In September 2022, Biodiversa+ launched its BiodivMon call, seeking proposals for 3-years research projects aimed at improving transnational monitoring of biodiversity and ecosystem change.
This call, co-funded by the European Commission, focused on three (non-exclusive) key themes:
- Innovation and harmonisation of methods and tools for the collection and management of biodiversity monitoring data.
- Addressing knowledge gaps related to biodiversity status, dynamics, and trends in order to reverse biodiversity loss.
- Making effective use of available biodiversity monitoring data.
The call attracted a remarkable response, receiving 262 pre-proposals and 108 eligible full proposals. An independent Evaluation Committee rigorously evaluated these submissions, carefully ranking the projects. Subsequently, adhering strictly to the rankings, the Biodiversa+ Call Steering Committee, composed of all participating funding organizations, selected 33 research projects for funding.
This decision represents a substantial financial commitment of over €46 million, including contributions from the European Commission.
These 33 funded projects showcase academic excellence while addressing pressing scientific and societal challenges. They foster collaboration across diverse disciplines and engage a broad spectrum of stakeholders.