The call aims at supporting proposals that explicitly address a scenario dimension, taking into account the following definition of scenarios: “Scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services are the outputs of the combination of scenarios of indirect drivers and direct drivers — such as land use change, invasive alien species, overexploitation, climate change or pollution — and models of impacts of these drivers on biodiversity and ecosystem services.”

Scientific teams are invited to form international consortia comprising research groups from at least three countries participating in the call. Proposals should also clearly demonstrate the added value linked to the international nature of the projects and to the level of collaboration between teams from different countries.  Consortia are highly encouraged to involve at least two teams from two different EU Member States or H2020 Associated Countries to be eligible for EC funding.

Eligibility of projects and research groups

The call is open to proposals and research consortia that meet the following criteria:

  1. The international, scientific research projects are performed by eligible research organisations. National/regional eligibility criteria (see funding organisations’ rules) apply to research organisations and for participation by private sector (profit and non-profit) organisations
  2. The main applicant is employed by an eligible organisation in one of the countries participating to the call
  3. The project proposal involves teams from at least three different countries participating in the joint Belmont Forum / BiodivERsA call and will be supported by at least three different funders.
  4. The project duration is 3 years.
  5. Proposals must be written in English.
  6. The scope or scale of the proposed research should exceed a single country.

Funding Available

  • Canadian teams participating in this call will be funded by NSERC, which has earmarked $300,000 annually over three years for this initiative.  Funding of up to $75,000 per project over three years will be available to Canadians in successful consortia.
    • Proposals will be evaluated according to criteria of (i) scientific excellence, (ii) policy relevance and societal impact (which includes stakeholder engagement), and (iii) quality and efficiency of the project implementation.

Useful Links

  • Full details regarding the Biodiversa 2017-2018 Joint Call here


*A two-step process will include a mandatory pre-registration and submission of full proposals. Both submissions must be done electronically via the EU’s Electronic Proposal Submission System (EPSS).

CORIS Internal Review  Please contact Heloise Emdon
cuResearch Checklist  November 24, 2017
Submission to Sponsor
  • December 01, 2017 (mandatory pre-registration)
  • March 09, 2018 (full-proposal)
5:00 P.M CET (Central European Time)

Submitting Your Checklist

  • Checklists must be submitted via cuResearch, through which the Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact Heloise Emdon.