NOTE: Extended Designated Authority Cut-off date – 30 October 2020

Pretoria – Applications for FBIP Small Grants (Review Period 2) are now open and eligible researchers are encouraged to apply.

The primary focus of the Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) is to generate, mobilize, co-ordinate and make accessible foundational biodiversity knowledge in line with the needs of society, the Department of Science & Innovation’s (DSI) Global Change Programme and the bio-economy.

One of the main approaches is to fund small strategic projects (FBIP Small grants) that address critical gaps relevant to foundational biodiversity information and knowledge.

Small grants ranging from R50 000 to R200 000 are awarded for one year and can be used for taxonomic research, mobilisation of primary data (specimen records), generation of DNA barcodes, compiling species information or for data management/dissemination innovations.

Researchers based at NRF recognised research institutions in South Africa are eligible to apply.

Small Grant application process

There are two application windows for FBIP Small Grants:

Review Period 1: Applications for Review Period 1 have closed, and the applications are currently under review.

Review Period 2: Applications for Review Period 2 is currently open.

Application process FBIP Small Grants (Review Period 2):

Applications for FBIP Small Grants (Review Period 2) must be submitted electronically on the NRF Online Submission System at  

For more information about the process, the number of applications allowed within a call year and cut-off dates, please refer to the NRF General Application Guide 2021.  

Applicants applying for FBIP grants must read the FBIP Framework and Funding Guide and FBIP Application Instructions to make sure that all the essential information is submitted through the proposals.

FBIP funding proposal writing workshop – ONLINE