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2018 call for research projects of the CEntre for the Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity (CESAB)

CESAB (the Centre for the Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity) was created in 2010 by the Biodiversity Research Foundation (FRB) to promote high-level research activities devoted to the synthesis of ideas and to data analysis in the field of biodiversity.

CESAB offers a place and time to allow experts of all nationalities, under the guidance of a researcher from a French research institution, to collaborate and capitalize on existing data to answer a major scientific question. It does not support the collection of new observational or experimental data.

CESAB supports groups of international experts who synthesize ideas, concepts and data with a view to significantly advancing the knowledge front on key questions at all spatial and temporal scales in the world, general thematic field of biodiversity.
CESAB group members share their expertise and share available data to answer these questions.


Through a merit-based selection process four projects can be funded in 2018 including one project on coral reefs.

As 2018 is the international year for coral reefs, the FRB, in partnership with AFB and the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition, will finance a project on this theme. Projects will be considered to better take into account the ecological trajectories and functionalities of these ecosystems for the definition of ecological status indicators.


The text of the call for projects and submission guidelines for the 2018 call is available.
The projects funded in 2014 and 2015 can be found here.


Opening of applications for pre-projects: April 3rd 2018
The deadline for submitting pre-proposals: May 2nd 2018 at 1pm
Submission of full Proposals: June 29th 2018 at 1pm


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Call for ideas on the characterization of animal biological resources

The aim of this call is to improve the characterization of the collections. The only samples concerned are the ones already hosted by CRB-Anim members or which will be deposited there in the framework of the submitted project. ome of the collections hosted by CRB-Anim are described on the ECOSCOPE portal and can be found by searching for the term “crb-anim” on the portal: and for some in specific documents.

In cases where the collections are not described on the ECOSCOPE portal, the CRB-Anim collections can be found here in separate tables :

The full text of the call can be found here

Themes of the call:

1. Sequencing or SNP genotyping of samples from:

- individuals for studies on genetic diversity within a domestic species and/or its wild relatives,
- individuals carrying rare phenotypes or phenotypes of biomedical interest, with an aim to facilitate the identification of the causal mutation; the study can examine tissues preserved in paraffin blocks

2. Functional RNA sequencing analyses to improve the genome annotation in a non model domestic species

3. Biochemical or proteomic analyses of biological tissues or fluids which can contribute to the phenotyping of individuals with conserved samples

4. Genetic factors which regulate the success of biotechnologies for reproduction:
- study of the effect of physiological and genetic characteristics of individual hosts on their ability to ensure the survival of transplanted cells of interest (germ stem cells, iPSC, reprogrammed somatic cells), with the aim of transmitting the donor genome.
- transcriptome of the early embryo in order to better understand the factors which determine the success of the use of embryos for population recovery

5. Comparative analysis of gamete methylation between species, in connection with genome compaction (and if possible with the fertilising ability of the gametes)

6. Epigenetic analysis of embryonic germ cells, sperm and adult germ stem cells in connection with their functional abilities.

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The project applications must be submitted at the following address:

The CRB-Anim call for ideas is open until 5 pm Friday 2 September

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