The BiodivERsA RIS compiles information on European, national and regional funding programmes and funding organisations supporting biodiversity research
To access BiodivERsA database, click here.
(The access to the database will be released in May 2013)
BiodivERsA database, an efficient tool for biodiversity scientists
Calls for biodiversity experts in Estonia? In Portugal? In France? How could a Swedish scientist know about it except through BiodivERsA database? The application counts over 100 funding organisations, 400 funding programmes, 2600 research organisations, and 6600 research projects and associated expert information. By making these data accessible, the tool helps any scientist in the EU identify resources potentially available for their research. The database also aims at helping the BiodivERsA consortium to coordinate national research programmes on biodiversity accross Europe to identify biodiversity research priority for regular common calls.
BiodivERsA database uses CERIF standard: Common European Research Information Format (that is sponsored by EC to facilitate exchange between Research Information Systems). A CERIF structure is built with objects: Organisation/OrgUnit, Funding Programme, Person and Project.
Research Funding Programmes are organizational grouping of research projects or activities with a common funding and steering mechanism. Research Projects are funded units within or outside a research program which has defined goals, objectives and timeframe. Funding Organisations are public, private or charitable organisations funding research open to external competition.
Available to the public, BiodivERsA database has information about current and past funding programs in Europe including thematic and blue skies programs, grants, fellowships and studentships. These programs include opportunities for sole applications and for collaboration between research institutions and other partners. It also gives information on organisations and of project leading researchers.
Information in the database is available to anyone interested in biodiversity research funding in Europe, although some fields and records may remain confidential. Consulting the database is free of charge, but users cannot claim property rights on the data in any shape or form.
Data usage and future perspectives
Thanks to dedicated efforts of BiodivERsA partners (21 research-funding agencies accross 15 countries), the database delivers information related to research programs funded by the research agencies who are members of BiodivERsA but eventually aims at compiling information on all funding programs open to biodiversity research in Europe, at regional, national and European level. Indeed, the improvement and enlargement of this database, to include all currently and formerly running national programmes relevant for biodiversity research will contribute significantly to the development of the European Research Area, and help the identification of research gaps on a European level. The BiodivERsA consortium itself will also benefit from such upgrade to better understand national priorities and opportunities for cooperation and potential future partnerships to improve the identification of existing gaps and future needs for new facilities, as well as detecting potential barriers for successful cooperation.