The Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) is offering a Proposal Writing Workshop aimed at academics who are planning to submit a research proposal in response to the annual NRF/FBIP Call for Small Grants and/or Large Grants (Concept Notes and Full Proposals). The 2021 Workshop will be hosted virtually this year with a maximum limit of 36 participants. Academics from Historically Disadvantaged Institutions in South Africa and early career scientists are encouraged to apply.

Workshop details:
Date: 15 April 2021 | Time: 09:00 – 13:00
Presenter: Prof Michelle Hamer
Platform: ZOOM
Cost: No charge; however, registration to attend the workshop is required.
How to apply: Please register your interest by following this link
Application deadline: 17 March 2021
Capacity: 36 participants (max)


The FBIP is a long-term programme funded by the Department of Science & Innovation (DSI) and jointly coordinated by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and the National Research Foundation (NRF). The FBIP provide research grants to academics based at recognised NRF Institutions in South Africa.

The grants must be used for the generation of knowledge related to documenting South Africa’s biodiversity, mobilisation of species occurrence or distribution data, generation of DNA barcode data that will allow identification of biological material, and compilation of descriptive information on species.

The data generated by the funded projects must be provided to the FBIP/SANBI after the project has ended for archiving and making it publicly accessible. The annual call for research proposals for FBIP Small Grants (Review Period 1) and FBIP Large Grants (Concept Notes) are now open through the NRF’s “One Call for Applications for funding”. For more information, please refer to the NRF General Application Guide 2022.

Workshop description

FBIP project proposals are assessed based on the impact in terms of strategic value of the data generated through the project and how the data will be used in terms of the bio economy or global change understanding/mitigation. Concerns about the misalignment of proposals with FBIP objectives prompted the need for a workshop to support academics in improving the quality of their research proposals.

This is the fourth such event hosted by the FBIP and forms part of a series of initiatives to build capacity for biodiversity knowledge generation, dissemination and application. This virtual workshop will be a mix of presentations, discussions and case studies facilitated by Prof Michelle Hamer.

The workshop specifically aims to:

  • Provide background information to place the FBIP in context.
  • Raise awareness of the expectations of the FBIP as the funding body and the unique proposal requirements.
  • Provide information, advice, and guidance for improving the quality of research proposals.

Registration application

The workshop is free; however, we encourage you to register your interest as soon as possible as there is only a limited number of spaces available for this event. Applicants must be based at NRF recognised institutions in South Africa, and preference will be given to academics from Historically Disadvantaged Institutions and early-career scientists.

In order to show interest in attending the workshop, please complete the “Registration Application Form” by Wednesday, 17 March 2021. You will receive an email to confirm acceptance/rejection. If you are accepted for the workshop, you will be asked to complete a registration form to provide more information.


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