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2017-2018 Belmont Forum / BiodivERsA Joint Call on "Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services"

BiodivERsA and the Belmont Forum are pleased to announce the 2017-2018 international call for research proposals on “Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services”.

25 funding organisations from 23 countries including Ireland are joining this call. There is €0.5m available for Irish researchers. This funding includes €0.25m from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and €0.25m from the Marine Institute (MI) towards marine-related proposals. Other counties involved in the call are:
Argentina, Austria, Belgium#, Brazil (State of Sao Paulo only), Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, 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.

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.”

For questions related to national/regional eligibility rules and national/regional administrative requirements, please contact your Funding organisation Contact Point - Alice Wemaere - a [dot] wemaere [at] epa [dot] ie

Full details of the call are available from the BiodivERsA website.

Deadline for pre-registration (mandatory): Friday 01 December 2017, 17:00 CET (local time in Brussels)

Deadline for submission of full-proposals: Friday 09 March 2018, 17:00 CET (local time in Brussels)


Expiration Date: 
Friday, 1 December, 2017