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GRANT TYPE 2 - Support for taxonomy-based research and training projects

Who can apply?

If you are a member of the scientific staff of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences you are eligible to enter a project proposal for this type of grant.

If you are not a member of the scientific staff of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences you are not eligible for this type of grant. However, you are free to contact a member of the scientific staff of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences to seek collaboration so that you can jointly submit a proposal. In any case, the scientific staff member of the RBINS is the promoter of the project. To discover the scientific expertise available at the RBINS browse to our institute’s website.

With what kind of project can I apply?

This type of grant foresees limited funding (maximum 15,000 EUR / project) to initiate or elaborate taxonomic research projects that have clear-cut poverty reduction components and that respond to clearly identified taxonomic or curatorial needs within an eligible developing country.

Eligible countries are: 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 one of the 14 priority partner countries of governmental cooperation (with an asterisk in the above list) and/or in collaboration with partner institutions of the CEBioS programme (UAC, OBPE,…).

Projects must at all times expedite taxonomic research by enhancing the standing taxonomic and curatorial capacity in the developing country. As such, projects must include training of recipient country personnel either within that country or in Belgium (several days).

It is mandatory to clearly identify the capacity building needs in collaboration with the local partner. An endorsement letter from the partner institution is requested along with the project proposal. This letter must clearly state how this collaboration answers the needs of the partner institution and how it will contribute to capacity building of its staff/ students.

Projects that complement initiatives or programs that are already operational (even if carried out by other institutions or funded by other countris or relevant organizations) are encouraged.

Projects may span only one year.

How can I apply?

There is no application form for this call for proposals. Proposals should be structured as follows:

  • Project summary - an umbrella statement of the project and an abstract of the entire proposal (maximum 250 words)
  • Identified taxonomic or curatorial needs (maximum 100 words)
  • Specify the past track record within the country or with the partner institution (previous workshops, contacts, joint publications, projects…)
  • Project description - a brief description of the proposed project (maximum four pages) that addresses the following items:
    • short-term objectives of the project (to be achieved before 31 December of the year of the call for proposals);
    • long-term objectives of the project (it must be specified when these will be achieved);
    • the human and institutional infrastructure needed to accomplish the project;
    • the main project milestones and a detailed timeline;
    • institutional support and potential partnerships, if applicable;
    • the technical and/or human resources necessary to complete the project. Sustainability - a brief description that demonstrates in concrete ways the long-term viability of the project (e.g. how will the gained taxonomic capacity be implemented in the developing country)
  • Capacity-building component - how the project contributes to increase human and institutional taxonomic and/or collection management capacity in the partner country
  • Poverty reduction component - a brief description on how the gained taxonomic and/or curatorial capacity will alleviate poverty in the partner country
  • Global change component - a brief description on how a better knowledge on the taxonomy of the focus taxon could possibly aid in showing the effects of climate change
  • Proposed budget - a detailed budget that shows how DGD support would be spent. It must be noted that the Belgian investigators are subject to the normal rules of the RBINS accountancy.
  • Proposals must include full information about partners in other institutions (both nationally and internationally).
  • Proposals must be accompanied by an endorsement letter from the partner institution in the South.

Proposals must be submitted electronically to The Belgian National Focal Point to the GTI will at all times send an acknowledgment of receipt.

When can I apply?

Project proposals can only be entered when a call for proposals is open. Generally a call for proposals is launched around the beginning of each calendar year whereby the call stays open for one to two months. After closure of the call, the Belgian GTI National Focal Point takes about 2 to 3 weeks to review and select the applications.

How will my project proposal be reviewed?

Successful projects will support the combined objectives of the Belgian Development Cooperation and the Global Taxonomy Initiative by:

  • demonstrating a commitment to increase human and institutional taxonomic and/or collection management capacity;
  • concentrating on partner developing countries or encompassing activities at the regional or sub-regional level.

Successful projects will have an identifiable and measurable outcome or product, which will have a demonstrable impact for developing countries, especially in the alleviation of poverty (e.g. management of natural resources, sanitation, bioprospecting, etc.)

This type of grant does not aim to finance infrastructure (buildings, cars, etc.). However, some financial support for training material and equipment will be considered on a case by case basis.

When will selected projects be executed?

Selected projects will be executed before the end of December of the year of the call.

Principles by which selected projects will be executed

Promoters of selected projects enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Belgian National Focal Point to the GTI. The structure and contents of this MoU adhere closely to the working philosophy of the Belgian National Focal point to the GTI, i.e. capacity building directly beneficial for partner developing countries.


If you have other questions, you can contact the Belgian GTI National Focal Point.

Dr Marie-Lucie Susini Ondafe
Belgian National Focal Point to the Global Taxonomy Initiative
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Vautierstraat 29
B-1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 2 627 45 90
Fax: +32 2 627 41 95