The Evidence-Based Forestry initiative invites researchers and practitioners to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) for new systematic reviews and maps on critical areas for forestry policy and practice. Systematic reviews use transparent and pre-defined procedures to find, evaluate and synthesize the results of pre-existing research, ensuring that reviews can be updated as new relevant information emerges, and minimizing biases that may be present in existing literature reviews. Founded in 2012 with the aim to strengthen the use of the best available research in forestry decision-making, the EBF initiative has supported 18 systematic maps and reviews on diverse topics.
CIFOR will provide co-funding of up to USD 35,000 for each systematic map or review, with the expectation of financial and/or in-kind contributions from the selected research teams. Preference will be given to proposals that are integrated within existing or planned research projects, and which demonstrate the potential importance this research has for forestry policy and practice. Proposals for systematic reviews may also be based on the Top 20 Questions for Forestry and Landscapes. The proposed maps or reviews must also have a CIFOR researcher as the principal or a co-principal investigator.