Please read the criteria below before reading more about the application process.


Kindly note that we currently have limited resources and capacities for new collaborations and cannot fund initiatives beyond December 2024. Due to an increased interest in our collaboration programme, we also have limited capacity to respond individually / in good time to decline ineligible proposal submissions.

SwedBio supports a limited number of strategic initiatives through our ‘Collaborative Partner Implementation Pathway’. To collaborate with SwedBio and receive support, an application must align with SwedBio’s themes, approaches and principles.

Applications must also meet our criteria listed below:

1. SwedBio can only fund initiatives that are relevant to the vision of SwedBio as outlined in our Theory of Change:

Vision: SwedBio envisions a world that is sustainably managed and where rights are equitably fulfilled, with people being able to make sustainable choices for biodiversity rich and resilient futures while thriving in harmony with nature.

2. The application must be for activities related to SwedBio’s themes, approaches and principles and that aligns with the overall Theory of Change.

3. SwedBio supports:

  • Civil society organisations, including Indigenous peoples and local communities’ organisations
  • International organisations
  • Institutes
  • Universities

In particular, regional and global networks with projects of regional and global relevance. These projects are primarily implementing activities and based in OECD DAC list developing countries. Priority is given to least developed and other low-income countries. Middle-income countries are also considered, in particular as part of regional and global networks, and south-south collaborations.

4. Support is mainly given to initiatives that involve learning and co-creation of knowledge, including practice, policy, research and education. SwedBio cannot fund scientific research or scientific education, but collaborations between policymakers, practitioners and scientists. See Guiding principles for knowledge collaborations (link).

5. SwedBio can contribute to organisations’ participation in meetings and workshops, but mainly if the organisation is coordinating participation from several southern-based groups and countries.

6. SwedBio does not sponsor individuals. For example, research grants or to participate in meetings/workshops.

7. SwedBio does not support organisations or projects that are only of national character, all supported work must have regional and global relevance and links.

8. Organisations must have an adequate organisational structure and management capacity (transparent, accountable, legitimate and democratic, led or coordinated by a balanced representation of relevant parties, actors, or organisations (in case applicant is a network) including a balanced gender representation).

9. Priority for support is given to initiatives that do not receive substantial support from other Swedish sources and especially not for the same purpose.

10. SwedBio usually does not contribute to organisations/applications/long-term projects if there are no other donors. SwedBio can consider be the only donor for shorter projects or for contributions to actors from developing countries to participate in international negotiations or other relevant meetings.


If your project’s concept meets the criteria above, read more about the application process.