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2018 PEFC Collaboration Fund

Pioneering technology innovation within forest certification

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The 2018 PEFC Collaboration Fund is now open, and we are waiting for your proposals! Make sure you have applied by 11 May 2018.

This year, we are looking for project proposals that pioneer the application of technology and innovation within forest certification.  

Making Certification SMART

Our 2017 PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue was dedicated to innovations that demonstrate how technology can support and enhance forest certification.

There is clearly great potential for forest certification to continue embracing modern innovations and technology. But the challenge is how to ensure and enhance the alignment of innovation with existing challenges so that it can make transformative impact.

Within this spirit, the event called for Purposeful Innovation. To create it, PEFC will require constructive partnerships, innovations that deliver mutual benefits for system users and solutions that ultimately enable certification to deliver more value and impact more forests!  

So our 2018 Collaboration Fund will do exactly that – inspire purposeful innovation within forest certification.

What we are looking for

We are looking for ambitious solutions to tackle critical issues like making certification more accessible for smallholders, creating innovative approaches for auditing and data collection, or imagining new ways to engage consumers on sustainability.

For example, we want projects that pioneer new applications of technology and innovation that show promise of new solutions for:

  • engaging and leveraging society for sustainable forestry
  • strengthening trust and traceability throughout value chains
  • creating efficient and accessible sustainable forest management certification
  • evolving certification processes, data collection and impact measurement

Check out the Call for Proposals for more information...

Technology and Innovation Platform

Want to get involved, but you are not a PEFC member? Then join our online Technology and Innovation Platform!

This platform is designed to enable and encourage ongoing interaction between PEFC International, PEFC members, solution providers and other stakeholders, who are interested in supporting and contributing to purposeful innovation within forest certification.

Project proposals must be submitted by PEFC members, but technology solutions providers and other stakeholders will play a critical role as partners in the proposals. This platform will help connect partners.

If you wish to join this platform and take part in the PEFC Collaboration Fund, please fill in the registration form.

Eligible Grantees

PEFC members, both national members and international stakeholder members, are eligible to apply and must be the main project applicant. Project partners may include all kind of organizations, including private and public sector organizations.

Download the application form and get started...

Grant Amounts

Proposals can request a contribution of up to 50,000 CHF and must have a maximum project timeframe of 3 years. The fund will support new and additional activities rather than existing, ongoing work and running costs. Grantees must provide evidence of at least 35% co-funding from other sources within the overall project budget.

Proposal Submission

Proposals can only be submitted through the application form. All proposals must be signed by the proponent and submitted by e-mail to or by fax at +41 22 799 4550.

Proposals should be submitted in English, but where necessary can be submitted in Spanish or French.

The deadline for proposal submission is 11 May 2018, 17:00 CEST. Proposals received after this time will not be considered. We will announce the winner projects by August 2018.

Further information

PEFC Certified

Forests area: 313 million ha
Forest owners: > 750,000
Companies (CoC): > 20,000

(as of December 2017)
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