Darwin Initiative: Main Project Funding

UK Department for Environment, Food, & Rural Affairs

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Grant amount: £50,000 - £430,000

Next anticipated deadline: Jul 16, 2020 3:59pm PDT (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Dec 5, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University Indigenous Group Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Afghanistan; Algeria; Angola; Armenia; Bangladesh Show all

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Biodiversity is the variety of all life on Earth. It includes all species of animals, plants and fungi and the natural systems that support them. Biodiversity matters because it supports the vital benefits we get from the natural environment. It contributes to our economy, our health and wellbeing, and it enriches our lives. In line with the UK Government’s Aid Strategy, published in November 2015, the UK Government is supporting our partners around the world to conserve and enhance biodiversity.

The Darwin Initiative is part of that effort. It is a competitive grant scheme, to support projects in developing countries. The Darwin Initiative aims to build local capacity to manage local biodiversity and the natural environment for the future, securing the benefits of these natural resources for people.

The Darwin Initiative helps developing countries meet their commitments under the following conventions:

  • the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); 
  • the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS);
  • the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA);
  • the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES).

The UK Government is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and the Darwin Initiative can make an important contribution. You can read more about the Sustainable Development Goals here.

Since it was established in 1992, the Darwin Initiative has funded 1,055 Darwin projects in 159 countries, with £140m awarded by the UK Government.

Priorities for funding

Priority issues for projects funded in Round 24

We will assess eligible applications against a range of criteria that reflect our priorities for the outcomes we want to deliver through the Darwin Initiative.

Projects are expected to address key threats to biodiversity, such as:

  • habitat loss or degradation
  • climate change
  • invasive species
  • over-exploitation

In addition, applications are particularly invited that focus on:

  • agro-biodiversity that generates alternative livelihoods
  • food security and water security
  • biodiversity and health
  • integrating natural capital related data, information, and knowledge into policy development and decision making
  • enhancing the extent and management of protected areas in the marine environment

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