Applications from IUBS members are reviewed at the General Assembly (GA). Preliminary enquires and applications have to be addressed to the Executive Director at the IUBS Secretariat in Paris a few months before the GA. The IUBS may provide funds to launch a scientific programme, but the major funding is usually sought from external contracts.

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Review and procedures

Proposals for scientific programmes are peer reviewed by the Scientific Committee and submitted at the General Assembly. Ordinary and scientific members vote on the recommendations of the Scientific Committee for the implementation of the programmes for the next triennium. Then the programmes are reviewed annually (their finances and activities) with an extensive review at the end of the triennium.


Based upon the recommendations of the ad hoc "Scientific Programme Committee", the General Assembly adopts priority areas for the implementation of scientific programmes. The General Assembly, convened every three years, decides on the basis of the priorities of the IUBS and of the recommendations of the reviewers, whether a given proposal is endorsed to become an IUBS programme.