BiodivERsA is a network of 31 research-funding agencies across 18 European countries. It is an ERA-NET Co-fund, funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
BiodivERsA works to coordinate national research programmes on biodiversity across Europe and to organize international funding for research projects in this field, on a competitive basis:
- In 2008, BiodivERsA launched a major European call on biodiversity, through which 12 international research projects have been selected and supported for a total funding of €14.2M.
- The consortium has launched a second European call on "biodiversity and ecosystem services" in November 2010, through which 7 projects were selected for €9.5M.
- In November 2011, BiodivERsA partners have launched the Network's third call for research proposals on "biodiversity dynamics: developing scenarios, identifying tipping points and improving reslience" for a total reserved budget between 6 and 8M€.
- In November 2012 a call for research proposals on "invasive species and biological invasions" was published. 9 projects were funded for a total amount of €8,9M.
- In November 2013, a call on "Promoting synergies and reducing trade-offs between food supply, agriculture and ecosystem services" was jointly launched with FACCE-JPI. 10 projects were funded for a total amount of €10,3M.
- In May 2015, BiodivERsA launched a major call, co-funded by the European Commission on the themes: "Understanding and managing biodiversity dynamics to improve ecosystem functioning and delivery of ecosystem services in a gobal change context: the cases of (1) soils and sediments, and (2) land-, river- and sea-scapes (habitat connectivity, green and blue infrastructures and naturing cities)". A budget of ca. €30 million has been provisionally reserved for this call.