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2021-2022 Joint Call
Supporting the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems across land and sea

In October 2021, Biodiversa+ launched its BiodivProtect call on “Supporting the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems across land and sea”.
The call – aiming at supporting 3-years transnational research projects – was co-funded by the European Commission and addressed the three (non-exclusive) themes below:

  • Knowledge for identifying priority conservation areas, establishing effective and resilient ecological networks, enhancing species-based protection and preserving genetic diversity
  • Multiple benefits and costs of biodiversity and ecosystem protection: synergies and trade-offs
  • Effective management and equitable governance to deliver bold conservation outcome

In total, 209 eligible pre-proposals and 106 full proposals were received and evaluated by an independent Evaluation Committee who ranked the projects

Strictly following the ranking established by the independent Evaluation Committee, 36 research projects have been shortlisted and recommended for funding by the Biodiversa+ Call Steering Committee – composed of all the funding organisations participating to the call – pending final decisions by all the national/regional funding organisations.

The 36 shortlisted projects are academically excellent projects, mobilising a wide range of disciplines, engaging many relevant stakeholders, and addressing various pressing scientific and societal issues.

36 projects recommended for funding
  • ALPMEMA: ALPine Mountain Hay MEadows MAnagement: Best practices to maintain their Favorable Conservation Status against underuse under different property right regimes inside and  outside protected areas
  • ARCTIC FOX EUROPE: Identifying effective management strategies for enhancing trans-national metapopulation protection of the Arctic Fox in mainland Europe
  • BECOME: Biospheres as Effective Conservation Measures
  • BIO-JUST: BIOdiversity and ecosystem protection driven by Environmental JUSTice
  • BridgingVALUES: “Just” conservation? Bridging values for equitable biodiversity governance
  • Climate invasives: Minimizing the negative effects of climate change-induced spread of invasive alien species to marine protected areas using species distribution modelling, stakeholder engagement and effective eradication methods
  • ConservES: Living-lab approach to floral enrichment as a tool to conserve biodiversity and maximising ecosystem services in European agricultural landscapes
  • DarCo: The vertical dimension of conservation: A cost-effective plan to incorporate subterranean ecosystems in post-2020 biodiversity and climate change agendas
  • Detect2Protect: New approaches in determining the impacts of chemical pollution to protect the biodiversity of the Baltic Sea
  • DiviN-P: Protecting plant diversity via stoichiometric nutrient networks across Europe
  • EUROPAM: European Spatial-Temporal Large Scale Sea Noise Management & Passive Acoustic Monitoring of Marine Megafauna
  • EUROSYNG: Promoting action on broad ocean challenges by delving into the past, present and future of European syngnathids
  • eWHALE: Combining environmental DNA sampling, whale watching and citizen science for stakeholder-driven marine biodiversity protection in the North-East Atlantic and the Mediterranean
  • FORESCUE: Innovative approaches FOr RESCUE and management of algal forests in the Mediterranean Sea
  • FUNACTION: Aquatic FUNgal biodiversity: developing knowledge and strAtegies to inform ConservaTION priorities and measures
  • FuncNet: Improving the Functional Connectivity of Grassland Networks for Plant-Pollinator Interactions
  • G4B: Grasslands for biodiversity: supporting the protection of the biodiversity-rich grasslands and related management practices in the Alps and Carpathians
  • GaP: Guiding expasion of protection under the EU Biodiversity Startegy: Threatened species and novel methods for Key Biodiversity Area identification
  • GreeNet: Grassland conservation across European landscapes protecting biodiversity and ecosystem services with ecological networks
  • INSPIRE: INtegrated Spatial PlannIng across REalms for biodiversity and human development in a context of change
  • INTEGRADIV: Efficient conservation of Mediterranean forests: an integrative assessment of the drivers and vulnerability of multi-taxa, multi-facet and multi-scale biodiversity patterns
  • MicroEco: MicroEco Microbial Diversity, Ecosystem Services of the Soil Microbiome and Ecosystem Conservation
  • MOVE: Movescapes, connectivity hotspots and eco-evolutionary dynamics: protecting the functional role of predatory coastal fishes
  • MUrFor: Managing sustainable sea urchin fishery and marine forest conservation
  • PAREUS: Providing Adaptive knowledge for Ratcheting up the EU Biodiversity strategy for Sustainable landscapes and protected areas
  • PETRI-MED: Plankton biodiversity through remote sensing and omics in the Mediterranean Sea
  • PrioritIce: Vanishing habitats: conservation priorities for glacier-related biodiversity threatened by climate change
  • ProPartS: Developing strategies for the protection of taxa consisting of interconnected sexual and parthenogenetic reproducing strains
  • RECONNECT: Reconciling fragmented and contested landscapes
  • RecoSal: Recovering diversity in salmon populations and cultures of fishing: the subarctic River Teno basin as a confluence and a Living Lab
  • RIPARIANET: Prioritising riparian ecotones to sustain and connect multiple biodiversity and functional components in river networks
  • SPEAR: Scenarios for Protecting European Avian Redistributions
  • SponBIODIV: Marine sponge biodiversity from genes to ecosystems: delivering knowledge and tools for sustainable management and conservation
  • TRANSNATURE: Transboundary governance models of biodiversity protection: case studies for an enhanced protection of natural resources in Europe
  • TransWILD: Transformative wildlife management to enhance biodiversity protection and ecosystem services provision in shared and protected multi-use landscapes across Europe
  • Wolfness: Preserving the natural heritage of wolves: a multidisciplinary approach towards effective and socially acceptable management of wolf-dog hybridization across Europe.
Evaluation Committee
Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee
  • Chair of the Committee: Kathy MacKinnon
  • Vice-Chair of the Committee: Judith Fisher
Other members of the committee

