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


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


Principal 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 is 300 000 € per project, or a maximum of 500 000 € per project if the Swedish project also includes a project coordinator (regardless of how many partners participate in the Swedish project).

Future: Open for applying: 2021-10-05 14:00
Last day of application: 2021-11-30 14:00

All dates are preliminary.

The European Biodiversity Partnership under Horizon Europe will launch its first transnational joint research call on “Supporting the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems across land and sea”.

The European Biodiversity Partnership External link. is the successor of BiodivERsA External link. (the pan-European network of national and regional funding organisations promoting research on biodiversity, ecosystem services and nature-based solutions).

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

Projects should focus on measures regarding protected areas, integrated area-based conservation measures that reconcile conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and measures that contribute to effective protection of species in the wild. 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.

This call will cover 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.

The official launch of the call is planned for early October 2021. Please note that there may be changes in the call text prior to the official launch and publication of the call in Autumn 2021. There will be a two-step application procedure and the preliminary closing date for pre-proposals is the end of November 2021. The pre-proposals will be subjected to an initial evaluation and the preliminary deadline for submission of full proposals is April 2022.

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