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The analysis of national and partner organisations' strategies on biodiversity research, as well as liaison with main European and international initiatives, ensure that BiodivERsA's strategy is coordinated, coherent and relevant.
Apart from developing annual joint calls, BiodivERsA partners pursue a set of other activities which include mapping and horizon scanning activities and the development of best practices and guidelines to promote and enhance the profile of pan-European biodiversity research. In this context, three BiodivERsA reports are now available.
European-wide and international landscape of BiodivERsA
The DLR (Germany) has worked with the BiodivERsA partners on their national or institutional strategies for biodiversity research. A “Synthesis of the national and national funding agencies' strategies and priorities for biodiversity research within Europe” has now been published.
BelsPo, in partnership with the other BiodivERsA partners, has worked on the comparision and analysis of the European policy and strategies. The “BiodivERsA report on EU biodiversity research gaps and priorities and strategic foresight activities” summarizes the results of this work and should permit to position the priorities of BiodivERsA partners and their common priorities within the international and European contexts.
Analysis of the competitive funding landscape for biodiversity research
BiodivERsA has now used the BiodivERsA database to analyse selected features of the European funding landscape for biodiversity research. Since obtaining extensive information on all the competitive funding sources in a given country is hardly reachable, we mainly focused on the funding derived from the Framework programme at the European scale, and on BiodivERsA’s funding agencies at the national one; the latters represent major players within their corresponding country. Though such an analysis does not allow for a complete between-country comparison, it can still elucidate some major trends in the funding of biodiversity research in Europe.
The major objectives were to:
- underline the level of funding encompassing a multitude of funding schemes
- analyse temporal funding trends for the period 2005-2011
- compare the level of funding by national agencies versus the Framework programme (through several key schemes) at the European scale
Results are summarized in booklet format (download here).
We hope that this kind of mapping activity will help a large range of stakeholders (researchers, institutes, funding agencies and policy makers) in getting a more comprehensive view of biodiversity research funding in Europe.
Analysis of temporal and geographical trends in the type of biodiversity research funded on a competitive basis in European countries
BiodivERsA studied 4159 abstracts of projects funded by 15 national funding agencies that are main competitive funding sources for research on biodiversity and ecosystem services at the national scale in Europe, or by the European Commission. Based on a semantic analysis of the texts of these project abstracts, the main goals were to:
- Test the existence of any coherent temporal trends (over the 2004-2011 period) in the type of research funded at the European level in this domain, i.e. when aggregating information from many national funding agencies across Europe;
- Analyse the changes in the type of biodiversity research funded, identifying the main research topics that are decreasingly and increasingly supported over the 2004-2011 period;
- Compare the type of biodiversity research funded between different national agencies that program and fund research in European countries.
Results are summarized in booklet format (download here)
You can download here the annexes