European Biodiversity Partnership: Supporting research for the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems across land and sea


Transnational research projects that contribute new scientific knowledge and solutions for more effective and integrative biodiversity management and ecosystem protection.


Principal applicants and co-applicants must have completed their PhD degree and be affiliated with a Swedish higher education institution, research institute or government agency with a research assignment that meets the Formas requirements for administrating organisations.


Maximum funding from Formas is 300 000 euro per proposal, or a maximum of 500 000 euro per proposal if the Swedish applicant is also the project coordinator (regardless of how many Swedish partners participate in the project).

Current: 41 Days left. Apply before: 2021-11-30 15:00

The European Biodiversity Partnership under Horizon Europe External link. will launch its first transnational joint research call on “Supporting biodiversity and ecosystem protection across land and sea” on October 1st 2021.

This call aims to support about 30 transnational research projects that will run for three years. Formas will contribute up to 2 750 000 euro for Swedish participation in this call.

This call aims to support research on the following three non-exclusive themes:

  1. Knowledge for identifying priority conservation areas, establishing effective and resilient ecological networks, enhancing species-based protection and preserving genetic diversity,
  2. Multiple benefits and costs of biodiversity and ecosystem protection: synergies and trade-offs,
  3. Effective management and equitable governance to deliver bold conservation outcomes.

Projects combining aspects from several themes are encouraged. This call is focused on the protection of biodiversity in the wild. This does not, for example, include efforts for restoration of habitats and species, or ex-situ conservation.

The call covers all environments, i.e. terrestrial, freshwater and marine. It also covers research on biodiversity conservation in the Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) of the EU.

Research teams will be invited to form transnational research consortia with eligible partners from minimum 3 countries participating in the call (including minimum two from EU Member States or EU Associated Countries).

Proposals have to be exclusively written in English.


A two-step process will apply, with a mandatory submission of pre-proposals at the first step and submission of full proposals at the second step, via an Electronic Proposal Submission System (EPSS). The link to the EPSS will be available soon on the Biodiversa website.

  • The official launch of the call is on 1 October 2021.
  • The closing date for pre-proposals is 30 November 2021, 15:00 CET
  • The deadline for submission of full proposals is 14 April 2022, 15:00 CEST

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