BIFA collections data mobilization grants

Thest grants target Asia’s natural history collections to fill taxonomic and geographic gaps in freely accessible data relating to Asian biodiversity

Pinus densiflora
Detail of Japanese red pine (Pinus densiflora) type specimen, from The vascular plants collection (P) at the Herbarium of the Muséum national d'Histoire Naturelle, licensed under CC BY 4.0.


Projects funded by a BIFA collections data mobilization grant target Asia’s natural history collections. They should address the priority challenge for GBIF in Asia of filling taxonomic and geographical gaps in the availability of accessible data on the occurrence of species in the region. The following activities are envisaged under this type of grant:

  • Digitizing and publishing georeferenced species occurrence data based on specimens held in Asian collections
  • Compiling inventories of biodiversity data holdings (for example, by implementing metadata catalogues)
  • Preparing data papers to improve the reusability of the mobilized biodiversity data

Learn more about the relevant data types and the process of publishing data through the GBIF network.


The GBIF Secretariat welcomes proposals from natural history collection institutions in any of the countries in the following sub-regions covered by the IPBES regional assessment for Asia and the Pacific: South-East Asia, North-East Asia, South Asia and Western Asia.

Joint efforts between institutions targeting national, regional or thematic data mobilization are encouraged.


A maximum of €15,000 may be requested through a BIFA collections data mobilization grant. All proposals must include co-funding from other sources, either directly or in-kind including staff time. No overheads may be charged to BIFA. Applicants may include data paper publication fees as eligible costs. A maximum of €3,000 may be requested from BIFA for IT services or purchase, covering a maximum of 50% of total cost for these items.

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