BiodivRestore Call Announcement

BiodivERsA and Water JPI are pleased to announce that their transnational 2020-2021 joint Call on “Conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems and their biodiversity, including a focus on aquatic systems” is now open.

NEW! The second step of the call is now open: applicants invited to submit a full proposal now have the possibility to do so via the online Electronic Proposal Submission System (EPSS). The deadline for submitting full proposals is 3 May 2021, 16:00 (CEST, Local time in Brussels). No proposals will be accepted after this deadline.


2020-2021 COFUND Call for Transnational Research Proposals on “Conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems and their biodiversity, including a focus on aquatic systems”

Call Themes

This call will cover the following three non-exclusive themes:

  • Studying the biological and biophysical processes at stake for conservation/restoration, and their interactions
  • Assessing trade-offs and synergies between targets, benefits and policies for conservation and restoration
  • Knowledge for improving the effectiveness and upscaling of conservation and restoration actions

This joint call includes a focus on freshwater aquatic systems but ALL ENVIRONMENTS (i.e. terrestrial, freshwater and marine) ARE ELIGIBLE.

Click here to download the Call Document.

The joint Call document contains the following information:

  • Announcement of Opportunity (call text)
  • Pre-proposal application form (for information; to be accessed via EPSS platform)
  • Full Proposal application form (for information; to be accessed via EPSS platform in Step 2)
  • Checklist for applicants
  • Data policy
  • Assessment criteria
  • Conflict of interest, confidentiality and non-disclosure policy (for information)



Research teams will be invited to form transnational research consortia with eligible partners from minimum 3 countries participating in the call (including minimum two from EU Member States or EU Associated Countries).  

For applicants from overseas: provided the latter criterion is met (Partners from at least two different EU Member States or Associated Countries participating in the call), for proposals including Partners from outermost regions and overseas countries and territories participating in the call, the outermost regions and overseas countries and territories can be counted as a specific participating country (for the criteria: at least three different countries).

Proposals have to be exclusively written in English.


Evaluation criteria

The research proposals will be evaluated across the following criteria:

  • Step 1 (in the event of that a large number of pre-proposals is received and an evaluation of pre-proposals is performed): (i) fit to the scope of the call, (ii) scientific excellence(with a focus on novelty of the research proposed), and (iii) societal and policy impact;
  • Step 2: (i) excellence; (ii) quality and efficiency of the implementationand (iii) impact (including societal / policy relevance and approaches to stakeholder engagement).

For both steps, it is also expected that the international added value of the projects is clearly presented. The detailed list of evaluation criteria to be used for this call is available in the call documents.


Participating Countries

31 funding organisations from 27 countries are joining this call and have reserved – together with the European Commission – a total amount of over 24 Million Euro.

Confrmed list of participating countries

Austria, Belgium, Brazil*, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal (including Azores), Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Tunisia

*Please, consult the FO rules document available at the bottom of the page for the information on the Brazilian States involved

Each Partner in a funded project will be preferentially funded by their national/regional organisation(s) participating in the call.

Please note that each research Partner in a project must comply with the eligibility criteria and rules of its funding organisation.


Call Timeline

A two-step process will apply, with a mandatory submission of pre-proposals at the first step and submission of full proposals at the second step, via the Electronic Proposal Submission System (EPSS).

  • Launch of the call: Monday 5 October 2020
  • Deadline for pre-proposals submission (mandatory): Monday 7 December 2020, 16:00 CET 
  • Results of the first step: early March 2021
  • Deadline to submit the full-proposals: Monday 3 May 2021, 16:00 CEST


Support for applicants

UPDATED! FAQ for the Call click here

Information webinar
An information webinar took place on 27 October 2020.
Replay of the Webinar click here.
To download the Webinar presentation click here.

Partnering tools
Use our Partner Search Tool available here
Join the Water JPI Researchers Forum on LinkedIn

The EPSS Submission Platform  -

For general information on the call, please contact the Call Secretariat:
Patricia Vera & Maja Kolar:

For technical questions regarding the EPSS, please contact the EPSS technical helpdesk:
Taavi Tiirik, 

For GDPR questions, please contact

For specific questions related to the budget, criteria and rules of your funding organisation, please consult your Funding organisation’s rules and contact your Funding organisation Contact Points (FCPs).
IMPORTANT: The Water JPI and  BiodivERsA websites will update the funding rules- Please check regurlarly.


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