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IFS announces a call for Collaborative
Research Proposals from early-career scientists in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote
D’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, with a focus on
research into biodiversity
Interested young researchers from these
countries are invited to express their interest to participate in the
development of collaborative research proposals by filling out the expression of
interest form here: http://applications.ifs.se
Those who express interest will be invited to
join an online collaborative environment that is being used for this project.
You do not need to know any collaborators before expressing interest. The
purpose of the online environment is for researchers to find and get to know
suitable collaborators, create research teams and prepare proposals for
submission to IFS. Further instructions will follow to those who register
interest to participate.
·You are a citizen of
Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania or
Uganda and carrying out your research in any of these countries
·You have a Masters or PhD
degree (or equivalent academic degree)
·You are doing/will do
research on some aspect of biodiversity
·For first time IFS grant
applicants, men should be younger than 35; women should be younger than 40 years
·For those who already had
a grant from IFS, you may
participate in this programme and apply for a Collaborative Research Grant
provided IFS have accepted your report on the previous IFS Grant, no later than
the closing date for application submissions for this programme
·You are attached to a
national research institution or a research oriented and not-for-profit
This call for research proposals is a contribution to
the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (2011-2020).
Its aims include: building awareness of values of biodiversity, the steps we can
take to conserve biodiversity and manage terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem
services related to health, livelihoods and wellbeing in a way that is both
equitable and sustainable. It also aims to integrate such thinking into
development and poverty reduction strategies, including ways to eliminate
harmful subsides, prevent extinctions and control invasive species and
detrimental pollution. We are
especially keen to encourage interdisciplinary collaborations of taxonomists,
ecologists and social scientists to research together on ecosystem services for
sustainable development and poverty alleviation.
The research supported within this call should aim to
increase and share widely knowledge, the science base and technologies relating
to terrestrial and inland
Some suggested research approaches to
Within the broad concept of ‘biodiversity’ research
teams might address themes such as:
·The causes of
biodiversity loss, such as: harmful subsidies, drivers of extinction, invasive
species, and pollution.
·Options to manage
terrestrial or fresh water aquatic ecosystem services related to health,
livelihoods and wellbeing in a way that is equitable and sustainable and to
·Assessing the barriers to
implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity.
·Developing an integrated
management plan for protected and buffer zones based on decision support
·Developing indicators and
systems for Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of national or regional
implementation of ‘Aichi targets’.
·Assessing impacts of
human activities on habitats as a result of pastoralism or slash and
for the integrity of intact, fragmented and man-made ecosystems.
·Assessing the problems
and benefits of promoting Ecosystem Services through Payment for Environmental
·Investigating the role of
biodiversity in conflict generation and conflict mitigation.
This list presents only some ideas; any innovative and
original research ideas within the broad field of biodiversity research are
IFS Collaborative Research
These IFS pilot Collaborative Research Grants will be to
small teams (3-5 early-career scientists) in the eligible countries to undertake
research on biodiversity.
Eligible scientists expressing interest will have the
opportunity to get to know each other and find collaborators, build teams and
formulate their proposals in a social networking environment (PODIO). There will
be approximately three and a half months for this process, thereafter
applications will be reviewed with a decision on grant funding by the end of
The total value of a Collaborative Research Grant will
be between USD 45-75,000. This breaks down to 80% for research and 20% for team
coordination and collaboration activities. The actual value of a grant and the
distribution of the grant money among the team members will be determined by
need, the size of the team and the team’s budget.