GBIF opens BID call for proposals from Africa

GBIF invites submissions of proposals for funding from sub-Saharan Africa for the Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) programme. The total potential funding assigned to this call is €900,000.

GBIF invites submissions of proposals for funding from sub-Saharan Africa for the Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) programme. The total potential funding assigned to this call is €900,000.

Read the full details of the call in English, Portuguese and French.

Funded by the European Union and led by GBIF, BID is a multi-year programme to increase the availability and use of biodiversity information for research and decision-making in the ‘ACP’ nations of sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

This call seeks projects from sub-Saharan Africa that will:

  • 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

Types of grants

Proposals are invited for three broad categories of grants.

  1. National biodiversity data mobilization grants that seek to establish or strengthen national biodiversity information facilities and to increase the biodiversity data available about the country to respond to national priorities. Up to €60,000 will be made available per national grant.

  2. Regional biodiversity data mobilization grants that establish or strengthen international collaborations to increase biodiversity data relevant for biodiversity conservation priorities. A minimum of three partners in a consortium, in which each partner can receive up to €20,000 and for which the consortium coordinator may receive a maximum grant of €30,000.

  3. Small biodiversity data mobilization grants that seek to mobilize biodiversity data relevant for biodiversity conservation priorities with a maximum funding of €5,000.

Application process and timeline

Applications will be evaluated by a panel of regional and thematic experts and representatives of the funders in a two-stage competitive process.

  • Initial concept notes, using the provided templates, must be submitted by 20 November 2015.

  • The evaluation panel and GBIF will provide detailed feedback and recommendations to those applicants invited to prepare full proposals. .

  • The final results of the selection process will be announced in March/April 2016.

Concept note templates and accompanying guidelines are available for each of the three grant types.

Those interested can sign up to receive updates on the programme; general questions may be sent to BID@gbif.org.

Subject