Sunday, 28 August 2011

Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association seeks applications for Small Grants Program

Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association seeks applications for Small Grants Program 2011-12 from projects mainly in developing nations and countries with economies in transition

The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association has announced its Small Grants Program for the year 2011-12 for spatial data infrastructure or Earth Observations Systems (EOS)-related activities in economically disadvantaged nations.

The Small Grants Program is aimed at supporting 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. The GSDI is also a Participating Organization of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observation (GEO) and encourages the registration of SDI data and services in their registry system.

The award constitutes $2500 USD in cash and/or contributed volunteer professional services for the project. These resources will be used to offer two types of grants this year:
-      Cash up to 2,500 USD
-      Professional Services to be determined

GSDI anticipates to fund up to 14 Grants in Cash and up to 4 Grants in Professional Services.
Support may be used for technical or institutional projects, as long as tangible outputs are achieved and several institutions collaborate on the effort.  You need to clearly indicate the staffing expected to perform the work and whether additional expertise from GISCorps may be useful.   If GISCorps assistance is needed indicate the type that is needed.  A list of typical projects follows – but this list is not exhaustive:
-      Convening of national or sub-national seminars or workshops related to SDI
-      Producing SDI- and EOS-related training manuals and modules (these materials must not duplicate existing materials)
-      Establishing metadata and clearinghouse nodes (catalog services)
-      Establishing standards-based web mapping and data access services
-      Accomplishing geospatial data and/or SDI 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 cannot be used to cover organization overhead expenses.

Last date for submission of application is October 31, 2011
For more information and details, you can visit this link.

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