US: The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association announced its Small Grants Program for the year 2011-12. Applications have been invited in maximum 2500 words and the deadline is October 31, 2011. The awards under this programme, worth USD 2500, aims to encourage spatial data infrastructure or Earth Observations Systems (EOS)-related activities in economically disadvantaged nations.
According to GSDI’s press statement, proposals should include information under the following headings:
– Title of Project/Activity,
– Focal Point Institution,
– Contact Person (business street address, phone/fax, email, and website),
– Introduction and Background (include a description of the national or local institutional framework and what has been achieved thus far),
– Project Description,
– Project staff including their responsibilities and skills (Indicate here whether GISCorps assistance may be needed and what staff and skills are needed.).
– Summary of Deliverables.
– Period of Performance (time-line for overall project, deadline dates for deliverables, date of final project report to be submitted to [email protected]).
– Indicate your preference for an award of cash or professional services or combination.
– Budget (itemize how the money is to be spent or the predicated extent of services needed for specific tasks).
– Details of additional or in-kind funds to co-finance the activity.
– List of Collaborators (with contact information).
– Envisioned Follow-up Activities,
– Appendix: Include ONLY the Final Reports from any previous GSDI Small Grant Awards. The application should be a single document.
Proposals must be submitted digitally to [email protected] in English and should be preferably two pages in length but no more than five pages or 2500 words (excluding any appendices). Please submit your proposal as a .pdf file (or alternatively .doc, docx or .rtf file) using 12-point Times Roman or Arial font.
The GSDI is being advanced through the leadership of many nations and organisations. Its multi-national Board includes representatives from all continents and all sectors: government, academia, and the private sector as well as the following regional SDI initiatives:
– Africa: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology (CODIST) – GeoInformation Sub-committee.
– Americas: Pan-American Institute for Geography and History (PAIGH).
– Europe: European Umbrella Organization for Geographic Information (EUROGI).
The GSDI Association, along with partners and participants, has allocated resources from the U.S. Federal Geographic Data Committee and the GISCorps of The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (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.