The funding program is aimed at researchers working in the field of biodiversity research at universities, non-academic research institutions, and research departments in related sectors.
The European Partnership Biodiversa+ is intended to strengthen European research on biodiversity. It makes important contributions to the development of a research and innovation agenda for nature-based approaches, their dissemination in a national context, and support for relevant research. These contributions also include the efficient mapping of the European R&D landscape in the field of biodiversity, including specific research infrastructures, as well as capacity building for researchers at the interface of science and society/policy.
Funding period and funding amount
The maximum funding period is 36 months.
The requirements and specifications for the FWF program Principal Investigator Projects apply.
Information on the current call "Nature-Based Solutions for Biodiversity, Human Well-Being and Transformative Change – BiodivNBS"
This call aims to support transnational research projects (three years in duration) addressing one or more of the three (non-exclusive) themes below:
- Synergies and trade-offs of nature-based solutions in the context of human well-being
- Nature-based solutions mitigating anthropogenic drivers of biodiversity loss
- The contribution of nature-based solutions for just transformative change
Research focusing on all environments (i.e. terrestrial, inland freshwater including wetlands, and marine) will be eligible for funding.
Research teams will be invited to form transnational research consortia with eligible partners from a minimum of three countries participating in the call (including at least two from EU Member States or EU Associated Countries).
Funding organisations from 34 countries are planning to join this call: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada (Québec), Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Morocco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Tunisia, and Türkiye. Please see the Biodiversa+ website for a complete list of potential participating countries.
Decided by the Scientific Board based on a recommendation of the Call Secretariat.
A two-step process will apply, with a mandatory pre-registration of projects in the first step and submission of full proposals in the second step. Pre-registrations and full proposals (to be written in English) must be submitted electronically using the Electronic Proposal Submission System (EPSS). The link to the EPSS will be available on the Biodiversa+ website.
- Deadline for pre-proposal submission (mandatory): November 10, 2023, 3:00 pm
- Deadline for full-proposal submission: April 9, 2024, 3:00 pm
- Funding decision: estimated December 2024
In addition to the application submitted to the Call Secretariat, administrative and financial data as well as project abstracts (in accordance with the FWF guidelines for Principal Investigator Projects) must also be submitted online to the FWF at https://elane.fwf.ac.at/.
This is already required in the pre-registration stage, under the program category “PIK – International Programs – pre-proposal,” deadline November 10, 2023, 3:00 pm. For the full proposal stage, applicants must choose the program category “PIN – International Programs” (Deadline April 9, 2024, 3:00 pm). Both steps are mandatory.
Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
- The maximum amount that can be requested for Austrian project partners is €300,000.
- The application procedure has been changed from ad personam funding to institutional funding (PROFI). Please note that in PROFI mode, the application must be approved for submission by the research institution. For this purpose the research institution must be registered on the FWF’s research institution portal.
- Detailed information: Biodiversa+
For specific questions related to the budget, criteria, and rules of your funding organization, please consult your funding organization’s rules and contact your Funding Organization Contact Point (FCP) - available here.