Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP)

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The Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) is a long-term programme to generate, manage and disseminate foundational biodiversity information and knowledge  to improve decision-making, service delivery and create new economic opportunities.

The FBIP is a joint initiative of the Department of Science of Technology (DST), the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). The DST provides core funding as part of the Global Change allocation. SANBI is responsible for managing the implementation of the Programme and the NRF manages the project proposal review and grant allocation process. A steering committee was established which provides the overall strategic direction for the Programme.

The primary focus of the programme is to generate, co-ordinate and make accessible knowledge relevant to “essential biodiversity variables” which include species occurrence, species identity, population abundance, and phylogenetic / DNA information, including barcoding. This type of information is often referred to as “fundamental” or “foundational” because it forms the basis of so many other aspects of biodiversity research and decision-making. These data sets are critical for ecosystem mapping, monitoring and reporting on the state of biodiversity, for sustainable use of biodiversity, and for understanding and mitigating the impacts of global change on biodiversity.

The main approach of the FBIP is to fund large, collaborative and integrated team projects which align with knowledge needs, or which involve participants along the entire value chain from knowledge generation to application for decision-making. A limited number of small grants are also available for projects that address key strategic gaps in data and knowledge.

The programme priorities are to:

  • Establish the granting systems and implement funding allocation for large, integrated projects and a number of small, strategic projects.
  • Organise workshops to promote participation in the programme and to organise promotional activities and awareness rising amongst scientists.
  • Finalise and establish the governance and operating systems for the programme.


FBIP Team:

Michelle Hamer: Programme Manager
Lita Pauw: Programme Co-ordinator


How to contact us:

Lita Pauw (