Belgium hosts important natural history collections, libraries, well-equipped research facilities and well-trained scientific and curatorial staff (more information). To ensure that this rich taxonomic patrimony can also serve taxonomists from the developing world, the Belgian GTI NFP annually issues two types of grants.
Countries that are eligible for this type of support are: Algeria - Benin* - Burkina Faso* - Burundi* - Cabo Verde - Cambodia - Cote d'Ivoire - DR Congo* - Gambia - Ghana - Guinea* - Guinea Bissau - Kenya - Laos - Liberia - Mali* - Morocco* - Mozambique* - Niger* - Nigeria - Palestinian Territory* - Rwanda* - Senegal* - Sierra Leone - Tanzania* - Thailand - Togo - Uganda* - Vietnam.
Priority will be given to projects taking place in countries belonging to the 14 priority partner countries of governmental cooperation (with an asterisk in the above list).
GRANT TYPE 1 - Training in taxonomy and collection management & access to collections in Belgium
This type of grant funds taxonomists and parataxonomists from eligible developing countries for study visits to Belgium.
For beginning taxonomists these study visits can involve theoretical training, coupled to a hands-on training on traditional and/or molecular approaches to taxon identification and classification in a Belgian centre of taxonomic expertise.
For professional taxonomists, for whom theoretical and taxon-specific training no longer is compulsory, study visits entail access to Belgium-based natural history collections, literature, infrastructure and expertise.
For more information on funded projects, browse our ‘Grants awarded’ section.
GRANT TYPE 2 - Support for taxonomy-based research and training projects (OPEN ONLY for taxonomists from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences)
This type of grant funds taxonomists from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences to carry out a taxonomic research project with clear-cut poverty reduction components and that responds to clearly identified taxonomic or curatorial needs within a developing country.
Projects must at all times expedite taxonomic research by enhancing the standing taxonomic and curatorial capacity in the eligible developing country. As such, projects must include some training of recipient country personnel either within that country or in Belgium.