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BiodivERsA is a network of agencies and ministries from European countries programming and funding pan-European research on biodiversity and ecosystem services on a competitive basis. In its current phase (BiodivERsA3) it is an ERA-NET Co-fund, funded under the

DFG joined BiodivERsA in December 2009. Since its beginning in 2005, BiodivERsA has launched 8 calls for proposals. Until now around 70 pan-European research projects have been funded.

For main achievements of BiodivERsA for research on biodiversity, ecosystem services and nature-based solutions over 2008-2018, see 

Current Call 2018/2019: Biodiversity and its influence on animal, human and plant health:

On 1 October 2018, a new Call for proposals on biodiversity and its influence on animal, human and plant health was launched. Eligible consortia can submit their full proposal until 8th February 2019, 16:00 CET. Besides submitting the full proposal via BiodivERsA’s EPSS system, for all German applicants submitting the full proposal via DFG’s Elan system is mandatory.

Calls of BiodivERsA:

ERA-Net BiodivERsA1: 2005-2010 (without DFG)

  • Call 2008:
    Biodiversity: linking scientific advancement to policy and practice (without DFG)

ERA-Net BiodivERsA2: 2010-2014

  • Call 2010-2011:
    Biodiversity and ecosystem services and their valuation (with DFG)
  • Call 2011-2012:
    Biodiversity dynamics: developing scenarios, identifying tipping points and improving resilience (without DFG)
  • Call 2012-2013:
    Invasive species and biological invasions (with DFG)
  • Call 2013-2014:
    Promoting synergies and reducing trade-offs between food supply, biodiversity and ecosystem services (without DFG)

ERA-Net Cofund BiodivERsA3: 2/2015-1/2020

  • Co-fund Call 2015-2016:
    Understanding and managing biodiversity dynamics to improve ecosystem functioning and delivery of ecosystem services in a global change context: the cases of soils and sediments, and land- river and sea-scapes (habitat connectivity, green and blue infrastructures, and naturing cities) (with DFG)
  • Current Call 2018:
    Biodiversity and its influence on animal, human and plant health

ERA-Net Cofund BiodivScen (BiodivERsA together with Belmont Forum): 10/2017-9/2022

  • Co-fund Call 2017-2018:
    Biodiversity Scenarios and Ecosystem services (with DFG)

BiodivERsA Partnership (5/2018-4/2023)

Being prepared for the future: Even though BiodivERsA 3 is still funded until beginning of 2020, funding agencies agreed to continue their successful cooperation in a partnership.

The BiodivERsA partnership is a network of national and regional organisations that program and fund research on biodiversity, ecosystem services (or nature’s contributions to people) and nature-based solutions. Through BiodivERsA, these organisations aim at promoting trans-national research, and offering innovative, science-based opportunities for the conservation and sustainable management and use of biodiversity.

The BiodivERsA Partner Organisations aim at tackling grand challenges related to biodiversity and at integrating national to local programmes and funds to increase resource efficiency and synergy and build up the European Research Area for biodiversity and Nature-based Solutions.

The BiodivERsA Partnership was established in mid 2018 between:

  • Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Austria
  • Belgian Science Policy Office (BelSPO), Belgium
  • The National Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS), Belgium
  • The Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO), Belgium
  • National Science Fund Bulgaria (NFSB), Bulgaria
  • Estonian Research Council (ETAg), Estonia
  • Academy of Finland (AKA), Finland
  • French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB), France
  • French National Research Agency (ANR), France
  • French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (MEDDE), France
  • New Caledonian Economic Development Agency (ADECAL), France
  • Guadeloupe Region (GUA-REG), France
  • French Guyana Region (GUY-REG), France
  • Reunion Region (RR), France
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
  • German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V., DFG), Germany
  • Ministry of Agriculture (FM), Hungary
  • The Irish Environment Protection Agency (Irish EPA), Ireland
  • Ministry of Environmental Protection, Israel
  • Latvian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (MoEPRD), Latvia
  • Research Council of Lithuania (RCL), Lithuania
  • Research Council of Norway (RCN), Norway
  • National Science Centre (NCN), Poland
  • Portuguese national funding agency for science, research and technology (FCT), Portugal
  • Regional Fund for Science and Technology (FRCT), Portugal
  • The Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI), Romania
  • Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS), Slovakia
  • Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, State Research Agency (MINECO-AEI), Spain
  • Regional Government of the Canary Islands (GOBCAN), Spain
  • Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Formas), Sweden
  • Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Sweden
  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Switzerland
  • The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), The Netherlands
  • Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock (MFAL), Turkey
  • Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), United Kingdom

Coordinator: Xavier Le Roux, French Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA), France

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