This fund helps projects that support biodiversity data and information.

The Terrestrial and Freshwater Biodiversity Information System (TFBIS) Programme supports the conservation of New Zealand's indigenous biodiversity by increasing awareness of and access to fundamental data and information about terrestrial and freshwater biota and biodiversity. 

The programme is one of a number of initiatives introduced in July 2000 to implement the Government's commitment to achieving the goals of the New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy.

TFBIS mission

'Support seamless access to essential biodiversity data, information and knowledge to achieve the goals of the New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy 2000'.

TFBIS strategic review

There was no funding round in 2014. Instead, we are undertaking a strategic review of the TFBIS Fund: what we have achieved, what we are yet to achieve, and what our desired future state should be.

We welcome your feedback regarding the TFBIS Fund:

He Arotake Rautaki i te Pūtea TFBIS

Kāore e tohaina he moni i tēnei tau. Arā kē te kaupapa nui o tēnei tau, he arotake rautaki i te pūtea TFBIS mea kua tutuki, ngā mea kāore anō i tutuki, ā, kia pēhea nei te āhua o te pūtea me ōna whakahaere i ngā tau e takoto ake nei.

E tino hiahia ana mātou kia rongo mātou i ō koutou whakaaro ki te pūtea nei. Ko te painga atu mēnā ka whakautua ngā pātai mōna kei te hononga ipurangi nei. Tukua mai rānei he īmēra ki, me te pato atu i ngā kupu 'TFBIS Fund Strategic Review' ki te wāhi hei tohu i te kaupapa o te īmēra.

Funding emphasis

The implementation of the TFBIS strategy (PDF, 552K) has influenced the types of projects that receive funding. The major changes have been:

  • Significant increase in spending on providing underlying and connecting infrastructure together with the development of supporting standards, privacy, data access, and intellectual property policies - technologies that allow sharing and federation of research data, information and tools are rapidly gaining in sophistication and web services are also maturing to enable secure interconnection of data between different data systems and agencies. To aid the development of this “federated” system greater investment in infrastructure and in the development of consistent support activities is seen as being a priority needing greater investment.
  • More proactive emphasis on the coordination of efforts/communication across the sector - this has been a low investment area traditionally for the Programme. Communities of Practice and other methods of promoting better communication across the sector will be encouraged where there is a proven and critical need not funded from current funding regimes.
  • Continued funding to fill priority data and information gaps - future applications for funds for these projects will require a persuasive case linked to the important biodiversity management issue/s to justify expenditure.
  • Less spending on digitisation of existing data and information – in the past significant investment was made in digitisation of information and data. Limited investment in this area is anticipated in the next few years.

Process changes have also been introduced that place greater emphasis on user needs assessment for all projects. A differentiation has also been introduced in the application form to be completed for large and small scale projects.

If you wish to discuss a potential application you are welcome to contact staff by emailing

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