BiodivERsA: Supporting Transnational Research Projects

Deadline: 16 November 2018

BiodivERsA has announced the launch of its 2018-2019 Call on the theme “”Biodiversity and its Impact on Animal, Human and Plant Health”.

This call aims at supporting transnational research projects jointly addressing issues at the nexus of biodiversity and animal, human and/ or plant health across the different relevant spatial, and temporal scales in an effort to support evidence-based decision-making. Projects addressing only biodiversity issues or only health issues will not be considered within the scope of the call.

BiodivERsA – the network programming and funding research on biodiversity and ecosystem services across European countries and territories.

BiodivERsA is a network of 35 agencies and ministries from 23 European countries programming and funding pan-European research on biodiversity and ecosystem services on a competitive basis. It is an ERA-NET Co-fund, funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

Since its beginning in 2005, BiodivERsA has launched 7 calls for proposals for a total amount of 180 million euro (including 115 million euro of money directly raised by BiodivERsA partners and the European Commission) to fund around 70 pan-European research projects selected for both their scientific excellence and societal/policy relevance.


The Call addresses the following major themes:

  • Relationship between biological diversity and animal, human and/or plant health: effects and underlying mechanisms
  • Understanding and predicting the integrated effects of global change factors on biodiversity-related health issues
  • Valuing/qualifying biodiversity benefits to animal, human and plant health, and promoting health-friendly biodiversity status as well as biodiversity-based health status
  • In addition, the intention is also to fund proposals specifically focusing on biodiversity-health relations in European overseas. In this case, applicants have to address the above-mentioned theme(s), but including a European overseas dimension in term of the issues addressed, models/systems/areas covered, and stakeholders considered in their project. The objective here is that projects would involve research teams from both ORs and OCTs and mainland.

Types of Research Fund

This call will include two actions, supporting two different types of research projects:

  • Action A will support collaborative research projects, gathering different research teams generating new knowledge in particular based on the production of new primary data;
  • Action B will support research synthesis projects, gathering individuals forming a working group which perform research and answer research questions using existing data sets. These research projects will not collect or produce new primary data; the core activity of these projects being synthesizing and/or analyzing existing datasets (synthesizing concepts and ideas is also eligible). Note that these projects differ from systematic reviews or knowledge synthesis which are based on a synthesis of publications and reports.

Funding Information

17 funding organisations from 12 countries are joining this call and have provisionally reserved more than 9 million Euros for this call.

Eligibility Criteria

Scientific teams are invited to form transnational research consortia comprising:

  • FOR ACTION A: research partners from minimum 3 countries participating in Action A;
  • FOR ACTION B: researchers from minimum 5 countries participating in Action B.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted at the address given on the website.

Eligible Countries: Austria, Belgium (including specific participation of Wallonia and Flanders), Bulgaria, Estonia, France (including specific participation of Région Guadeloupe and Région Réunion), Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Switzerland.

For more information, please visit 2018-2019 Call.


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