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News 2017 RFP: Biodiversity Informatics for African Freshwater and Pollinator Biodiversity

The JRS Biodiversity Foundation is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for multi-year projects focused upon biodiversity data, knowledge and information services related to freshwater biodiversity and pollinator biodiversity in eastern and southern Africa.

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Release date 11/01/2017
Contributor mlsusini
Geographical coverage Eastern and Southern Africa,
Keywords freshwater biodiversity, pollinators, data, biodiversity data,

Types of Proposals

JRS will accept two types of proposal: 1) proposals for multi-year projects, and 2) proposals for planning grants for multi-year projects. Project proposals deemed to need additional time for technical planning and partnership development may be offered the opportunity to receive a planning grant.

Project ideas outside of the scope of this RFP as defined below should use the foundation’s Funding Inquiry Form and upload utility at

Freshwater Biodiversity Scope: Project Proposals

JRS seeks projects that increase the access to and use of biodiversity information relating to freshwater biodiversity assessment and the conservation of freshwater ecosystem services in eastern and southern Africa. Freshwater ecosystems are under threat from expanding agriculture, human settlement, extractive industries, and from climate change.  The biodiversity of freshwater ecosystems is critical for the ecosystem services for human wellbeing and livelihoods.  Please see our program description at Freshwater Biodiversity and Resources.

Pollinator Biodiversity Scope: Project Proposals

JRS seeks projects that increase the access to and use of biodiversity information relating to pollinator biodiversity assessment and the conservation of pollinator services in sub-Saharan Africa. Pollination is one of the most important ecosystem services supporting human life and livelihoods as well as natural biodiversity and primary productivity. Challenges facing pollinator conservation in Africa are many and include inadequate expertise, insufficient data on pollinator status, few risk mitigation options, lack of information on pollinator-plant interactions, lack of standard field methods and data standards, and lack of economic evaluations of pollinator services.

Application Process 

All proposals will be evaluated on their own merits and only those that comply with the application guidelines posted on the foundation website will be considered.  You may begin the application process immediately; all proposals must be submitted using the online system. No proposals will be accepted after February 22, 2017.

2017 Timetable for Applications

  • Wednesday, January 11: Announcement of call for proposals.
  • Wednesday, February 22: Deadline for submission of proposals
  • Friday, April 21: Invitation to finalists to revise proposals
  • Tuesday, May 9: Deadline for submission of revised proposals
  • Friday, June 2: Final funding decision communicated by the Foundation
  • Tuesday, August 1: Approximate date of first payment to approved grantees

See website for more information and online application form.

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