BiodivERsA


BiodivERsA is a network of national research-funding organisations, created to support pan-European research in conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity. To effect its mission, the network launches funding opportunities addressed to international research teams, published as calls for proposals. So far, BiodivERsA has concluded five calls for proposals.

The National Science Centre joined the consortium in 2014, took part in the organisation of a call for proposals on  biodiversity dynamics.

Call topics

BiodivClim Biodiversity and Climate Change (open)

The BiodivClim Biodiversity and Climate Change call for international research projects in the area of biodiversity and climate change is hereby announced by the National Science Centre (hereinafter: “NCN”), acting in cooperation with the BiodivERsA network. Funding proposals may be submitted by international consortia composed of at least 3 research teams from at least 3 countries participating in the call. The principal investigator of the Polish research team must hold at least a PhD degree.

Countries participating in the call: Austria, Belgium, Brazil (Sao Paulo state), Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Spain, Ireland, Israel, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, Sweden, Tunisia and Turkey.

Application process:

  • international level: the Polish research team, acting in cooperation with a foreign partner, shall prepare a joint proposal in English and submit it via the EPSS submission system;
  • national level: the Polish research team shall prepare an NCN proposal covering the Polish part of the project and submit it to the NCN in an electronic format via the ZSUN/OSF submission system.

Call schedule:

  • Submission deadline for joint pre-proposals: 5 November 2019
  • Invitation to submit joint full proposals: February 2020
  • Submission deadline for joint full proposals: 10 April 2020
  • Submission deadline for NCN proposals in ZSUN/OSF: 17 April 2020
  • Call results: autumn 2020

In the BiodivClim call, funds may be awarded to cover remuneration for the research team, remuneration and scholarships for students and PhD students, purchase or manufacturing of research equipment and for other costs crucial to the research project.

The total amount of funds allocated by the NCN for the tasks to be performed by Polish research teams in the call is EUR 500,000.

Information for prospective applicants:

  • call documents available at the BiodivERsA network website (applies to all applicants in the call);
  • detailed information for applicants and set of annexes hereto (applies only to entities applying for NCN funding);

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Who may apply for NCN funding?

Proposals in the call may be submitted by the following entities specified in the Act on the National Science Centre (NCN)(NCN):

1. universities,

2. federations of science and HE institutions,

3. research institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences operating pursuant to the Act on the Polish Academy of Sciences of 30 April 2010 (Journal of Laws of 2018, item 1475),

4. research institutes operating pursuant to the Act on Research Institutes of 30 April 2010 (Journal of Laws of 2018, item 736),

5. international research institutes established pursuant to separate Acts, operating in the Republic of Poland,

5a. the Łukasiewicz Centre,

5b. Institute operating within the Łukasiewicz Research Network,

6. Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences,

7. other institutions involved in research independently on a continuous basis,

8. groups of entities comprising at least two entities mentioned in sections 1-7 or at least one institution as such together with at least one company,

9. scientific and industrial centres as defined in the Act on Research Institutes of 30 April 2010 (Journal of Laws of 2018, item 736),

10. research centres of the Polish Academy of Sciences as defined in the Act on the Polish Academy of Sciences of 30 April 2010,

11. scientific libraries,

12. companies operating as R&D centres laid down in the Act on Certain Forms of Support for Innovative Activities of 30 May 2008 (Journal of Laws of 2018, item 141),

13. legal entities with registered office in Poland,

14. companies conducting research in another organisational form than laid down in sections 1-13.

Who may act as the Principal Investigator?

The Principal Investigator (PI) of the Polish research team must hold at least a PhD degree when submitting a proposal. Additional restrictions are detailed in Chapter IV, Articles 12-16 of the NCN Council Resolution of 2 September 2019 laying down the terms of and regulations on awarding funding for research tasks funded or co-funded under international calls launched by the National Science Centre and carried out as multilateral collaboration UNISONO.

What is the subject of the call?

The call covers the following subjects:

  • Consequences of climate change on biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people
  • Climate-biodiversity feedback processes
  • Potential of nature-based solutions for mitigating and adapting to climate change
  • Synergies and trade-offs between policies on biodiversity, climate and other relevant sectors, and the role of agents of change.

NCN proposals in which research tasks overlap with research tasks planned in other proposals submitted earlier in any other NCN call may only be submitted once the assessment process or appeal proceedings concerning such earlier proposal has been completed and no funds were granted.

What is the project’s duration?

In the call, research projects may be planned for a period of 36 months.

How to plan the project’s budget?

We recommend that Polish applicants should send the budget table of the Polish part of the project to the NCN by 3 April 2020 in order to consult it with the NCN.

Creating a project budget is one of the most important aspects in project planning, which aims to identify and estimate the costs of the resources required to perform the planned research work. The calculations must be realistic and compliant with the guidelines provided in the Types of costs in research projects funded by the NCN within the multilateral collaboration UNISONO. The maximum budget of the Polish research team is not pre-determined; however, please remember that the justification for the planned expenses versus the scope of tasks is assessed by an international expert team.

The budget in the NCN proposal should be prepared in PLN, whilst the budget in the joint international proposal should be given in EUR.

