The European Biodiversity Partnership Biodiversa+, co-funded by the European Union, has launched a call for research proposals on “Improved transnational monitoring of biodiversity and ecosystem change for science and society”.
This call aims to support transnational research projects (3-years duration) addressing one or more of the three (non-exclusive) themes below:
- THEME 1 – Innovation and harmonization of methods and tools for collection and management of biodiversity monitoring data
- THEME 2 – Addressing knowledge gaps on biodiversity status, dynamics, and trends to reverse biodiversity loss
- THEME 3 – Making use of available biodiversity monitoring data
Projects combining aspects from several themes are encouraged. The projects funded by this call should help to better characterize, understand and report on the state and trends of biodiversity. The call covers all environments, i.e. terrestrial, freshwater and marine in Europe and beyond.
Research teams will be invited to form transnational research consortia with eligible research partners from minimum three different countries participating in the call and requesting support from at least three different Funding Organisations (including minimum two different EU Member States or EU Associated Countries).
A two-step process will apply to this call, with a mandatory submission of pre-proposals at the first step (deadline: 9 November 2022 at 15:00 CET) and submission of full proposals at the second step (deadline: 5 April 2023 at 15:00 CEST).
The complete announcement and call documents, including full eligibility and evaluation criteria, are available from the Biodiversa+ website. The Partnership will also organise a general information webinar for interested researchers on 20 September 2022.
What is Biodiversa+?
Biodiversa+ is the new European co-funded biodiversity partnership supporting excellent research on biodiversity with an impact for policy and society. It was jointly developed by BiodivERsA and the European Commission and was officially launched on 1 October 2021. Biodiversa+ is part of the European Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 that aims to put Europe’s biodiversity on a path to recovery by 2030. The Partnership plans to launch six co-funded joint research calls over the seven years of its implementation with an estimated budget of around €250 million.
European Partnerships such as Biodiversa+ bring the European Commission and private and/or public partners together to address some of Europe’s most pressing challenges through concerted research and innovation initiatives. They are a key implementation tool of Horizon Europe, and contribute significantly to achieving the EU’s political priorities. Biodiversa+ currently gathers 74 research programmers and funders and environmental policy actors from 36 European and associated countries, and aims to connect science, policy and practice for transformative change.
Source: Research and Innovation (https://bit.ly/3RARZA5)