GBIF Call for Proposals: Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) Programme for sub-Saharan Africa

Deadline: 9 April 2017

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), funded by the European Union is seeking concept notes for project funding from sub-Saharan Africa under for the Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) programme.

Objectives

The program 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

Types of Grant

  • 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be legal entities located in an eligible African ACP country (mentioned below). Such entities include national government agencies, GBIF Participant nodes, natural history museums and collections, research institutes, universities, and NGOs.
  • Applications involving partners from countries or organizations that already participate in GBIF must include a statement of endorsement from the GBIF Head of Delegation or Node Manager. Contact information for representatives of GBIF Participant countries and organizations can be found on the Participant pages linked from the Participant list.
  • All BID funded activities must be not-for-profit. BID programme funds may be used to support staff time, travel and costs associated with the organization of meetings and workshops, and limited costs for IT services and equipment.
  • Overhead costs may not be charged to BID grants.
  • Applicants must commit cofunding (in-kind or cash) to their projects and provide details of this cofunding in their concept notes and full proposals. Cofunding refers to real costs that are incurred by the applicants while executing the funded project’s activities. These could be in-kind contributions that directly contribute to the project activities (like staff salaries, travel costs etc.) or any in-cash contributions to BID activities from other funding sources.
  • All proposed project activities must fall within the stated implementation periods for each grant type.
  • Applicants must provide plans to ensure sustainability of activities after project support from BID concludes.
  • All data mobilized through the BID grants, as well as any other products of the projects, such as training material, must be made available under a CC-BY license or CC0 license.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit initial concept notes using the provided template via given website.

Eligible Countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of, Congo, Republic of the, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

For more information, please visit GBIF Call for Proposals.

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