GGI-Gardens Awards Program

The GGI-Gardens Awards Program aims to promote partnership activities to preserve and understand Earth’s genomic biodiversity of plants.

The Global Genome Initiative for Gardens (GGI-Gardens) is an international partnership of botanical gardens and arboreta focused on collecting herbarium vouchers from living collections and preserving their genome resources in biorepositories partnered with the Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN).

The GGI-Gardens Awards Program aims to promote partnership activities to preserve and understand Earth’s genomic biodiversity of plants. To this aim, we seek to support collection and preservation activities at botanic gardens around the world. This program, funded by GGI-Gardens and United States Botanic Garden, and administered through BGCI’s Global Botanic Garden Fund, will provide up to 15 awards of up to $4,500 to support sampling activities from living collections with unique families and genera of vascular plants not yet represented in GGBN biorepositories.


Any BGCI member, to include both current and prospective members of GGI-Gardens are eligible to apply. Institutions with successful proposals who have not yet joined GGI-Gardens must − as a minimum − become a GGI-Gardens partner by signing the GGI-Gardens Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) prior to the awarding of funds. Eligible institutions will need to identify a recognised herbarium where they will deposit collected plant vouchers as well as a GGBN-partnered biorepository for the storage of preserved genomic tissues.

The Application

The GGI-Gardens Awards Program application will require the following information:

  • Contact information;
  • Project Title;
  • Proof of project approval by Director/Head of applicant organisation;
  • Identification of herbarium and biorepository in which to deposit samples;
  • Proposal Abstract;
  • Genetic Collection Description (families anticipated for collection, genera anticipated for collection etc…);
  • Collection Database Description; and an
  • Itemised budget (template available here)

Project Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by GGI-Gardens staff and Advisory committee members, including BGCI. Applications will be evaluated on the following:

  • Genomic novelty: Number (and names) of families and genera anticipated for collection and preservation that will be made discoverable through the GGBN Data Portal and are not currently represented in GGBN. Applicants must complete a Gap Analysis that lists the families and genera that will be sampled. Gap analysis can be completed by GGI-Gardens staff (by request) or through the GGI Gap Analysis Tool.
  • Institutional capacity: Does this institution’s application identify resources needed to complete the stated collection objectives and are these reflected in the budget?
  • Size, scope, and quality of your collection: How large is this collection, does it include native plants with provenance data? Does the collection include rare or threatened taxa and are they identified in the proposal?
  • Adherence to GGI-Gardens best practice: to what degree does this proposal meet GGI-Garden’s best practices for data and collection management?
  • Policies and biodiversity standards: Do the proposed activities adhere to GGBN’s guidance on Access and Benefit Sharing? Please be aware that information on the status and legality of permits for samples is tracked as part of the GGBN data standard.
  • Efficiency: how much of this project can be accomplished per US dollar?
  • Broader conservation impacts: to what extent does this project contribute to broader community goals (e.g., achieving BGCI Botanic Garden Accreditation, updating living collection inventories – PlantSearch, and updating conservation statuses – IUCN Red Listing)


Awardees will be asked to submit a mid-term and final Award Report to update BGCI and GGI-Gardens on the status of their collection activities and completion of stated proposal goals. Awardees will also be asked to submit one short news item for BGCI’s and GGI-Garden’s newsletters. Upon notification of proposal status, more details will be provided to awardees.


Please contact Morgan Gostel (Director of GGI-Gardens) with any questions regarding the scope, ranking criteria, or clarifications for this proposal call.

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