Deadline for application: March 6, 2017

The purpose of the call organised by “Sud Expert Plantes Développement Durable” (SEP2D), is to identify, select and fund research projects that could contribute to the development of knowledge building on plant biodiversity, its conservation and its sustainable valorisation. The focus would be made on projects that could improve adaptation capabilities, balance and resilience of social, agricultural and ecological systems. In addition the projects must ensure a return in terms of the new knowledge built, both practical and theoretical, on the basis of the research results to the decision makers and the various stakeholders.

The target goals of the SEP2D programme through this call are as follow:

  • To consolidate research teams in the Global South, in particular through the development of South-South or South-North cooperation
  • To participate to an increasing of publication of key reference articles
  • To innovate in the domain of valorisation of scientific results
  • To participate to the strengthening of a virtuous cycle between the capacity building of research teams in the Global South and their ability to develop and finance the promotion and the use of national and regional expertise, on a longer term.

In order to be eligible the projects must:

  • Be in the geographical coverage of the SEP2D programme : 22 countries in West Africa, Central Africa, Indian Ocean and South-East Asia
  • Be led by an academic institution from one of these 22 countries , and, if possible, be based on a partnership among several research teams and/ or operators that may or may not come from these countries

And address at least one (and ideally more than one) ofthe 3 priority research axis(PRA) detailed in the terms of references :

  • Multi-layer knowledge of plant biodiversity and plant ecosystems
  • Plant resources and their utilization by communities and stakeholder institutions (ecosystem services)
  • The strategies and the operational approaches for the sustainable management of plant resources and the conservation of habitats and ecosystem services.

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