Scientific experts (23)

  • Kofi Akamani
  • Susan Baker
  • Uta Berger
  • Erika Berenguer
  • Luigi Boitani (step 1 only)
  • Dan Brockington
  • Lena Gustafsson
  • Stephen Hawkins
  • Iryna Herzon
  • Marc Hockings
  • Valdo Kuusemets
  • Hefin Jones
  • Thomas Lacher
  • Julia Leventon
  • Ana Lillebø
  • Richard Nichols
  • Lina Mtwana Nordlund
  • Nova Mieszkowska
  • Piotr Nowicki
  • Karen Richardson (step 1 only)
  • John Robinson
  • Andrew Tanentzap
  • Stephen Woodley

Policy/management experts (22)

  • Gemma Boetekees
  • Karma Bouazza
  • Peter Bridgewater
  • Claire Brown
  • Sue Collins
  • Roberto Crosti
  • Charly Facheux Tchoufong
  • Adriana Ford
  • Simon Gardner
  • Ana Maria Hernandez Salgar
  • Katia Hueso
  • Lawrence Jones-Walter
  • Manuel Lago
  • Vinod Mathur
  • Angela Morgado
  • Monipher Musasa
  • Valerie Nelson
  • Nicholas Ozor
  • Kent Redford (step 1 only)
  • Sunandan Tiwari
  • James Watson
  • Alison Woodley
Funding Organisations
!! We draw your attention on the specific Funding Organisation Rules. Compliance with Funding Organisation eligibility criteria and rules (e.g. eligible budget items) is mandatory; it is thus strongly recommended that applicants approach their respective Funding organisation Contact Point to make sure they respect all the eligibility criteria and rules. !!

>> Download the Funding Organisations rules <<

FILE UPDATED: 06/01/2022


In the context of the Biodiversa+ First Joint Call, the funding organisations, together with the European Commission (EC), have provisionally reserved over 40M€.

Each participant in a funded project will be funded by his or her national/regional organisation(s) participating in the call.

!! Please make sure to check budget request limits in the Funding Organisations’ rules !!


Funding organisation


Reserved budget  in euros (€)

Austria Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung FWF 1,300,000 €
Belgium Service Public Fédéral de Programmation Politique Scientifique BELSPO 500,000 – 750,000 €
Belgium (Flanders) Fonds Voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek-Vlaanderen FWO# 750,000 €
Belgium (Wallonia-Brussels) Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique F.R.S.-FNRS# 300,000 €
Bulgaria Bulgarian National Science Fund BNSF# 306,775 €
Brazil Brazilian National Council of State Funding Agencies CONFAP# 1,020,000 € (final budget to be confirmed
Brazil Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development CNPq# 100,000 €
Czech Republic Technology Agency of the Czech Republic TA CR# 730,000 €
Denmark Innovation Fund Denmark IFD# 1,000,000 – 1,200,000
Estonia Sihtasutus Eesti Teadusagentuur ETAg# 150,000 €
Estonia Estonian Ministry of the Environment MoE_EE# 100,000 €
Estonia Estonian Ministry of Rural Affairs MEM# 100,000 €
Finland Suomen Akatemia AKA# 850,000 €
Finland Ministry of the Environment MoE_FI# 250,000 – 400,000 €
France Agence Nationale de la Recherche ANR# 2,000,000 €
Germany VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH VDI/VDE-IT (on behalf of BMBF) 2,000,000 €
Germany Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. DFG 1,500,000 €
Greece General Secretariat for Research and Innovation GSRI# 500,000 €
Hungary Nemzeti Kutatási, Fejlesztési és Innovációs Hivatal NKFIH# 250,000 €
Iceland Icelandic Centre for Research RANNIS# 700,000 €
Ireland Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland Irish EPA# 600,000 – 1,250,000 €
Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection MoEP# 250,000 €
Italy Ministry of Universities and Research MUR# 2,000,000 €
Italy Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen PROV.BZ# 500,000 €
Latvia Latvian Council of Science LCS# 300,000 €
Latvia State Education Development Agency VIAA# 300,000 €
Lithuania Lietuvos mokslo taryba LMT# 150,000 €
Moldova National Agency for Research and Development NARD# 100,000 €
Morocco Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research MENFPESRS# 300,000 €
Netherlands Dutch Research Council NWO# 1,400 000 €
Norway Research Council of Norway RCN# 3,000,000 €
Poland Narodowe Centrum Nauki NCN 500,000 – 1,000,000 €
Portugal Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia FCT# 400,000 €
Portugal – Azores Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia FRCT# 200,000 €
Romania Unitatea Executivă pentru Finanțarea Învățământului Superior, a Cercetării, Dezvoltării și Inovării UEFISCDI# 500,000 €
Slovakia Slovak Academy of Sciences SAS# 240,000 €
Slovenia Ministry of Education, Science and Sport MIZS# 630,000 €
South Africa Department of Science and Innovation DSI# 400,000 €
Spain Fundación Biodiversidad FB# 500,000 €
Spain Agencia Estatal de Investigación AEI# 1,500,000 €
Sweden The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning Formas# 2,300,000 – 2,750,000 €
Switzerland Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF 1,830,000 €
Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology MOST# 500,000 €
Tunisia Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research MHESR# 300,000 €
Turkey Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry TAGEM# 200,000 €
Turkey Turkiye Bilimsel Ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu TUBITAK# 350,000 €