BIFA 2020: Frequently asked questions

FAQs on applying for funding under the BIFA programme

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Asian bleeding-heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) observed by Paul Bailey in Uijeongbu-si, South Korea. Photo via iNaturalist (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

Getting started with the GBIF Grants Portal

How can I get access to the GBIF Grants Portal?
Which browser should I use when accessing the GBIF Grants Portal?
Why must I register my organization?
Can I apply for grants as an individual?
Do I need multiple accounts in the GBIF Grants Portal if I wish to submit grant applications under different GBIF-led programmes?

Preparing your grant request

Are there any restrictions in the amount of text I can add to my proposal?
Do I need to confirm all my partners before submitting a project proposal?
Is there any template I can use for the letter of endorsement and the confirmation of project partner?
Can I share the grant proposal with my partners?
What is the difference between a deliverable and the impact of an activity?
What should I consider when describing a monitoring and evaluation plan in a grant proposal (Full Proposal)?
How can I identify Risks and Mitigation strategies (Full Proposal)?
Which grant type do I select if I plan to mobilize both data from natural history collection and data from observation networks and monitoring systems?

Filling in budget

What information should I add under description of the Concept note budget?
How do I fill in the budget in the Full Proposal?
Which expenses can and cannot be charged to the BIFA programme?
Do I need to allocate part of the grant to participate in the BIFA Data Mobilization Workshop?

Data mobilization

What is data mobilization?
What is a dataset format?
How can I estimate the approximate number of records that I will publish through


What is a source of verification?

Additional questions

Who can I contact if I have questions or problems with my application?