Deadline: 31 July 2022
The JRS Biodiversity Foundation invites the submission of concept notes for project funding from sub-Saharan Africa to enhance capacity for mobilization, use and dissemination of biodiversity data in support of policymaking for sustainable development.
This RFP offers support for four grant types in 2022:
- Grants that establish or strengthen Freshwater biodiversity collaborations to increase research and data addressing local, national or regional freshwater development policy;
- Grants that further Pollinator biodiversity research, data use and collaborations to demonstrate the critical importance of pollinators to African economies and ecosystems;
- Grants that support African 30-by-30 goals for conservation (an aspirational CBD goal), using best science and data for decision-making;
- Grants that aim to enhance African representation in the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework process especially through building capacity in generating, analyzing, communicating and sharing African biodiversity information.
In addition, proposals should contain common elements regardless of thematic focus:
- All proposals must demonstrate elements of capacity-building for African stakeholders and institutions in bioinformatics, biodiversity science and applied data use for key African stakeholders and institutions
- All proposals must demonstrate an intent and modality to communicate project results to key audiences and decision-makers
- All proposals should articulate ways in which scientific and biodiversity data can clearly respond to a specific policy need for African institutions and society
- Funding levels: most projects are funded by JRS fall within the $50,000 and $250,000 range. Amounts outside this range will need clear justifications.
- Funded projects are expected to start in early 2023 with a project implementation period of between 12 and 36 months.
- Concept notes and full proposals must be submitted in English through the JRS Portal by the respective deadlines.
- Applicant project sites must be located in the sub-Saharan Africa geographic region. Eligible entities may include government agencies, conservation institutions, natural history museums, universities, research institutes, civil society networks and NGOs.
- All JRS-funded activities must be not-for-profit. JRS funds may be used to support staff, travel, costs associated with the organization of meetings, workshops, and IT services and equipment.
- If invited to submit a full proposal, applicants must provide plans to ensure sustainability of activities after project support from JRS concludes.
- If invited to submit a full project proposal, written confirmation from all project partners confirming their involvement in the project, must be provided with the submission.
- All proposed project activities must fall within the stated implementation periods for each grant type.
- If invited to submit a full proposal, applicants must prepare a detailed budget. Overhead costs are limited depending on grantee category.
- Applicants are encouraged to explore co-funding (in kind or cash) to their projects. Co-funding refers to real costs that are incurred by the applicants while executing the funded project’s activities. These include in-kind contributions that directly contribute to the project activities (i.e., staff salaries, travel costs etc.) or any in-cash contributions to grant activities from other funding sources.
- Letters of support from confirmed project partners should be submitted through the JRS grants portal.
- Applicants must affirm that all data mobilized through JRS grants be made openly accessible and shared on a non-proprietary data platform.
For more information, visit https://jrsbiodiversity.org/how-to-apply/apply-for-a-grant/2022rfp/