BiodivRestore - Transnational Joint Call OPEN

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.

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.

31 funding organisations from 27 countries joined forces and have reserved – together with the European Commission – a total amount of over 20 Million Euro. The most updated list of participating countries is available on the Call webpages.

Make sure to consult the complete Call Announcement and all supporting documents, as well as Funding Organisation Rules available on the call webpages.


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 an Electronic Proposal Submission System (EPSS). The link to the EPSS will be available soon on the BiodivERsA and Water JPI websites.

  • Launch of the call: Monday 5 October 2020
  • Deadline for pre-proposals submission (mandatory): Monday 7 December 2020, 16:00 CET (local time in Brussels)

Please note that the nature of the evaluation at the first step (pre-proposals stage) will depend on the number of pre-proposals received:

  • If a very large number of pre-proposals is received, a first scientific evaluation of pre-proposals will be organized and the deadline to submit full proposals will be the 3 May 2021.
  • Otherwise, only an eligibility check of pre-proposals will be performed and the deadline to submit full proposals will be the 15 March 2021*.

* The actual deadline to submit full proposals will be communicated by the end of December 2020.


For more information visit the BiodivERsA website and the Water JPI website.

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