[BID-Community] GBIF's BID programme: 2020 call for proposals from Sub-Saharan Africa

Kyle Copas kcopas at gbif.org
Wed Jun 10 08:15:22 UTC 2020

Dear BID colleagues,

GBIF is pleased to invite the submission of concept notes<https://www.gbif.org/article/6YMaBaQKPDDfBSGTO6jvg5/> for project funding from sub-Saharan Africa through Biodiversity Information for Development (BID), a programme funded by the Directorate-General for International Partnerships<https://ec.europa.eu/international-partnerships/> of the European Union. The call for proposals is also available in French<https://www.gbif.org/fr/article/6YMaBaQKPDDfBSGTO6jvg5>, Portuguese<https://www.gbif.org/pt/article/6YMaBaQKPDDfBSGTO6jvg5> and Spanish<https://www.gbif.org/es/article/6YMaBaQKPDDfBSGTO6jvg5>.

The BID programme<https://www.gbif.org/bid> aims to enhance capacity for effective mobilization and use of biodiversity data in support of decision- and policymaking for sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. The total funding assigned to this call is approximately €600,000.

This call seeks to support projects from sub-Saharan Africa that:

  *   Mobilize biodiversity data relevant to decisions supporting sustainable development
  *   Use and extend best practices for digitizing natural history collections and mobilizing other biodiversity data
  *   Apply biodiversity data in support of decision-making and research
  *   Develop lasting national, regional or thematic networks to support ongoing data sharing and reuse

The call offers support for four grant types:

  *   Regional biodiversity data mobilization grants<https://www.gbif.org/article/5TOFC84d5cGgE32vSBW5EI/> that establish or strengthen international collaborations to increase biodiversity data mobilization for research and policy addressing regional sustainable development needs
  *   National biodiversity data mobilization grants<https://www.gbif.org/article/1YK0cSSJYJZkaUiKvyUwJp/> that establish or strengthen national biodiversity information facilities and increase biodiversity data mobilization to respond to national priorities
  *   Institution-level biodiversity data mobilization grants<https://www.gbif.org/article/6URo8ZAfFXzu3dA9uZH0sZ/> that mobilize biodiversity data relevant for sustainable development
  *   Data-use grants<https://www.gbif.org/article/1as2BEBQfm6itaHkBIsRuQ/> that build on existing relationships between biodiversity data-holding institutions and decision-makers to provide data solutions that respond to a specific policy need

These grants are open to institutions based in eligible countries in sub-Saharan Africa<https://www.gbif.org/article/y4yos8JwOVccTRuS1kYRD#africa>. Concept notes must be submitted by 27 August 2020 through the GBIF Grant Portal<https://gbif.fluxx.io/>. Following evaluation of the concept notes, GBIF will invite applicants successful in this round to submit a full proposal.

This call aims to build on the impact of BID’s first phase<https://assets.ctfassets.net/uo17ejk9rkwj/7ezmj33g285s8mRb1HTpE/36359b4b635e64f28a6ce3ff2b50fd89/191127-BID-Impact-Summary.pdf>, in which 63 BID-funded projects<https://www.gbif.org/programme/82243/bid-biodiversity-information-for-development#projects> mobilized 535 biodiversity datasets containing more than 1.3 million records relevant to the regions’ priority policy needs<https://downloads.ctfassets.net/uo17ejk9rkwj/4gmZ9Hz9egtxJIuXKlW7SW/003fef24c10c69b730b8c92c4e22f326/191125-BID-Best-Practices.pdf>. The programme's rigorous training and e-learning curricula<https://www.gbif.org/article/2IE7tH4dlcik1BnmniIPAc/> have also helped improve biodiversity data skills and establish regional communities of practice for hundreds of professionals across sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific.

GBIF plans to invite simultaneous calls for submission of concept notes for the wider Caribbean (see eligible countries<https://www.gbif.org/article/y4yos8JwOVccTRuS1kYRD#caribbean>) and the Pacific (see eligible countries<https://www.gbif.org/article/y4yos8JwOVccTRuS1kYRD#pacific>) in September 2020. To keep up to date with the programme, including upcoming information webinars and other information resources, sign up to the BID mailing lists<http://eepurl.com/du73YP>.

If you have questions about the programme or call for proposals, please contact us at BID at gbif.org<mailto:BID at gbif.org>.

Best regards,
Kyle Copas
Communications Manager
ORCID: 0000-0002-6590-599X<https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6590-599X>

GBIF Secretariat
Universitetsparken 15
DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø
+45 35 32 14 75 | mobile +45 28 75 14 75 | Skype kylecopas

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