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BiodivERsA is a European network of 32 research-funding agencies across 19 European countries.

Created in 2005, BiodivERsA has received funding from the European Commission under the 6th and 7th European Framework Programme for Research and since 2015 under the Horizon 2020 Framework programme for Research and Innovation.

BiodivERsA works to coordinate national research programmes on biodiversity across Europe and to organize international funding for research projects in this field, on a competitive basis.

Over the past years, BiodivERsA partners have joined forces to develop a wide range of activities ranging from the mapping of the research landscape on biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe to research programming and funding. Besides, the network supports stakeholder engagement all along the research process and contribute to the dissemination of research outputs and knowledge brokerage.

 

Research funding

Over 2008-2014, BiodivERsA launched 5 calls for proposals for a total amount of almost 100 million Euros, including 51 million Euro directly raised by BiodivERsA partners.

A particularity of the network is that it developed an approach to specifically fund excellent, multidisciplinary research responding to society and policy relevant issues on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

  • In 2008, BiodivERsA launched a major European call on biodiversity, through which 12 international research projects have been selected and supported for a total funding of €14.2M.
  • The consortium has launched a second European call on "biodiversity and ecosystem services" in November 2010, through which 7 projects were selected for €9.6M.
  • In November 2011, BiodivERsA partners have launched the Network's third call for research proposals on "biodiversity dynamics: developing scenarios, identifying tipping points and improving resilience", through which it selected 8 projects for a total of 8.8M€
  • In November 2012 a call for research proposals on "invasive species and biological invasions" was published. 9 projects were funded for a total amount of €8,9M.
  • In November 2013, a call on "Promoting synergies and reducing trade-offs between food supply, agriculture and ecosystem services" was jointly launched with FACCE-JPI. 10 projects were funded for a total amount close to €10,2M.
  • In May 2015, BiodivERsA launched a major call, co-funded by the European Commission on the themes: "Understanding and managing biodiversity dynamics to improve ecosystem functioning and delivery of ecosystem services in a gobal change context: the cases of (1) soils and sediments, and (2) land-, river- and sea-scapes (habitat connectivity, green and blue infrastructures and naturing cities)". A budget of ca. €30 million has been provisionally reserved for this call.

 

The involvement of stakeholders throughout the entire research process

BiodivERsA promotes the engagement of stakeholders all along the research process, from the definition of the programs to the dissemination of research results, as well as through the involvement of stakeholders in the design and implementation of funded projects.

BiodivERsA notably developed practical tools for researchers to help them identify and involve stakeholders in their research projects (for more information, consult the BiodivERsA Stakeholder Engagement Handbook). At the end of the funded research projects, BiodivERsA contributes to the dissemination of results and knowledge transfer to stakeholders and policy makers. This is achieved for instance through the development of policy briefs with recommendations for policy-makers linking the new knowledge generated by projects funded by BiodivERsA to major European policies.

 

FRB’s role in BiodivERsA

The FRB coordinates BiodivERsA since 2008 and hosts its secretariat. The Coordinator of the European project is Xavier LE ROUX. The Executive Director of the BiodivERsA3 Secretariat is Claire Blery, while Frédéric Lemaître is responsible for the interface between science, society and policy. Because of its position as coordinator, the FRB plays a key role in the implementation of several project activities and is in charge of developing and updating the strategic roadmap of the project, promoting  the interface between science and society and science and policy throughout the research process and also implementing the network’s communications activities.

 

For more information, please consult the BiodivERsA website