[Taxacom] JRS Biodiversity Foundation Preproposals accepted July 5 - August 16.

Bryan pbryan.heidorn at gmail.com
Sun Jul 4 13:53:46 CDT 2010

The Mission of the Foundation may be found at


The Foundation is currently considering Pre-Proposals through August 16,
2010. Grants made through this opportunity will be expected clearly and
specifically to advance the field of biodiversity and to provide training
within the field. We highly value projects that identify and implement ways
for biodiversity information simultaneously to educate both the public and
policy-makers to promote the sustainability of life on earth.

The Foundation has an interest in supporting efforts that cut across
traditional disciplinary boundaries. Specifically, we are interested in
supporting projects that have a practical and useful impact on the
conservation of biodiversity. JRS is particularly interested in building
collaborations between African lead institutions and partner biodiversity
organizations, preferably (but not obligatory) south of the equator.

Foundation interests include fostering the use of information technologies
for the acquisition of new knowledge in the area of biodiversity; assuring
that the knowledge is used to maintain or enhance biodiversity and
sustainability; fostering the training of the next generation of scientists;
and educating decision-makers. The Foundation has a particular interest in
efforts that lead to the promulgation of public policies that enhance
environmentally friendly practices.

A core precept of the Foundation is to promote human capacity through its
grants. We strongly encourage proposals to include aspects of staff
development, involvement of mentors, and travel for short courses for junior
and mid-level staff, and similar activities that will build biodiversity
competency in developing nations.

Foundation grant awards for approved projects will be in the $100,000 to
$200,000 USD range.

   July 5, 2010: Pre-Proposals accepted on JRS website

August 16, 2010: Deadline for submission of Pre-Proposals

September & October 2010: Screening of Pre-Proposals by Grants Committee

November 2010: Pre-Proposal initial review by the Foundation Board of

November 2010: Selection of limited number of organizations to invite to
submit full proposals and notification to applicants of Foundation decision

February 2011: Final full proposals due to Foundation by invited applicants

March 2011: Review of final proposals by Foundation Grants Committee

April 2011: Final proposal evaluation and funding decision announcement by

Pre-Proposals for the current call can be submitted via the “Create and
Account” link at the bottom of http://www.jrsbdf.org/v3/Applicants.asp.

NOTE: You will be allowed 1000 words in your description of concept, impact
and outcomes. In that space you should describe applicant organization, the
statement of problem(s) for which funding is sought, the goals of the work,
the steps to address the problem, the way the work will improve local and/or
global biodiversity, how the activities will be evaluated, and any training
or education that will be built into the program.

Bryan Heidorn
University of Arizona

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