Pretoria – The Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) calls for large and small grants 2018 have opened; South African researchers are encouraged to apply.

For an overview of the FBIP, feel free to consult the programme’s Framework Document 2018.

Large Grants

The main approach is to fund large, collaborative / integrated team projects which align with knowledge needs, or which involve participants along the entire value chain from knowledge generation to application for decision-making. These projects should also include postgraduate students and emerging researchers, and includes the up-skilling of researchers and practitioners who use the data generated.

A phased approach to funding large, integrated and collaborative projects is followed:

i. Concept document call, evaluation and selection for full development (2-4 concepts selected);
ii. Development of full proposals for selected concept documents, evaluation, selection of 1 to 2 full proposals for funding for a three-year period.

Concept notes for large integrated team projects that address at least one of the research focus areas are invited. For more information visit our funding opportunities page.

Small Grants

Smaller grants are available for researchers that will not be able to align their expertise within any of the larger funded projects. Grants ranging from R 50 000 to R 200 000 are awarded for one year. 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.

Proposals for small, strategic projects that address critical gaps relevant to foundational biodiversity information and knowledge are invited. For more information visit our funding opportunities page.