships of the European Union.
The BID programme aims to enhance capacity for effective mobilization and use of biodiversity data in support of decision- and policymaking for sustainable development. The total funding assigned to this call is approximately €600,000.
Application Deadline:27 August 2020
This call seeks to support projects from sub-Saharan Africa that:
- Mobilize biodiversity data relevant to decisions supporting sustainable development
- 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 four grant types:
- Regional biodiversity data mobilization grants that establish or strengthen international collaborations to increase biodiversity data mobilization for research and policy addressing regional sustainable development needs (maximum funding: 60,000 euros for projects involving two countries; €120,000 for projects involving three or more countries)
- National biodiversity data mobilization grants that establish or strengthen national biodiversity information facilities and increase biodiversity data mobilization to respond to national priorities (maximum funding: €40,000 per project)
- Institution-level biodiversity data mobilization grants that mobilize biodiversity data relevant for sustainable development (maximum funding: €20,000 per project)
- Data-use grants that build on existing relationships between biodiversity data-holding institutions and decision-makers to provide data solutions that respond to a specific policy need (maximum funding: €60,000 per project)
Initial concept notes must be submitted by 27 August 2020 through the GBIF Grants Portal.
Selected applicants will be invited in the last quarter of 2020 to submit full proposals.
Following a final review and selection, funded projects are expected to start in April 2021 with a project implementation period of maximum 24 months (01 April 2021– 31 March 2023).
Selected projects will be required to send a project team member to a capacity enhancement workshop and obtain certification for the skills acquired. This workshop is expected to take place during the second quarter of 2021, and the cost of participation will be met separately from GBIF/BID funds (applicants need NOT include this in the project budget).
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