Folder GTI calls

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: Benin* - Burkina Faso* - Burundi* – Cambodia - Cote d'Ivoire - DR Congo* - Gambia - Ghana - Guinea* - Guinea Bissau - Kenya – Liberia - Mali* - Morocco* - Mozambique* - Niger* - Palestinian Territory* - Rwanda* - Senegal* -- Tanzania* - 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).

Priority will also be given to CEBioS partner institutions in the South.

These institutions are:

  • Université d’Abomey-Calavi (Bénin)
  • Institut de Recherches Halieutiques et Océanologiques au Bénin
  • Office Burundais pour la Protection de la Nature (Burundi)
  • Centre de Surveillance de de la Biodiversité (RD Congo)
  • Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (RD Congo) with implementation of activities by Congolese Scientific Institutions.

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 short-term study visits to Belgium.

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 selection criteria and application form, go to our 'Grant seekers’ section.

For more information on funded projects, browse our ‘Grants awarded’ section.

The 2019 call for proposals is closed. It is currently under review.

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 combined with local training and/ or awareness raising activities. 

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.

Projects must show clear-cut poverty reduction components, linked to both the Biodiversity Aichi Targets and the Sustainable development goals and associated targets. Projects must respond to clearly identified taxonomic or curatorial needs within a developing country.

To apply (only when calls are open), go to our section ‘Grant seekers’.

For more information on funded projects, browse our ‘Grants awarded’ section.

Folder Restricted GTI call 2018 [Restricted access]
Survey Application form 2019