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BiodivERsA3 2017-2018 Joint Call
“Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services”

The Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA are pleased to announce the 2017-2018 international call for research proposals on “Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services”
The Call will address the two following major (non-exclusive) priorities:

  • Development and application of scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services across spatial scales of relevance to multiple types of decisions
  • Consideration of multiple dimensions of biodiversity and ecosystem services in biodiversity scenarios

The call aims at supporting proposals that explicitly address a scenario dimension, taking into account the following definition of scenarios: “Scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services are the outputs of the combination of scenarios of indirect drivers and direct drivers — such as land use change, invasive alien species, overexploitation, climate change or pollution — and models of impacts of these drivers on biodiversity and ecosystem services.”

25 funding organisations from 23 countries are joining this call:
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 Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA partners together with the European Commission (EC)* have provisionally reserved more than 25 million Euros for this call.
(*EC contribution is still tentative, pending on the signature of the Grant Agreement of the BiodivScen project)

Scientific teams are invited to form international consortia comprising research groups from at least three countries participating in the call.
Consortia are highly encouraged to 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).

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.

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. For more information on the objectives and possible approaches for stakeholder engagement in research projects, please check the BiodivERsA Stakeholder Engagement Handbook.

A two-step process will apply, with a mandatory pre-registration of projects at the first step and submission of full proposals at the second step. Pre-registrations and full proposals (to be written in English) must be submitted electronically with the Electronic Proposal Submission System (EPSS):

Each research Partner in a project must comply with the eligibility criteria and rules of its funding organisation.


Release date of the call:
Monday 02 October 2017

Deadline for pre-registration (mandatory):
Friday 01 December 2017, 17:00 CET (local time in Brussels)

Deadline for submission of full-proposals:
Friday 09 March 2018, 17:00 CET (local time in Brussels)


For more information on the call, please consult the complete announcement of opportunity (including research priorities, pre-registration and submission forms, and rules and procedures including assessment criteria) either on the BiodivERsA website or Belmont Forum website

If you are looking for a Research Partner for your Project or for a Project to join, please do not hesitate to use the BiodivERsA/Belmont Forum Partner Search Tool.

  • For specific questions related to the budget,
    criteria and rules of your funding organisation
    please consult your Funding organisation’s rules.
    Each research team is encouraged to contact its FCP before submitting a proposal. 

  • For general information on the call,
    please contact the Theme Programme Office (TPO):
    Sophie GERMANN, Scientific project manager,

  • For technical questions regarding the submission,
    please contact the TPO or the EPSS technical helpdesk:
    Taavi Tiirik,

  • For specific BELSPO funding rules, please consult:
    the BELSPO eligibility rules and criteria
    or contact the BELSPO Contact Point (FCP)
    Aline van der Werf
    Belgian Science Policy
    Tel: +32 (0)2 238 36 71

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