In the framework of its capacity building program for the Global Taxonomy Initiative, the Belgian GTI Focal Point compiles funding sources for taxonomy and biodiversity. The financial resources compiled target research, conservation, education, public awareness, etc. The list does not pretend to be exhaustive, but it offers a good overview of the current funding offer.
Through an agreement with Belgian Development Cooperation, ABIC, the African Biodiversity Information Centre of the Royal Museum of Central Africa (RMCA) offers each year a number of scholarships for scientific study visits to its collections. ABIC is an RMCA initiative which has, as stipulated in the Convention on Biological Diversity signed by Belgium, aims to share data on African biodiversity with African institutions.
The purpose of ABIC study visits is to promote, organize and disseminate information, and provide technical and scientific assistance to African researchers in the inventory and sustainable management of their biodiversity.
The Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) is part of the FishBase Consortium and responsible for the fresh-and brackish water fishes of Africa. FishBase is currently the most important online encyclopaedia on fishes and incorporates also many tools for ichthyologists and fisheries biologists.The FishBase programme in the RMCA includes a.o. a continuous update of scientific information on the African ichthyofauna.As part of the FishBase programme, the RMCA organizes annually a three months training in the use of FishBase and the taxonomy of African fishes.
The Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (Belspo) together with the Marie Curie Actions, does implement a fellowship scheme for highly qualified non EU researchers (i.e. postdoctoral level or equivalent experience), granting them an opportunity to work during 6 to 18 months in a Belgian research team.
With the financial support of the Belgian Directorate for Development Co-operation (DGDC), the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) offers a number of fellowships to applicants from developing countries. Admission to a program/course is a prerequisite for, but not a guarantee of, a scholarship.