2020-2021 COFUND Call for Transnational Research Proposals on “Conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems and their biodiversity, including a focus on aquatic systems”
[NB: the call includes a focus on aquatic systems but all environments are eligible]
BiodivERsA and Water JPI are pleased to announce that their transnational 2020-2021 joint Call on “Conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems and their biodiversity, including a focus on aquatic systems” is now open.
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.
Research teams will be invited to form transnational research consortia with eligible partners from minimum 3 countries participating in the call (including minimum two from EU Member States or EU Associated Countries).
For applicants from the overseas: provided the latter criterion is met (Partners from at least two different EU Member States or Associated Countries participating in the call), for proposals including Partners from outermost regions and overseas countries and territories participating in the call, the outermost regions and overseas countries and territories can be counted as a specific participating country (for the criteria: at least three different countries).
A two-step process will apply, with a mandatory submission of pre-proposals at the first step and submission of full proposals at the second step, via an Electronic Proposal Submission System (EPSS). The link to the EPSS will be available soon on the BiodivERsA and Water JPI websites.
Launch of the call: Monday 5 October 2020
Deadline for pre-proposals submission (mandatory): Monday 7 December 2020, 16:00 CET (local time in Brussels)
Please note that 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 3 May 2021.
Otherwise, only an eligibility check of pre-proposals will be performed and the deadline to submit full proposals will be the 15 March 2021.
The actual deadline to submit full proposals will be communicated by the end of December 2020.