2020-2021 COFUND Call for Transnational Research Proposals

Conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems and their biodiversity, including a focus on aquatic systems

The complete Call announcement is available via BiodivERsA  and Water JPI  websites.

This call will cover the following three non-exclusive themes:

  • Studying the biological and biophysical processes at stake for conservation/restoration, and their interactions
  • Assessing trade-offs and synergies between targets, benefits and policies for conservation and restoration
  • Knowledge for improving the effectiveness and upscaling of conservation and restoration actions

This joint call includes a focus on freshwater aquatic systems but ALL ENVIRONMENTS (I.E. TERRESTRIAL, FRESHWATER AND MARINE) ARE ELIGIBLE.

The call has been launched on the 5th of October 2020, with a closing date for pre-proposals on 7 December 2020. The nature of the evaluation at the first step (pre-proposals stage) will depend on the number of pre-proposals received. If a very large number of pre-proposals is received, a first scientific evaluation of pre-proposals will be organized and the deadline to submit full proposals will be the 3rd of May 2021. Otherwise, only an eligibility check of pre-proposals will be performed and the deadline to submit full proposals will be the 15th of March 2021. The actual deadline to submit full proposals will be communicated by the end of December 2020. 

To be eligible, research consortia will have to include participating organisations from a minimum three different countries participating in the call, including at least 2 from EU Member States or EU Associated Countries .

At the moment, 31 funding organisations from 27 countries are planning to join this call and have reserved – together with the European Commission – a total amount of over 20 Million Euro.

BELSPO is contributing to the call with an anticipated budget of 300 000 €.

For more information on the call, including BELSPO eligibility rules, consult the webpage of the call here

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  • Closing date for pre-proposals: 
    7 December 2020
  • Deadline to submit full proposals: 
    3rd of May 2021

Contact Person

Aline van der Werf
Belgian Science Policy
Tel: +32 (0)2 238 36 71