JRS Biodiversity Foundation: Grants for Marine Conservation

OVERVIEW: The JRS Biodiversity Foundation supports preserving biodiversity and curbing the rapid loss of species. It prioritizes work in developing countries. 

IP TAKE: JRS does not accept unsolicited proposals, but welcomes letters of intent.

PROFILE: The JRS Biodiversity Foundation was founded in 2004 when the science journal publishing company, BIOSIS, was bought by Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Reuters. Proceeds from the sale established JRS. The foundation focuses on collaborative efforts across multiple environmental disciplines. The foundation seeks “to increase access to and use of information that will lead to greater biodiversity conservation and more sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa." JRS ultimately seeks to "increase the capacity of the institutions and people who collect, manage, and disseminate biodiversity data and information (“biodiversity informatics”) in sub-Saharan Africa" in order to connect this knowledge to key stakeholders who decide how that biodiversity is preserved.  

One of four programs, JRS's freshwater program prioritizes work that seeks to secure freshwater resources strictly in Africa. The program funds those working toward protecting African wetlands and influencing "policy decisions and investors in water infrastructure for hydropower and human use, who rely on biodiversity and fisheries information to reduce risk and plan development." The programs seeks projects that bridge "knowledge providers and users." For JRS, the partnership must result in data and information services that "will improve human lives, and have a positive impact on conservation of biodiversity and sustainable development." The foundation is in the process of developing initiatives in Freshwater Ecosystem Assessment and in Freshwater Safeguarding Informatics. The program emphasizes data-driven projects that work to "strengthen informatics systems and multiple sectors’ access to and use of freshwater biodiversity data." While the foundation prioritizes Africa, on the rare occasion it also awards grants to U.S. based organizations. Grants through this program range from a few thousand to tens of thousands of dollars. 

JRS does not accept unsolicited applications or letters of inquiry, except in response to specific requests for proposals. The foundation announces open RFPs on its website and mailing list with the particulars on program guidelines and due dates for preliminary inquiries.

PEOPLE: 

  • Don Doering, Executive Director 

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