Welcome to the Darwin Initiative & IWT Challenge Fund Home Page

This online application portal is for UK Government funded grant schemes the Darwin Initiative and the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund.

From this page, you can begin a new application or access your account and continue working on an existing application – see the panels at the bottom of this page.

The Darwin Initiative and Darwin Plus

The Darwin Initiative supports developing countries to conserve biodiversity and reduce poverty.

The Darwin Initiative provides grants for projects working to help developing countries meet their objectives under:

  • the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS)
  • the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)
  • the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES)

The Darwin Initiative encompasses a number of schemes:

  • Main Projects
  • Post Projects
  • Scoping Awards
  • Fellowship Awards
  • Darwin Plus projects and Fellowships, for projects in UK Overseas Territories

The IWT Challenge Fund

The UK Government is committed to helping to end the global scourge of the illegal wildlife trade.

As well as the devastating consequences for biodiversity and the environment, the illegal wildlife trade is a serious criminal industry worth billions of pounds, which damages local communities and undermines sustainable development in some of the world’s poorest countries.

The objective of the IWT Challenge Fund is to tackle the illegal wildlife trade and in doing so, to contribute to sustainable development in developing countries, through projects which address one, or more, of the following themes:

  • developing sustainable livelihoods for communities affected by illegal wildlife trade
  • strengthening law enforcement and the role of the criminal justice system
  • reducing demand for the products of the illegal wildlife trade

Status of application rounds

Applications via Flexi-Grant

Darwin Plus (restricted to work in the UK Overseas Territories)

Currently CLOSED. Closing date: Tuesday 10th October 2017.

Darwin Initiative

Scoping Awards: Currently CLOSED. Closing date: Friday 2nd February 2018.


Applications by email only

Other schemes not currently on Flexi-Grant are listed below. Application for these is by email only.

Darwin Plus Fellowship Awards 

Currently CLOSED. Closing date: Tuesday 10th October 2017.

IWT Challenge Fund

Stage 1: Currently CLOSED. Closing date: Thursday 21st September 2017.

Stage 2: Currently CLOSED. Access by invitation only. Closing date: Tuesday 20th February 2018.

Darwin Initiative

Main Projects Stage 1: Currently CLOSED. Closing date: Tuesday 12th September 2017.

Main Projects Stage 2: Currently CLOSED. Access by invitation only. Closing date: Monday 29th January 2018.

Post Projects: Currently CLOSED. Closing date: Thursday 4th January 2018.

Fellowship Awards: Currently CLOSEDClosing date: Thursday 4th January 2018.

For all queries specifically related to the use of the Flexi-Grant system, please email: Flexigrant@LTSI.co.uk

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IWT Challenge Fund:


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