Funding brief: The Call for Proposals under the fourth cycle of projects to be funded through the Benefit-sharing Fund of the FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is now open. All developing countries that are Contracting Parties to the International Treaty are eligible to apply for funding under the Benefit-sharing Fund (BSF), which will invest at least USD 5 million in projects over the next four years.
The overarching goal of the Fourth Call for Proposals is to enable farmers around the world use and conserve adapted varieties, leading to increased productivity, on-farm incomes and nutrient-rich food, as well as enhanced resilience to production shocks and reduced adverse impacts to the environment. This Call for Proposals also emphasizes new partnerships, including bringing technology and knowledge to the community and farm levels, and highlighting the important role of women in biodiversity management, farming and rural development.
The International Treaty will provide a “helpdesk” in Arabic, English, French and Spanish, offering practical and technical information to support applicants throughout the Call for Proposals. Applications will be assessed by an independent Panel of Experts against pre-established criteria, including experience and capacity of applicant organizations to contribute towards the programme goals, outcomes and targets.
The funds available for this Cycle of BSF projects reflect the growing trend of the BSF to diversify its funding sources by including contributions from a developing country (Indonesia) and from the private sector (in particular, the European Seed Association, the International Seed Federation and the French seed sector), in addition to voluntary contributions from the European Union, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Australia, Italy, Norway and Sweden. The BSF will continue to accept financial contributions for the Fourth Call of Proposals to increase the funds available.
To date, the International Treaty’s Benefit-sharing Fund has invested more than USD 20 million in 61 projects in 55 developing countries over three project cycles, positively impacting the lives of about 1 million people. BSF projects have supported the development, testing and use of climate ready crops, resulting in over 3000 important food crop varieties now available to the international scientific and breeding community under the International Treaty’s Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing.
Donor Name: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Funding name: The Benefit-sharing Fund
● Submission of pre-proposals: 1st, March, 2018;
● Invitations to submit full project proposals sent out by the Secretariat. Deadline: 1st, May, 2018;
● Submission of full project proposals: 1st, July, 2018
Funding limit: This BSF project cycle will fund both single country projects (maximum funding/project: USD 250 000) and multi-country projects (maximum funding/project: USD 450 000).
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: Not found
Project duration: 18 months to 48 months.
Eligible organization: As below
● Eligible applicants include governmental and non-governmental organizations, including farmers and farmers’ organizations, genebanks and research institutions, as well as regional and international organizations based in developing countries that are Contracting Parties to the International Treaty. Partners of the projects that are selected will be funded to work together to establish and strengthen linkages between projects and across Regions.
● To be judged eligible to receive funding from the Benefit-sharing Fund in this Fourth Call for Proposals, all pre-proposals must comply with the following eligibility criteria established by the Governing Body:
Contribute to the objectives of the International Treaty;
Fall within the priorities established by the Governing Body;
Benefit Contracting Parties that are developing countries;
Be presented through the Contracting Party or Parties concerned;
● In addition, for this specific Call for Proposals, the following criteria will also need to be met:
Be submitted on or before the deadline set for submissions;
Adhere to the guidelines for submission;
Address either Outcome 1 or Outcome 2 or a combination of the targets of these main outcome areas and contribute to all the cross cutting Outcomes (3-5) of the Outcome Matrix;
Not reproduce the same or very similar actions with similar activities, objectives and beneficiaries as has already been used in another submitted pre-proposal;
Eligible Country: Please find the list of eligible countries from the link (http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/faoweb/plant-treaty/cfp4/cfp_4_2017_a3_en.pdf)
Submission mail: Treaty-Fund@fao.org
Other important link:
● Guideline: http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/faoweb/plant-treaty/cfp4/cfp_4_2017_0_en.pdf
● FAQ: http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/faoweb/plant-treaty/cfp4/cfp_4_2017_FAQs_en.pdf
● Eligible countries: (http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/faoweb/plant-treaty/cfp4/cfp_4_2017_a3_en.pdf
● Form: http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/faoweb/plant-treaty/cfp4/cfp_4_2017_a5_en_f.docx
How to apply:
● All applications must be submitted through the recognized authorities of an eligible Contracting Party of the Treaty, i.e. through the National Focal Points or the Permanent Representatives to FAO. A list of National Focal Points and Permanent Representatives to FAO of eligible Contracting Parties.
● All applications must be made using the Submission Form for pre-proposals.
● Pre-proposals may be submitted in any of the Treaty languages, plus, where necessary, a translation to a working language (English, French, Spanish), as stipulated by the Operational Procedures adopted by the Governing Body.
● Applications must be sent by the national authorities of eligible Contracting Parties to the Secretariat of the Treaty at Treaty-Fund@fao.org or by fax (39) 0657056347.
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