The GBIF Secretariat has just invited the submission of initial concept notes for the Biodiversity Information Fund for Asia or BIFA programme, which funded by the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan.
This call for proposals aims to address key challenges that GBIF nodes in Asia have identified in connection with the mobilization and use of biodiversity data in the region. The total potential funding assigned to this call is approximately €105,000, and applicants may request a maximum of €15,000 through BIFA for each project.
Three types of grants are included in the call:
- BIFA collections data mobilization grants target Asia’s natural history collections, seeking to fill taxonomic and geographic gaps in freely accessible data relating to Asian biodiversity (open to any institutions based in Asia)
- BIFA ecological monitoring data mobilization grants target Asian biodiversity monitoring programmes and networks (open to any institutions based in Asia)
- BIFA portal support grants target activities by GBIF Participant nodes or groups of nodes in Asia to develop or upgrade national, regional or thematic biodiversity information web portals
Concept notes must be submitted to the GBIF Secretariat by 20 December 2017.