The European Biodiversity Partnership, Biodiversa+, a consortium in which the Biodiversity Foundation of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (MITECO) participates, held its General Assembly on September 12-13 in Tbilisi (Georgia).
During the Assembly, the Steering Committee of the second call for grants published by the partnership in September 2022 on biodiversity monitoring (BiodivMon) was held, following the evaluation carried out by an international panel of scientists and biodiversity experts. The Committee has selected 30 to 33 initiatives that stand out for their research excellence for funding by the national partners. At the beginning of December, the final selection of subsidized projects will be announced through the Biodiversa+ website(www.biodiversa.eu), so that they can begin between December 1, 2023 and April 1, 2024. It is worth mentioning that more than half of the transnational projects involve Spanish entities.
The General Assembly of Biodiversa+ has also planned the preparation of the 4th call, which will focus on social transformation (BiodivTransform). A total of 36 organizations from 30 countries will participate in its co-financing, with a budget of some 30 million euros. At the end of October, the theme of the call for proposals will be agreed upon, as well as the experts who will evaluate the call for proposals. A first version of the call text will then be drafted in January 2024, followed by the launch of the final text in September.
On the other hand, within Work Package 2: Monitoring Pilots (WP2) of Biodiversa+, an extension has been agreed to extend the working period of two of the three biodiversity monitoring subpilots, launched in 2023, due to new additions among its partners. The Assembly also approved the launching of three new pilot projects on biodiversity monitoring that will work on monitoring fish in rocky coastal areas (EuRockFish), birds, bats and nocturnal insects through automatic sounds and images (ABMS) and monitoring of grassland and wetland habitats (Habitat). These new pilots will start in 2024.
OPEN CALL FOR RESEARCH TO PROMOTE NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS IN THREE THEMATIC AREAS
The European Biodiversity Partnership, Biodiversa+, launched, last September 11, 2023, its new call for transnational research focused on Nature-Based Solutions for Biodiversity, Human Well-being and Transformative Change (BiodivNBS).
This third call is intended to support transnational, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research on biodiversity. To this end, it will fund 3-year projects, from anywhere in the world, that address at least one of the established research areas. These are, the synergies and trade-offs of SBNs in the context of human well-being; the study of SBNs mitigating anthropogenic drivers of biodiversity loss; the contribution of nature-based solutions for just transformative change.
Forty-one funding agencies from 33 countries are participating in this call for proposals, which, together with the European Commission, have contributed a total amount of some 40 million euros. To be eligible, transnational research consortia must be composed of research partners from a minimum of three different countries participating financially in the call and requesting support from a minimum of three different Funding Organizations, including at least two different EU Member States or EU Associated Countries. Likewise, the updated list of potential participating countries will be published on the Biodiversa+ website. The Biodiversity Foundation of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge is contributing €600,000 to support Spanish entities that develop their projects in the marine and coastal environment.
Regarding the evaluation criteria of the call, it has been established that the research proposals will be evaluated by independent experts, as well as that each participating research partner will comply with the eligibility criteria and the rules of their national/regional funding organizations.
The deadline for submission of proposals is November 10, 2023. The evaluation phase will take into account the scientific excellence, quality, efficiency of execution and social impact of the projects.
The selected projects will start between December 1, 2024 and April 1, 2025.
To learn more about this call “Nature-based solutions for biodiversity, human well-being and transformative change – BiodivNBS” an informative webinar for potential beneficiaries has been convened, which will take place in online format on September 26th, from 13:00 to 15:00 hours.