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Submit your proposals for scientific projects tackling biodiversity and development by March 7! Launched by the Global Development Network (GDN) and AFD, this award provides support for researchers working on an approach that integrates development policies and the protection of biodiversity.

It is a competitive research program that provides the future winners with four individual research grants for a maximum of 24 months. All proposals will be judged for their scientific merits. The second selection criterion will be the geographical area and the desire to reward the best proposal from Francophone Africa. Two “bonuses” will also be given to transversal or multi-sector projects on top of the research grants.

This program is an opportunity to produce and disseminate quality research, notably independent, multidisciplinary research relevant to public policy on the connections between biodiversity and development.

Calling for an inclusive, systemic approach, this award promotes studies displaying an innovative approach to the ways in which development policies that preserve biodiversity can interact locally, closer to the everyday reality of the populations. The aim is to work in partnership with local stakeholders to identify mechanisms that can be applied to design “win-win” solutions and to move beyond obsolete divisions between policies in favor of development and the protection of biodiversity.

The competition is for researchers from all the countries where AFD has a presence, but proposals from countries supported by the BIODEV 2030 program are also welcome and will be given priority in cases of equal quality. This concerns researchers in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Guinea, Guyana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, the Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam.

“We hope that this award will help increase the visibility of African researchers and reinforce their voices through their work in support of greater consideration for biodiversity in all sectors of activity, notably agriculture, land use planning and cities,” said Julien Calas, who is charged with supervising the award for AFD.

Deadline for submitting candidacies: March 7th, 2021
For further information: http://www.gdn.int/biodiversity