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BiodivERsA – Joint call for proposals - WC0715

Defra contribution to a common call to be administered by BiodivERsA.

Defra and NERC are UK partners in the European Research Area Network (ERA-Net) on biodiversity (Biodiversa). There are 19 partners from 14 MS in total. The aims of Biodiversa are to improve the co-ordination of biodiversity research between Member States, to share best practice in research procurement and to develop a ‘common call’ for research. It is envisaged that the common call for research would address major shared research priorities, including research related to Overseas Territories and International Development. The mechanism for such a common call has still to be determined, but it is likely that national research funders would be responsible for funding their own national institutes. Under new proposals for ERA-Nets Plus, the EC would provide funds from FP7 to supplement MS funding.

The arrangements are complicated but there is significant potential for Defra to obtain added value for any Defra funds contributed to the common call. Total budgets have not been finalised but could be in the range of 5-15m Euro pa.

The topics being considered for a common call are:
1. Understand and predict consequences of biodiversity changes on ecosystem functioning and services;
2. Step up assessment of biodiversity at population, species and community level in Europe and provide wide access to this information
3. Scientific contribution to policies and conservation actions
Application of the results will depend on the eventual specification of the common call. The benefits are expected to be an improved evidence base for development of biodiversity policy in the UK, Europe and in UK policy on OTs and International Development. The process is also intended to improve coherence and capacity at a European level.
Project Documents
• IR - Interim Report : WC0715   (11k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2008

To: 2012

Cost: £700,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Natural Environment Research Council
Environmental Protection              
Nature conservation              
Wildlife conservation              
Fields of Study
Wildlife Conservation