29 January 2018

Call for proposals: Biodiversity Informatics for African Freshwater and Pollinator Biodiversity

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The JRS Biodiversity Foundation is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for multi-year projects focused upon biodiversity data, knowledge and information services related to freshwater biodiversity and pollinator biodiversity. The foundation will award about $1,600,000 among qualifying proposals by July 2018 (this is an estimate only and is subject to change. JRS awards for multi-year implementation projects have ranged from $70,000 to $350,000 and averaged $180,000).

General Qualifications

Preference will be given to projects that can grow to larger scale or can be transferred across geographic regions or across organizational and institutional contexts. Partnerships will be strongly preferred over standalone projects. Projects that hold potential to engage with, reinforce, or benefit our current projects will be preferred. All projects must conform to the foundation’s Open Data Policy. U.S. law governing foundations requires that projects seeking to influence legislation through advocacy or lobbying or public campaigns will not be considered. For additional information please see JRS How To Apply on our website.


The following requirements will ensure that your proposal aligns with JRS strategy and will be considered for funding and act as an eligibility checklist.

  • There is a well-defined potential use of and future value to the data or tool; the end-users are well-defined, and they are directly involved in proposal development and project implementation.
  • The hardware, software, data standards and related technical tools are specifically described, and their choice is justified.
  • All primary data generated by the project will be available per the Open Access Data Policy and its terms for license, timeliness, standards, access, and compliance.
  • The grant applicants are (1) African or (2) that African principals and African institutions play major and long-term roles in project implementation and sustainability, and as recipients of funds.
  • Training and capacity development is an explicit aim of the project through long-term engagement, network building, and sharing of training resources.
  • Budgets are justified in significant detail in terms of cost assumptions, timing, and rationale.
  • Outputs and outcomes have specific targets with which to evaluate progress and success that are measurable and time-bound.
  • Plans for outreach and communications include efforts to generate interest of future  partners and funders.

Types of Proposals:  The total multi-year requested grant may range from about $50,000 to about $250,000. JRS will accept two types of proposals: 1) proposals for multi-year projects, and 2) proposals for planning grants for multi-year projects. Project proposals deemed to need additional time for technical planning and partnership development may be offered the opportunity to receive a planning grant.

Application Process:  All proposals will be evaluated on their merits and only those that comply with the application guidelines above and posted on the foundation website will be considered.  This is a pre-announcement; all proposals must be submitted using the online system. Proposals will not be accepted after March 9, 2018.

2018 Timetable for Applications:

  • Friday, January 5: Grant application portal opens.
  • Friday, March 9: Deadline for submission of proposals
  • Friday, April 13: Invitation to semi-finalists to revise proposals
  • Thursday, May 3: Deadline for submission of revised proposals
  • Tuesday, May 29: Final funding decision communicated by the Foundation
  • Wednesday, August 1: Approximate date of first payment to approved grantees

Thank you in advance for your interest. Please write to JRSRFP@jrsbiodiversity.org with any questions regarding this request for proposals.

Questions can be written to JRSRFP@jrsbiodiversity.org

Latest updatesat:  JRS 2018 Request for Proposals and 2018 RFP Frequently Asked Questions .

Read more about the call for proposal and the foundation here.

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