Overview of 2016 Calls for Research Grants (Call opened 7 April 2016)

The call processes for the FBIP 2016 Research grants are managed

through the National Research Foundation (NRF):

All endorsed applications must be submitted electronically via the NRF’s Submission system
Detailed information can be found in the 2016 Programme Framework document

The 2016 FBIP calls for research proposals opened on 7 April 2016 and close on 22 June 2016


FBIP Photo Small Grants


There are two different funding approaches in the Programme:

(1) Large, integrated team grants

(2) Small grants


(1) Large, integrated and collaborative team projects

  • Three year projects, with a maximum of R2 million / year
  • 1 new project can be selected in 2016 for funding from 2017-2019


The call is a two- step process:

(i) Concept document call, evaluation and selection of successful concepts for full development;

(ii) Development of full proposals for selected concept documents, evaluation, selection of one full proposal for funding for a three-year period.


Projects falling within the following focus areas have been identified for support:

  • Resolution of taxonomic problems, and documenting distribution and abundance of plant and animal species used for medicinal purposes in South Africa.
  • Biological control: identification of potential biocontrol agents through being able to identify the pest / pathogen / alien and its origin, the identification of natural predators / pathogens of it, and close relatives of the host and potential agents.
  • Coordinated surveys for soil organisms and identification of functional roles in agri-ecosystems and natural areas and the co-ordination of existing information on soil organisms in South Africa.
  • Biodiversity functionality. Better understanding of key functional attributes of different species in ecosystems, and the key interactions between them, focusing on terrestrial regulatory services systems. Regulatory services include invasion resistance, pollination, climate regulation, carbon sequestration, pest and disease control in agricultural systems.
  • Multi-taxa surveys of strategic geographic areas, e.g. new or proposed protected areas, areas targeted for development, areas with high levels of dependence on biodiversity for livelihoods, areas of importance for providing ecological infrastructure.


(2) Small projects

A call will be distributed for applications in 2016 and projects will usually be funded for one year only. Small grants have to address key strategic gaps in biodiversity information and knowledge.

  • One year projects, from R 50,000 to R 200,000
  • The data / knowledge should be clearly and directly linked to the main focus of the Programme (bio-economy and global change) as detailed in the 2016 Programme Framework document, but it may fall outside of the five focus areas for the large projects.
  • Grants can be used for taxonomic research, mobilisation of primary data (specimen records), generation of DNA barcodes, compiling species information or for data management / dissemination innovations.