GSDI announces call for proposals for Small Grants Program

GSDI announces call for proposals for Small Grants Program

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8 December 2006 – The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association has announced its Small Grants Program for the year 2006 with expenditures in 2007.

The GSDI Association, along with partners and participants, has allocated resources from the U.S. Federal Geographic Data Committee and the GISCorps of URISA, to fund a small grants program to support national or sub-national activities that foster partnerships, develop in-country technical capacity, improve data compatibility and access, and increase political support for spatial data infrastructure and Earth observations application development. These resources will be used to offer two types of grants this year:
– Grants in Cash up to 2,500 USD
– Grants in Professional Services up to the value of 2,500 USD
Grants in Professional Services will be coordinated by the GISCorps
(http://www.giscorps.org), an international initiative that offers GIS services by qualified volunteers to emerging economies.

Activities to receive support may focus on technical or institutional projects, as long as there are concrete/tangible outputs and several institutions collaborate on the effort. Sample activities include (these are not exhaustive):
– Convening of national or sub-national seminars or workshops related to SDI
– Producing SDI- and EO-related training manuals and modules (these materials must not duplicate existing materials)
– Establishing metadata and clearinghouse nodes
– Establishing web mapping services and applications
– Accomplishing surveys or inventories
– Producing and disseminating newsletters and awareness-raising materials about SDI
– Drafting policy and legislation related to SDI

Priority will be given to projects in developing nations and countries with economies in transition. Grants can be awarded to SDI coordinating bodies (councils, committees) and GIS user groups, but the GSDI Association asks that one institution take responsibility for receiving/depositing the funds. Grants will not cover organization overhead expenses.

Proposals should include information under the following headings:
1. Title of Project/Activity
2. Focal Point Institution
3. Contact Person (business street address, phone/fax, email, and website)
4. Introduction and Background (include a description of the national or local
institutional framework and what has been achieved thus far)
5. Project Description
6. Summary of Deliverables
7. Period of Performance (time-line for overall project, deadline dates for deliverables,
date of final project report to be submitted to grants@gsdi.org)
8. Indicate your preference for an award of cash or professional services. Budget
(itemize how the money is to be spent or the predicated extent of services needed
for specific tasks)
9. Details of additional or in-kind funds to co-finance the activity
10. List of Collaborators (with contact information)
11. Envisioned Follow-up Activities
Appendix: Include the Final Reports from any previous GSDI Small Grant Awards

Proposals must be submitted in English and should be preferably two pages in length but no more than five pages or 2000 words (excluding any appendices). Please submit your proposal as a .pdf file (or alternatively .doc or .rtf file) using 12-point Times Roman or Arial font. A fax is also acceptable.

The GSDI anticipates funding up to 12 Grants in Cash and up to 6 Grants in Professional Services. Grant funds will be issued as paper checks in US dollars or as wire transfers. If the recipient chooses to receive funds by wire transfer, $50 US will be deducted from the award amount to cover the processing costs for the wire transfer.

The recipient institution will be required to provide a project report and an expense report upon completion of the project. The GSDI Association may include excerpts of the project reports in GSDI newsletters or on its website. Awardees are encouraged to publish a local press release highlighting the award from the GSDI Association as well as the proposed activities, and to send copies of these to the GSDI Association.

Proposals are due on 15 January 2007. Please either e-mail or fax them to:
Sponsored Projects Committee
GSDI Association
grants@gsdi.org
Fax +1-703-852-7917

For more information visit: http://gsdi.org. For questions about this request for proposals, please contact grants@gsdi.org

– Small Grants Program
The Small Grants Program is intended as a benefit of “full membership” in the GSDI Association. Because the GSDI Association is fairly young, it is making this opportunity available currently to non-members as well. However, full members may obtain favored treatment in the instance in which two grant applications have been ranked similarly in the peer review process. Note that the annual GSDI Association membership fee may be as little as US$200 for national organizations in low per capita income nations. See the requirements for membership at http://gsdi.org/joinGSDI.asp