The BiodivERsA Database
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One of the objectives of the BiodivERsA consortium is to produce a comprehensive ‘map’ of the current state of research on biodiversity and associated ecosystem services in Europe in terms of projects, programmes and funding, to improve the identification of existing gaps and future needs for new research programmes, new facilities, as well as detecting potential barriers for successful cooperation.
Contributing to this end, BiodivERsA has developed a database holding information about:
- Funding programs and associated calls for research proposals on biodiversity and associated ecosystem services in Europe; this includes thematic programs devoted to biodiversity, thematic programs including biodiversity issues, and blue sky programs where biodiversity research applications are eligible; grants, fellowships and studentships are also referenced. Focus is on competitive funds only, excluding e.g. funding by national institutes of the part of the scientific community they are in charge of, or schemes that fund local research teams only.
- Research projects on biodiversity and associated ecosystem services funded through these programmes
- Research institutes and other organisations (including stakeholders) involved in the projects funded, and researchers leading the projects.
Besides allowing the analysis of the funding landscape for biodiversity research, the profile of funded research and the possible complementarities of biodiversity research priorities among countries and agencies in Europe, this database will also help scientists to identify potential resources and network opportunities to further develop their research. In addition, it will help at finding scientific expertise for specific policy questions. As such, the BiodivERsA database is a valuable tool for strategic cooperation and expertise in the large, fragmented domain of research on biodiversity and associated ecosystem services.
BiodivERsA also analysed the profile of funded research and the possible complementarities of biodiversity research priorities among countries and agencies in Europe. A booklet on the output of this analysis will be published in 2014.
Upon registration and acceptance of the data user agreement, information in the database will be available to anyone interested in biodiversity research funding in Europe
Funding 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.
- 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.
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