The call for FBIP Small Grant applications (Review period 2) is now open.

The primary focus of the 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 (DSI) Global Change Programme and the bio-economy.

FBIP Small Grants

Small strategic projects (Small grants) that address critical gaps relevant to foundational biodiversity information and knowledge.

Small grants ranging from R50 000 to R250 000 are awarded over a maximum of two years. Project funding will commence in 2022. These grants 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. Data generated through projects funded by the FBIP must be made available no later than 26 months after the starting date of the project.

There are two application windows for FBIP Small Grants (Review Period 1 & 2).

Application process (Review Period 2):

Applications submitted during the first window period are currently under review (Review Period 1).

Applications for FBIP Small Grants (Review Period 2) can now 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 2022.  

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

We recommend that you have a look at the FBIP Proposal Writing article and videos HERE