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Young Researcher Award 2022

GBIF nominations for the 2022 Young Researchers Award

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Join the Global Diversity Information Facility (GBIF) nominations for the 2022 Young Researchers Award.

GBIF Young Researchers Award 2022 aims to foster as well as recognize innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics by graduate students whose master’s and doctoral studies rely on GBIF-mediated data.

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The 2022 programme will provide a pair of €5,000 prizes recognizing the work of two early-career researchers who receive formally nominations from the heads of delegation and node managers of GBIF Participant countries.

National deadlines for 2022

While the deadline for receipt of nominations at the GBIF Secretariat is 20 June, local deadlines do apply!

  • Mexico : 31 May 2022

GBIF will post other national deadlines in their official website as well as post notifications through the GBIF Twitter feed using the hashtag #YoungResearchers.


Candidates must be enrolled in a university graduate programme to be eligible for the award. Candidates must be one of the following:

  • citizens of a country participating in GBIF
  • students at an institution located in a GBIF participant country

Nominations can come from the GBIF delegation or node of either the candidate’s country of citizenship or the country of the candidate’s host institution.

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Submission Process

Students seeking nomination must apply to the Head of Delegation or node manager of a GBIF Voting or Associate Participant country (see the complete list).

National participants are responsible for establishing their own deadlines and processes for receiving and processing student applications. As a result, graduate students who seek nomination should consult the websites of their national GBIF Participants or contact the Head of Delegation or node manager directly.

Student proposals are first reviewed and prioritized at the national level. GBIF national nodes are encouraged to work closely with the academic communities and higher education institutions in their countries and to reach out to relevant university programmes and research groups.

National Heads of Delegation or node managers may submit a maximum of two nominees per country to the GBIF Secretariat to [email protected] by the deadline for submissions.

Award nomination packet

Candidates should prepare their proposal and nomination packets to include:

  1. Research summary
  2. Project description  that describes:
    a. The need for the research as well as the question(s) it addresses.
    b. The role of data accessed through GBIF in addressing these questions. Research proposals must clearly demonstrate how the study incorporates data mobilized through GBIF.
    c. In addition, the research scope, plan, methodologies, relevant literature citations and timetable.
    d. If relevant, a description or an excerpt from a data management plan that outlines how data related to the research is published or will be prepared for publication through the GBIF network to GBIF.org.
  3. Also, a curriculum vitae of the student applicant including full contact information at the home institution.
  4. Moreover, supporting documents:
    a. An official letter from the student’s faculty mentor/supervisor certifying that the applicant is a student in good standing in the graduate programme of the university.
    b. At least one, and no more than three, letters of support from established researchers active in a field that encompasses and incorporates biodiversity informatics

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Selection process and criteria

The GBIF Science Committee will review the nominations and select winners of the Young Researchers Awards.

The criteria for the awards include:

  • Originality and innovation
  • Also, use of and strategic significance for data accessed through GBIF
  • Measurable effectiveness as well as impact in advancing biodiversity informatics and/or the conservation of biological diversity

You can update and resubmit your proposal that was rejected for consideration in subsequent years.

Awardees will acknowledge GBIF support when disseminate research results via peer-reviewed publications, presentations at professional meetings, and other media.



Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline20 June,2022
FieldGraduate Research Award
Open tograduate researcher
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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