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.

# confirmed for the Wallonia-Brussels Federation; decision for the federal level still pending

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.

Information on the objectives and possible approaches for stakeholder engagement in research projects: 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). The link to the EPSS will be available on the Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA websites.

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

Deadline for pre-registration (mandatory): 011217

Deadline for submission of full-proposals: 090318