The International Seabed Authority Partnership Fund (ISAPF), a multi-donor trust fund, was created to mobilize transformative partnerships and financial support for the implementation of the global deep-sea research agenda adopted unanimously by all ISA members in 2020 in support of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (Action Plan for Marine Scientific Research in support of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development) and to contribute to dedicated capacity development programmes and activities aligned with the priority needs identified by developing States Members of ISA through the 2022 ISA Capacity Development Strategy.

At its second meeting, the ISAPF Board decided to open a special Call for project proposals to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of ISA.  The Board encourages stakeholders to submit their project proposals for one of three categories of projects (20,000 USD; 50,000 USD: 100,000 USD) on one of these topics:

(1) Regulation and management of mineral-related activities in the Area;

(2) Marine scientific research in the Area;

(3) Protection of the marine environment in the Area;

(4) Equitable sharing of benefits derived from activities in the Area;

(5) Contribution of ISA to the empowerment of women, especially from LDCs, SIDS and LLDCs, in ocean affairs including ocean governance and deep-sea research

Applicants can submit their proposals no later than 12 May 2024 in accordance with the instruction available in the Call.

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