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BiodivERsA: 2015 Joint call
In this co-funded Joint Call, BiodivERsA has chosen to support research for understanding and managing biodiversity dynamics to improve ecosystem functioning and delivery of ecosystem services in a global change context. The call will be co-funded by the European Commission and will specifically cover the two following independent themes:

Theme #1: Understanding and managing the biodiversity dynamics of soils and sediments to improve ecosystem functioning and delivery of ecosystem services.

Theme #2: Understanding and managing biodiversity dynamics in land-, river- and sea-scapes (habitat connectivity, green and blue infrastructures, and naturing cities) to improve ecosystem functioning and delivery of ecosystem services.

The call was launched on 14 May 2015, with a closing date between December 2015 and February 2016.

A two-step process will apply, with a mandatory submission of pre-proposals at first step (deadline: 20 July 2015). Pre-proposals and proposals (in English) must be submitted electronically on the submission website.

Scientific teams will be invited to form transnational research consortia with teams from minimum 3 countries participating in the call, except for proposals including research groups from outermost regions and overseas countries and territories for which it suffices if the research groups come from two different countries and the proposal concerns three different funding organisations.

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

The indicative global budget for this call is ca. 30 million euro.

24 national/regional funding organisations from 15 countries are joining this call:
Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey