BiodivRestore Joint Call 2020-2021

In the context of their joint BiodivRestore Cofund Action, Biodiversa and Water JPI launched in October 2020 a joint call to support research on “Conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems and their biodiversity, including a focus on aquatic systems”.

Update 01.06.2022

The Kick-off meeting of the funded projects was held online on 4 May 2022.

Update 16.05.2022

The booklet of the funded projects is available here

The call was co-funded by the European Commission and covered 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 included a focus on freshwater aquatic systems but all environments were eligible. In total, 172 eligible pre-proposals and 92 full proposals were received and evaluated by an independent Evaluation Committee that ranked the projects.

Strictly following the ranking established by the Evaluation Committee, 22 research projects have been shortlisted and recommended for funding by the BiodivRestore Call Steering Committee – composed of all the funding organisations participating in the call representing a total funding amount of over 21.3 Million Euro (including funding from the European Commission).

The 22 shortlisted projects are academically excellent projects, mobilising a wide range of disciplines, engaging many relevant stakeholders, and addressing various pressing scientific and societal issues.

22 funded projects

BiNatUr - Bringing nature back – biodiversity friendly nature-based solutions in cities (FI, BE, DE, PL, PT)

BIO-TRADE - Protecting Biodiversity through Regulating Trade and International Business (FI, CH, DE, SE)

BIOCONSENT - Decision-making Support for Forest Biodiversity Conservation and Restoration Policy and Management in Europe: Trade-offs and Synergies at the Forest-Biodiversity-Climate-Water Nexus (DE, AT, BG, ES, FI, SE)

BioReset - Biodiversity restoration and conservation of inland water ecosystems for environmental and human well-being (PT, ES, NO, SE)

COAST - COnservation of mArine ecosystems around Santo AnTão, Cabo Verde:  implications for policy and society (PT, DE, ES, FR, PT-Azores)

COSAR - Context-dependence of the societal and ecological outcomes from river ecosystem restoration (FR, DE, NL, CH)

DEEP REST - Conservation & restoration of deep-sea ecosystems in the context of deep-sea mining (FR, BE, DE, ES, IR, NL, NO, PT, PT-Azores)

EMYS-R - A socio-ecological evaluation of wetlands restoration and reintroduction programs in favor of the emblematic European pond turtle and associated biodiversity: a pan-European approach (FR, DE, LV, PL)

FishME - Social and ecological effects of Fish removal in Mountain Ecosystems (FR, AT, CH, ES, RO)

ForestFisher - Priority areas for conservation and restoration of Amazonian forest-frugivorous fish interactions and associated fisheries (FR, BR, DE, PT, US)

FRESHH - Farmer acceptable REstoration of Semi-natural Habitat to limit Herbicides (FR, AT, CZ, NL, SE)

FreshRestore - Holistic evaluation and restoration measures of human impacts on freshwater ecosystems across biogeographical gradients (NO, DK, ES, FI, SE)

InterRest - Interactive effects of local and landscape scale restoration of semi-natural grasslands and agricultural fields on species interactions and ecosystem functions in different social-ecological systems (DE, BE, EE, ES, NL, SE)

MPA4sustainability - Enhancing the role of MPAs in restoring biodiversity while maintaining access to ecosystem services (DK, ES, FR, PT, SE)

NARROW - NARRatives On restored Water (SE, CH, FI)

NICHES - Nature's Integration in Cities' Hydrologies, Ecologies and Societies (DE, BG, ES, NL, UK, US)

REMOVE_DISEASE - Conservation and restoration of degraded insular biodiversity: impacts of the removal of introduced mammals on the dynamics of infectious diseases in seabirds across islands of the Southern Ocean (PT, BE, FR, NO, SA, UK)

RESPOND - Restoring and Managing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of Temporary Pond Landscapes (BE, ES, MA, PL)

RESTOLINK - Quantifying restoration success across biomes by linking biodiversity, multifunctionality and hydromorphological heterogeneity (DE, BR, ES, SE)

RESTORESEAS - Marine Forests of animals, plants and algae: nature-based tools to protect and restore biodiversity (PT, AT, BE, BR, CZ, ES, MA, NL, NO, PT-Azores, SE)

ReVersal - Restoring peatlands of the nemoral zone under conditions of varying water supply and quality (DE, AT, NL, PL)

Transloc - Translocations of flora and fauna for conservation and restoration: ecological, evolutionary, and socio-economic impacts at multiple scales (FR, ES, CG, MA, PT, SE)

For more information:

Booklet of the funded projects (pdf file)

Complete list of countries and agencies involved in the call

List of the Evaluation Committee Members


About the Call

Biodiversa and Water JPI 2020-2021 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 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 the 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.

Confirmed 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 the 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 regularly.

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