BiodivMon Call for Transnational Research Proposals
Biodiversa+ – the European Biodiversity Partnership – is pleased to announce that its BiodivMon Call for Transnational Research Proposals on “Improved transnational monitoring of biodiversity and ecosystem change for science and society” is now open.
This call is launched by the European Biodiversity Partnership, Biodiversa+, co-funded by the European Commission. The Biodiversa+ Partnership is one of the actions included in the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 to ‘make the bridge between science, policy and practice, and make nature-based solutions a reality on the ground’. The Partnership’s activities will include co-funded joint calls for research and innovation projects, biodiversity monitoring, and science-based policy advising activities.
One of the main objectives of Biodiversa+ is to promote and support transnational biodiversity monitoring, by building a transnational (pan-European) network of harmonised monitoring schemes on common priorities for Biodiversa+ members. Biodiversa+ will contribute to improving the coverage, representativeness, and harmonisation of monitoring schemes, on collecting new data, on reinforcing national/regional monitoring schemes and on capacity building.
Priorities of the Call
This call is an opportunity to advance knowledge on biodiversity through monitoring, building on previous and existing efforts across Europe and beyond. It aims to support transdisciplinary and transnational research projects with a 3-years duration. Projects should have an overall focus on improving knowledge on species distribution and abundance.
The call covers research on biodiversity conservation in all terrestrial, freshwater, and marine environments in Europe, the Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs), and globally across all continents and oceans. Transdisciplinary research projects are expected to integrate research across relevant scientific disciplines, from natural sciences, technical sciences, social sciences and humanities, and include relevant public and private stakeholders.
Applicants are invited to submit proposals addressing one or more of the three themes outlined in this call. Particularly welcome are development and application of new, and/or evaluation and advancement and upscaling of existing methods, technologies, and approaches for biodiversity monitoring, including its data collection, management, and analysis.
Biodiversa+ strongly supports open science, including open sharing of research data and digital outputs to stimulate novel approaches to the collection, reuse, analysis, validation, and management of data and information, thus increasing the transparency of the research process and robustness of the results.
This call aims to support transnational research projects (3-years duration) addressing one or more of the three (non-exclusive) themes:
Innovation and harmonization of methods and tools for collection and management of biodiversity monitoring data
Addressing knowledge gaps on biodiversity status, dynamics, and trends to reverse biodiversity loss
Making use of available biodiversity monitoring data
Projects combining aspects from several themes are encouraged. The projects funded by this call should allow us 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.
For this call a total amount of over 30 M€ has been provisionally reserved by the participating Funding Organisations.
Duration: The project duration is 3 years.
The call is open to proposals and research consortia that meet the following criteria:
The international, scientific research projects are performed by eligible Organisations. Funding Organisations eligibility criteria apply to research entities and for participation by private sector (profit and non-profit) organisations;
The project coordinator is eligible and employed by an eligible Organisation according to the terms and conditions of the participating Funding Organisation from which he/she applies for support;
The project coordinator (person in charge) can only participate as coordinator in one proposal of this call. Apart from the position of project coordinator, applicants can participate in several proposals (as long as this is in line with their Funding Organisation’s eligibility rules);
The project must be a transnational project involving eligible research Partners from at least three different countries participating in the call and requesting support from at least three different Funding Organisations; including eligible research Partners from at least two different EU Member States or Associated Countries14 participating in the call.
Proposals must be written in English;
The submission of a pre-proposal is compulsory. Applicants cannot submit a proposal at a later stage otherwise;
Pre-proposals and full proposals must be received before the deadlines set for the submission;
Proposals must meet all the formal criteria: submitted electronically, respect page limits and number/type of attachments allowed;
The scope or scale of the proposed research should exceed a single country;
The information given in the pre-proposals is binding. No change regarding the proposals’ content will be allowed by the Call Steering Committee (CSC) between the pre-proposals and full proposals. However, it is still possible to make minor changes to improve your proposal if the objectives remain unchanged (you will have to declare these changes in your full proposal).
For more information, visit https://www.biodiversa.org/2017