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News Pre-announcement: 2015 BID call for proposals from Africa

GBIF, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, will issue its first call for proposals from sub-Saharan Africa for the Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) programme in September 2015, with a potential total of €900,000 in funding assigned to this call.

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Source GBIF
Release date 22/07/2015
Contributor mlsusini
Geographical coverage Africa
Keywords funding, information, GBIF

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 for proposals will favour projects that:

  • Mobilize biodiversity data related to protected areas, threatened species, and invasive alien species
  • Generate best practices in digitizing natural history collections and/or in mobilizing sample-based biodiversity data, species occurrence data, checklist data, or dataset descriptions
  • Engage users of biodiversity data in producing guiding examples of the integration of biodiversity data into decision-making and research, and ensure the mobilized data are suited to the user’s needs
  • Develop lasting national, regional or thematic networks to support ongoing data sharing and reuse.

Three broad categories of grants are anticipated

  1. National biodiversity data mobilization grants seeking to establish or strengthen national biodiversity information facilities and to sustainably increase the biodiversity data available about the country to respond to national priorities. Up to €60,000 will be made available per national consortium.
  2. Regional biodiversity data mobilization grants to develop international collaborations to sustainably 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 identified lead agency coordinating the activities of the partners may receive a maximum grant of €30,000.
  3. Small biodiversity data mobilization grants of up to €5,000, which seek to mobilize biodiversity data through the preparation of data papers from individual data holders (individual persons, institutions, projects) targeted for use in decision-making and/or research.

Eligible applicants must be legal non-private sector entities located in an African ACP country, such as national government agencies, GBIF Participant nodes, natural history museums and collections, research institutes, universities, and NGOs. All applicants must include project co-funding as well as plans to ensure sustainability of activities after project support from BID concludes. The BID programme funds will support staff time, travel and costs associated with the organization of meetings and workshops, and for national and regional grants a limited amount of cost for IT services and equipment.

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