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International joint call of BiodivERsA and Belmont Forum on «Scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services»

ANR joins the ERA-NET BiodivERsA and Belmont Forum to launch a call for proposals to fund international research proposals on scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services. 25 national/regional funding organisations from 23 countries are joining this call co-funded by the European Commission and the following members’ countries: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil (State of Sao Paulo only), Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Ivory Coast, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United States of America.

The loss of biodiversity and the deterioration of ecological services or "ecosystemic services" are increasing at an unprecedented rate on both the European and global scale. This damage is impacting not just the natural world but human society as a whole. Financial support to the sciences related to biodiversity scientific questions should therefore provide a mean towards new answers for major societal and global problems.

The aim of this new call for proposals is to support the development of international collaborative projects addressing the following theme on scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Scientific teams are invited to form international consortia comprising research groups from at least three countries participating in the call. Proposals should also clearly demonstrate the added value linked to the international nature of the projects and to the level of collaboration between teams from different countries.

Consortia should involve at least two teams from two different EU Member States or H2020 Associated Countries to be eligible for EC funding (here: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey).

Together with the European Commission, an overall budget of ca. €25M has been provisionally reserved. ANR confirmed its contribution to the call for a maximum amount of €2 M.

Proposals will be evaluated according to criteria of (i) scientific excellence, (ii) policy relevance and societal impact (which includes stakeholder engagement), and (iii) quality and efficiency of the project implementation.

General information

Pre-registrations and full proposals (to be written in English) must be submitted electronically with the Electronic Proposal Submission System (EPSS). You will find all submission information on BiodivERsA and Belmont Forum websites.

Funding organisation contact point for ANR and Call Secretariat (« Theme Programme Office »):

Sophie GERMANN, Scientific project manager, +33 1 80 48 83 56, sophie.germann@nullagencerecherche.fr

Maurice HERAL, Programme manager, +33 1 78 09 80 33, maurice.heral@nullagencerecherche.fr 

We invite you to regularly consult the BiodivERsA and Belmont Forum websites, on which you will find all updated information on the call (see above).

Whilst applications will be submitted jointly by research Partners from several countries, individual partners will be funded by the funding organisation of their country/region. French applicants are therefore subject to the ANR eligibility criteria and funding of French applicants will be regulated according to the ANR rules. We also invite you to read carefully the “Appendix for French participants” (see above).

Release date of the call: Thursday 12 October 2017

Deadline for submission of pre-proposals: Friday 1 December 2017 17:00

Deadline for submission of proposals: Friday 9 March 2018 17:00