Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Young Researchers Award 2021 (Up to €5,000)
Nominations are open for the GBIF Young Researchers Award 2021. This annual program aims to foster and recognize innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics by graduate students whose master’s and doctoral studies rely on GBIF-mediated data.
The GBIF—the Global Biodiversity Information Facility—is an international network and research infrastructure funded by the world’s governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere, open access to data about all types of life on Earth.
- The 2021 program will provide a pair of €5,000 prizes recognizing the work of two early-career researchers—preferably, one master’s and one PhD candidate—nominated by the heads of delegation and node managers from GBIF Participant countries.
- Candidates must be enrolled in a university graduate program to be eligible for the award.
- Candidates must be either
- citizens of a country participating in GBIF or
- students at an institution located in a GBIF participant country
- Nominations can come from the GBIF delegation or node of either the candidate’s country of citizenship or the country of the candidate’s host institution.
The criteria for the awards include:
- Originality and innovation.
- Use of and strategic significance for data accessed through GBIF.
- Measurable effectiveness and impact in advancing biodiversity informatics and/or the conservation of biological diversity.
Proposals that are not selected may be updated and resubmitted for consideration in subsequent years.
Candidates should prepare their proposal and nomination packets to include:
- Project description (maximum 5 pages, 12-point Arial) that describes
- The need for the research and the question(s) it addresses.
- The role of data accessed through GBIF in addressing these questions. Research proposals must clearly demonstrate how the study incorporates data mobilized through GBIF. Students with questions about GBIF-enabled data should work with academic advisors, their GBIF national node, the GBIF Secretariat or members of the Science Committee to increase their understanding.
- The research scope, plan, methodologies, relevant literature citations and timetable.
- If relevant, a description or an excerpt from a data management plan that outlines how data related to the research is published or will be prepared for publication through the GBIF network to GBIF.org.
- Curriculum vitae of the student applicant including full contact information at the home institution.
- Supporting documents
- An official letter from the student’s faculty mentor/supervisor certifying that the applicant is a student in good standing in the graduate program of the university.
- At least one, and no more than three, letters of support from established researchers active in a field that encompasses and incorporates biodiversity informatics (e.g., genetics, species composition and traits, biogeography, ecology, systematics, et al.)
How to Submit
Students seeking nomination must apply to the Head of Delegation or node manager of a GBIF Voting or Associate Participant country (see the complete list). National participants are responsible for establishing their own deadlines and processes for receiving and processing student applications. As a result, graduate students who seek nomination should consult the websites of their national GBIF Participants or contact the Head of Delegation or node manager directly.
Student proposals are first reviewed and prioritized at the national level. GBIF national nodes are encouraged to work closely with the academic communities and higher education institutions in their countries and to reach out to relevant university programmes and research groups.
National Heads of Delegation and/or node managers may submit a maximum of two nominees per country to the GBIF Secretariat to youngresearchersaward@GBIF.org by the deadline for submissions: 21 June 2021. Heads of Delegations and node managers will ensure that submissions are complete and include all the elements listed above. Submissions of incomplete proposals will not be considered.