Last updated: 23/07/2014

Third Call for Project Proposals under the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund

photoThe Bureau of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture opened the Third Call for Proposals under the Benefit-sharing Fund of the Treaty on 7 March 2014. The Call will invest more than USD 10 million in projects globally.

The thematic focus of the Call for Proposals 2014, within the three agreed priorities of the Benefit-sharing Fund, is helping to ensure sustainable food security by assisting farmers to adapt to climate change through a targeted set of high impact activities on the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

Any governmental or non-governmental organization, including genebanks and research institutions, farmers and farmers’ organizations, and regional and international organizations, based in eligible countries that are Contracting Parties to the International Treaty, may apply for grants under the Benefit-sharing Fund. The list of eligible Contracting Parties has been prepared based on a complete list of developing countries derived from the most recent World Bank’s classification of economies, as requested by the Governing Body.

Applications must be sent according to the Pre-proposal Form. The deadline for the submission of applications to the Window 2 is 2 June 2014, 24:h 00 (Rome time) and these must be sent through the national authorities of a country that is a Contracting Party to the Treaty, i.e. through the National Focal Points or through the Permanent Representatives to FAO. THE DEADLINE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS TO WINDOW 3 HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 2 JULY).

A Helpdesk service is provided for the Third Call for Proposals to  facilitate the process of preparing pre-proposals and full project proposals for funding from the  Benefit-sharing Fund. This service provides technical support when submitting pre-proposals on how to fill out the pre-proposals, the channels to be used to present the pre-proposals, eligible countries as well as potential sources of information relevant to the appeal. The helpdesk  provides information and support in English, French, Spanish and Arabic by email and phone.

A) Text of the Third Call for Project Proposals

     -Appendix 2: List of countries eligible to apply

     -Appendix 3: List of National Focal Points and Permanent Representatives

     -Appendix 4A: Submission Form for Project Pre-Proposals

     -Appendix 4B: Guidelines for the submission of Pre-Proposals

  B) Information on the Help Desk 

  C) Frequently Asked Questions

- Download the Arabic text of the Third Call for Project Proposals

- Read the list of Annex 1 crops of the International Treaty

- Exploring networking opportunities:  List of project pre-proposals presented to the Second Call in 2010