Research and data mobilization to answer the following questions:

  • What species have we got in South Africa? (surveys, description, including genetic descriptions / diversity)
  • What is it? (identification tools including DNA barcodes)
  • Where does it occur? (surveys, collection specimen records, spatial and temporal data, population abundance)
  • What does it do and why is it important? (Compiling information about priority species – photos, illustrations, legislation, biology, references, links)
  • Does my research align with the following international initiatives: GBIF, IBOL and EOL.
  • Does my research fall within the FBIP context of Global Change and/or the Bioeconomy.
  • Will the data generated from my research be Open Access? (a key data principle of the FBIP)
  • Do I need a Small Grant? (i.e. 1 year, R200 000)
  • Do I need a Large Grant? (i.e. 3 years, R1.5 million, and postgraduates would be separately funded)
  • Graphic below – key messages:
    • foundational research or data related work must produce outputs that will be used to have an impact that improves the lives of people.
    • the actual foundational work on its own may not do this directly, but the value chain for the outputs must be explained in the proposal.
    • this is why we ask who will use the outputs? and for what purpose? and what will the impact be?
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