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Information für die Wissenschaft Nr. 72 | 15. Oktober 2018
BiodivERsA 2018–2019: Joint Call for Research Proposals on “Biodiversity and its influence on animal, human and plant health”

The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) as a partner of the ERA-Net BiodivERsA is pleased to announce the launch of the 2018–2019 transnational call for research proposals on “Biodiversity and its influence on animal, human and plant health”.

16 funding organisations from 12 countries are joining this call and have provisionally reserved more than 9 million Euros for this call: Austria, Belgium (including specific participation of Wallonia and Flanders), Bulgaria, Estonia*, France (including specific participation of Région Guadeloupe**), Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Switzerland.

* Participation pending final decision (please consult the BiodivERsA website for an updated list of participating countries and regions)

** Région Guadeloupe may allow the participation of teams from the Caribbean basin

Scope of the call

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.

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 (for areas eligible to this call). In this case, applicants have to address the above-mentioned theme(s), but including a European overseas dimension in terms 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 Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) and mainland.

Type of research funded

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 analysing existing data sets (synthesising 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.

Please note that Funding Organisations can participate in Action A or B only, or both. Please check on the BiodivERsA website in which Action your funding organisation is involved. The DFG participates in Action A and Action B.

Further information

BiodivERsA website:

Countries involved in the Call:

Complete announcement of opportunity (including detailed research priorities for the call)

Information on BiodivERsA including eligibility rules and regulations for German funding organisations (DFG and BMBF/PT-DLR):

For queries:

For specific questions related to the criteria and rules of your funding organisation, please consult your funding organisation’s rules and contact your funding organisation’s contact point. The DFG rules can be found at:

DFG contact point for both Actions:

For general information on the call, please contact the relevant call secretariat:

For Action A:

For Action B:


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