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Endorsement Procedure

Projects submitted to DIVERSITAS for endorsement should make a significant contribution to the science of DIVERSITAS and its projects.

Please prepare an executive summary (5 pages max) to submit your project for endorsement, pointing out in specific terms how the project will contribute to the science plans of DIVERSITAS or of its projects, with the following headings:

  1. Background
  2. Goals
  3. Activities/Research proposed
  4. Relevance to DIVERSITAS scientific priorities
  5. Expected outcomes/deliverables.
  6. Leadership
  7. Contributing research groups
  8. Timetable
  9. Plans for funding

Process

  1. Please send this document to the DIVERSITAS secretariat.
  2. The Secretariat will send all eligible proposals to the members of the DIVERSITAS Scientific Committee (SC) or to the Chair of the Scientific Committees of the relevant DIVERSITAS projects, asking for comments and endorsement.
  3. You will then receive an endorsement letter (if the project is accepted) on behalf of the SC-DIVERSITAS (or on behalf of the appropriate project's SC).

 

Endorsement Criteria

A project will be endorsed for a specified duration. It should have some or all of the following characteristics:

  • Be science-driven
  • Be in line with the goals of one of the projects of DIVERSITAS
  • Have an international component.

Encouragement will be given to projects that foster:

  • Interdisciplinary approach
  • Multi investigator and international collaboration
  • Ties with the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) projects.

Requests to endorse “project proposals” to be submitted for funding will be treated in the same way as funded projects.

The Secretariat will keep a copy of all endorsed project proposals. The list of endorsed projects with links to the project’s webpage will be posted on the DIVERSITAS website.

 

Benefits & Obligations

Benefits for the endorsed projects include:

  • Recognition as being part of the international biodiversity programme DIVERSITAS
  • Listed as an endorsed DIVERSITAS project (featured on the web site and selected publications)
  • Open invitation to participate in DIVERSITAS workshops and to co-organise activities with DIVERSITAS and its scientific community.
  • Donor recognition that the project is part of the global DIVERSITAS effort
  • Opportunity for project to be associated with the policy fora with which DIVERSITAS collaborates: the Convention on Biological Diversity, the European Platform of Biodiversity Research Strategy (EPBRS), the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), etc.

Obligations include:

  • Provide an annual report (5 pages max) on progress suitable for publication on the DIVERSITAS web site and publications
  • Acknowledge DIVERSITAS support (or endorsement) in publications and other outreach products. In the case of scientific publications, make an explicit reference in the acknowledgements as follows: e.g., “This paper contributes to the implementation of Focus X "…" in the Science Plan of the DIVERSITAS Core Projects Y”
  • Allow DIVERSITAS to use results from endorsed projects (with appropriate acknowledgement of the principal investigators) to showcase its diverse research agenda.
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