Darwin Initiative call for funding applications: Round 20


Darwin Initiative call for funding applications: Round 20

The Darwin Initiative helps safeguard the world’s biodiversity by working with countries that are rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources to meet their obligations under one or more of the three major biodiversity Conventions: the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).

Since its launch in 1992, the Darwin Initiative has committed around £97 million in funding for over 860 projects in over 150 countries.

There will be up to £8m available in total for this new round; around £6m for projects in developing countries and up to £2m specifically for projects in UK Overseas Territories.

The Darwin Initiative (supporting projects in developing countries)

Darwin Initiative support for projects in developing countries is co-funded by two UK Government Departments: the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for International Development (DFID).

Successful projects will benefit biodiversity but it is important to note that, in order to attract DFID funding, a project will also need to benefit local communities and contribute to the knowledge base on the links between biodiversity conservation and human welfare and poverty reduction in the host country.

Darwin Plus: Overseas Territories Environment and Climate Fund (supporting projects in UK Overseas Territories)

Darwin Plus is co-funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development and is operated by Defra through the Darwin Initiative.

It funds environment and climate projects in the 14 UK Overseas Territories and aims to help ensure the long-term sustainable environmental management of the Overseas Territories.

Current application round

Defra is currently inviting applications for:

  • • Darwin Initiative Main projects and Post projects in developing countries; and
  • • Darwin Plus projects in one or more of the UK’s Overseas Territories

Projects will be expected to commence from 1 April 2014.

Applications for the smaller schemes, Scoping awards and Darwin Fellowships, will be launched later in the year.

Guidance and application forms

New guidance notes and forms for all schemes are available on the Darwin website at http://darwin.defra.gov.uk. Please ensure you read them thoroughly as they contain updated information relevant to eligibility and assessment criteria.

If you have difficulty accessing the information and forms, please contact Darwin Applications on Darwin-applications@ltsi.co.uk or on 0131 440 5181. The documents can also be made available in large print on request.

Please note that the process for Darwin Initiative main project applications will be carried out in two stages. Only those applicants successful at Stage 1 will be asked to continue to Stage 2.

Please ensure that you read the guidance carefully and complete the forms accordingly – word counts and provision of supporting documentation will be strictly enforced.

Closing dates:

Darwin Initiative main project applications:

  • • Stage 1 – midnight on Wednesday 17 July 2013
  • • Stage 2 (by invitation only) – midnight on Monday 2 December 2013

Post Project applications – midnight on Monday 23 September 2013

Darwin Plus applications – midnight on Monday 23 September 2013

Further information on the Darwin Initiative, including lists of projects funded in previous rounds, can be found on the website.

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