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DBF GRANTS

The DeFries Bajpai Foundation (DBF) supports scientists, engineers and practitioners who are working towards sustainable solutions to development.  A particular focus is the central highlands of India and development pathways that integrate conservation, economic growth, and livelihoods for local people.

DBF SMALL GRANTS ARE NOW OPEN!

The upcoming DBF grants are centred around Millets in Central India.

 

If you're interested, please be aware that the deadline to express your interest is December 15, 2023. To do so, kindly fill out this form.  Following this deadline, the NCCI team will review applications and shortlist grantees. Should your application be shortlisted, you will then have six weeks to submit a proposal.

This proposal will undergo evaluation by the selection committee established by NCCI. We request that you register only if your work aligns with 'Millets in Central India' and if you possess a valid FCRA certificate. 

A crucial step in preparing your proposal is to carefully review the Report from the Agrobiodiversity Roundtable: Millets in the Kanha Landscape to help you align your proposal with the identified needs.

In addition to studying Millets in Central India, we will consider proposals from interconnected topics, including:

 

1. Crop Raiding: Delving into the challenges posed by crop raiding and developing strategies to mitigate its impact.

2. Mycotoxins in Millets: Examining the presence of mycotoxins in Millets and understanding their implications on health and agriculture.

3. Preparing for Elephants entering Central India: Exploring proactive measures to safeguard crops from elephants, emphasizing conflict mitigation strategies.

4. Gender Perspectives in Millet Farming: Investigating the role of gender in the Millet cultivation process. 

For any inquiries or clarifications, feel free to reach out to Mansi Monga, Coordinator, and Grants Administrator at NCCI, via email at conservingcentralindia@gmail.com.

CURRENT GRANTEES

The DBF Grantees with ongoing projects: 2022-2024

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SOUMIK BANERJEE

Project Title – Understanding Status of Fallow Forests in Bewar


Organization – Keystone Foundation

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SUBHAG DOLKE

Project Title – Capacitating Community Forest Resources Management Committees for Responsible Forest Governance
 

Organization – Srujan

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SHEKHAR KOLIPAKA

Project Title – Acoustic recordings as a tool for improved communication with small landowners on biodiversity

Organization - Commonland

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SHIVONA BHOJWANI

Project Title – Identifying opportunities and tradeoffs to waterbird conservation in a tropical agricultural mosaic


Organization – University of Minnesota

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VIPUL GUPTA

Project Title – Develop a basket of contextually relevant livelihood opportunities that improve communities’ well-being and restore the degraded landscape


Organization – Earthfocus

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ABHISHEK SRIVASTAVA

Project Title – An approach to localise fires and optimise distribution of fire detection nodes at the Melghat Tiger Reserve


Organization – Indian Institute of Technology, Indore

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AMEEN CHARLES

Project Title – Integration of Conservation and Livelihood around Protected forest area of Kanha Tiger Reserve


Organization – Community Development Centre, Balaghat

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PRAJAKTA HUSHANGABADKAR

Project Title – A paradigm shift in connectivity planning: Win-win situation for wildlife and people


Organization – Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve Conservation

PREVIOUS GRANTEES

2019 Grantees

Adivasi migration from Baiga Chak, Dindori District, Madhya Pradesh: Motivations and changing environmental consciousness: Venkat Ramanujam Ramani, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Banglore, India.

Investigating the effect of landscape features on functional connectivity among Sloth bears (Melursus ursinus) populations in the Melghat landscape: Neelu Soni, Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Amravati, India.

Use of Machine Learning Techniques for Improved Surveillance of the Melghat Tiger Reserve: Abhishek Srivastava, Indian Institute of Technology, Indore, India.

2017 Grantees

GRANTS BEFORE 2017

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