Closed – 2024

Nature-based solutions for biodiversity, human well-being and transformative change – BiodivNBS (Biodiversa+ 2023-2024 Call)

Biodiversa+, the European Biodiversity Partnership under Horizon Europe, is pleased to announce the launch of a new transnational joint research call on Nature-Based Solutions for biodiversity, human well-being and transformative change (referred to as BiodivNBS).

Nature-Based Solutions are defined as “actions to protect, conserve, restore, sustainably use and manage natural or modified terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems, which address social, economic and environmental challenges effectively and adaptively, while simultaneously providing human well-being, ecosystem services and resilience and biodiversity benefits” (UNEA/EA.5/Res.5, see also Eggermont et al. 2015).

This call is more specifically aim at supporting research on biodiversity to gain a better understanding of the tipping points and trade-offs and underlying mechanisms affecting Nature-Based solutions and their successful implementation with respect to the benefits for nature, human well-being and societal transformation.

This call aims at supporting transnational research projects (3-years duration) addressing one or more of the 3 (non-exclusive) themes below:

  • Theme A: Synergies and trade-offs of Nature-Based solutions in the context of human well-being
  • Theme B: Nature-Based solutions mitigating anthropogenic drivers of biodiversity loss
  • Theme C: The contribution of Nature-Based solutions for just transformative change.

The call supports transnational, interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and cross-sectoral research on Nature-Based solutions in all parts of the world. As needed, research projects are expected to mobilise natural sciences, technical sciences, and social sciences and humanities.

All realms (i.e. terrestrial, marine, coastal, and freshwater) are eligible.

Research teams are invited to form transnational research consortia with eligible research partners requesting financial support from minimum 3 funding organisations from 3 different countries participating in the call (including minimum two from EU Member States or EU Associated Countries). 38 Funding Organisations from 31 countries are joining this call and have reserved – together with the European Commission – a total amount of over 40 million euros. The list of the funding organisations is available here.

A two-step evaluation process applies, with a mandatory submission of pre- and full proposals (in English) via an Electronic Proposal Submission System (EPSS).

Please make sure to consult the documents listed at the end of this webpage for more information regarding the topics and the modalities of this call.

Opening : 2023-09-27 at 09:00 CEST
Deadline for pre-proposals submission : 2023-11-10 at 15:00 CET
Application Deadline : 2024-04-09 at 15:00 CEST

Looking for a partner or a project to join? Use the Biodiversa+ Partner Search Tool available here

Get ready by consulting Biodiversa+ Guides:

  • The Biodiversa+ Stakeholder Engagement Handbook for more information on stakeholder engagement in funded projects;
  • The Biodiversa+ Policy Guide for more information on policy relevance of research proposals, and for engagement of policy-stakeholders;
  • The Biodiversa+ Citizen Science toolkit for more information on how to engage citizens in your research projects;
  • The Biodiversa+ Data Management Guide for more information on how to write and develop your data management plan with a focus on making your data and publications as open as possible

A general information webinar (in English) was organized on Sept. 26th 2023 to introduce the Call and answer questions from the international research community.

A national information webinar (in French) was organized for the French research community on Oct. 3rd 2023 (Replay)

Please note that each research Partner in a project must comply with the eligibility criteria and rules of its national or regional funding organisation available here. Self-funded research partners are allowed but they must be able to provide justification/proof of their funding within the pre- and full proposals.

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 Point (FCP) – available here.

For general information on the call, please contact the Call Secretariat: biodiversa.cs(at) (Céline Billiere and Clara Superbie)

For technical questions regarding the EPSS, please contact the EPSS technical helpdesk: Taavi Tiirik, epss.biodiversa(at) 

Register to the Biodiversa+ mailing list to be kept updated on latest information of this Call

You can consult our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)


Consult the upcoming and current calls of the portal

The portal centralises all information on calls for proposals and calls for applications from ADEME, ANR, Inserm including ANRS, Anses and INCa. It provides a simplified access to upcoming and ongoing calls, giving a greater visibility to funding opportunities. Following their closing date, the calls remain published for a few months.


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