2018 BiodivERsA Joint Call

BiodivERsA Call on Biodiversity and Health

BiodivERsA is pleased to announce the launch of its next call on the theme “Biodiversity and its influence on animal, human and plant health”. This call aims at supporting transnational research projects jointly addressing issues at the nexus of biodiversity and animal, human and/ or plant health (see figure below) across the different relevant spatial, and temporal scales in an effort to support evidence-based decision-making. This Call is open to the Irish Research Community.

2018 BiodivERsA Call figure

This call includes two actions, supporting two different types of research projects:

  • Action A will support collaborative research projects¹, gathering different research teams and generating new primary data;
  • Action B will support research synthesis projects², gathering individuals forming a working group who perform research and answer research questions using existing data sets. These research projects will not collect or produce new primary data, the core activity of these projects being synthesising and/or analysing existing data (synthesising concepts and ideas is also eligible). Note that these projects differ from systematic reviews or knowledge synthesis which are based on a synthesis of publications and reports.

Scientific teams will be invited to form transnational research consortia with:

  • Teams from minimum 3 countries participating in the call for Action A, 
  • Group members from minimum 5 countries participating in the call for Action B.
  • View list of participating countries

The research proposals will be evaluated across criteria of scientific excellence and policy/societal relevance/stakeholder engagement (for more information on stakeholder engagement in funded projects, please check the BiodivERsA Stakeholder Engagement Handbook). It is also expected that the transnational added value of the projects will be clearly demonstrated.

Projects addressing only biodiversity issues or only health issues will not be considered within the scope of the call.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submission of pre-proposals (mandatory): 16th November 2018, 16:00 CET (local time in Brussels)
  • Deadline for submission of full-proposals: between early February and mid-March 2019 (depending of the number of received pre-proposals)


Two webinar sessions will be organised:

  • On 2nd October 2018, from 14:00 to 15:30 CEST (local time in Paris) – Please register before 2 October, 10:00 CEST
  • On 11th October 2018, from 14:00 to 15:30 CEST (local time in Paris) – Please register before 11 October, 10:00 CEST

More Details

More details are available on the BiodivERsA webpage


¹ That is the classical format of research projects funded by BiodivERsA so far.
² This corresponds to the format of projects classically supported by biodiversity/ecology centres like NCEAS, sDiv or CESAB for instance.