The budget of the Polish part of the project in the joint proposal should be calculated according to the following exchange rate: EUR 1 = PLN 4.3055.

Eligible costs in the project include direct and indirect costs.

Direct costs include:

  1. remuneration:
  • full-time salary: funds for full-time employment of the principal investigator or person employed as post-doc(s);
  • additional salaries for members of the research team;
  • remuneration and scholarships for students and PhD students
  1. purchase or construction of research equipment, devices and software;
  2. purchase of materials and small equipment;
  3. outsourced services;
  4. business trips, visits and consultations;
  5. compensation for collective investigators; and
  6. other costs crucial to the project.

Indirect costs may not exceed 40 per cent of direct costs excluding costs of purchase or manufacturing of research equipment, devices and software. During the project implementation, the host institution shall arrange with the principal investigator for the distribution of at least 25 per cent of the indirect costs’ value. 

Remuneration of administrative staff and costs of conference organisation (rental of rooms, catering) may only be financed as indirect expenses.

Are there any restrictions on the size of the Polish research team?

The terms of the call do not specify the minimum or maximum number of the research team members. Detailed information on the costs of remuneration and scholarships is provided in the Types of costs in research projects funded by the NCN within the multilateral collaboration UNISONO.

Please note that recipients of NCN scholarships or persons employed as post-doc(s) in the project must be recruited in an open call. Prospective scholarship recipients and persons employed as post-docs cannot be named in joint proposals and NCN proposals.

Can proposals in this call include application for state aid?

Yes. Detailed information can be found in the Rules governing application for state aid.

What is the proposal evaluation procedure?

Joint proposals are subject to an eligibility check performed by the NCN, other members of the BiodivERsA  network and the secretariat of the BiodivERsA  Call 2019.

Joint proposals successfully evaluated during the eligibility check are subject to merit-based evaluation.

NCN proposals are subject solely to eligibility check carried out by the Scientific Coordinators.

The eligibility check of NCN proposals shall comprise verification of proposal for completeness, compliance with all terms set forth in the call documents and Resolution No 88/19, including compliance of the planned budget with the annex “Costs in research projects funded by the National Science Centre in international calls carried out as multilateral collaboration Unisono”.

The information provided in NCN proposals and in joint proposals must be consistent.

Who performs the merit-based evaluation of proposals?

Only joint proposals are subject to merit-based evaluation. Merit-based evaluation is carried out by an expert team appointed by the BiodivERsA network.  

When and how will the results be announced?

The BiodivClim  Call 2019 shall be concluded within the time frame set forth in the call documents (Q4 2020). Firstly, project coordinators shall be informed about the outcome of the call. Polish research teams shall be notified by way of NCN Director’s decisions.

In the event of a breach of the call procedure or other formal infringements related to actions performed by the NCN, the applicant may lodge an appeal against the decision of the NCN Director with the Committee of Appeals of the NCN Council.

Where can additional information be found?

For more information on the call please go to the BiodivERsA network website. For detailed terms of and regulations on awarding NCN funding in the call please refer to the NCN Council Resolution.

Should you have any other questions, please contact us by e-mail or by phone:

Joanna Komperda, tel. 698 780 352

Dr Anna Wiktor, tel. 12 341 9166

Documents:

  1. NCN Council Resolution No 88/2019 – text
  2. Terms of and regulations on awarding funding for research tasks funded or co-funded under international calls launched by the National Science Centre and carried out as multilateral collaboration UNISONO – text
  3. Call announcement - text
  4. Pre-proposal Form -text
  5. Full Proposal Form - text

Biodiversity and its influence on animal, human and plant health (closed)

The National Science Centre in cooperation with the BiodivERsA network welcomes submissions under a call for international research projects on biodiversity. The call covers two separate actions (Action A and Action B), which are jointly titled: Biodiversity and its influence on animal, human and plant health.

The deadline for submitting pre-proposals is 16 November 2018, 4:00 p.m. CET.

Eligible for funding under Action A are research groups comprised of at least 3 research teams from at least 3 different countries involved in the call.

Eligible for funding under Action B are research groups comprised of at least 5 research teams from at least 5 different countries involved in the call.

Applicants are welcome to use the Partner Search Tool, a tool that will enable them to find partners for their research projects.

Countries involved in the call:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria,* Estonia,* France, Ireland, Lithuania, Germany, Poland, Romania,* Slovakia and Switzerland.

* Decisions on a country’s involvement in the call may be followed at: Countries involved


Call documentation:


Detailed call information: BiodivERsA 2018

Additional information for researchers applying for funding from the NCN:

The call is carried out in two stages: in the first stage, the coordinator of an international project submits a pre-proposal on behalf of the entire consortium; in the second stage, the coordinator submits a full proposal. The deadline for submitting pre-proposals is 16 November 2018, 4:00 p.m. (CET). The deadline for submitting proposals will be scheduled for the period between early February and mid-March 2019, depending on the overall number of proposals received.

At the full proposal stage, Polish applicants are required to register projects in the OSF system (type: UNISONO).

  1. Please read the information on the eligible costs in the call for Polish applicants, included in annex to the NCN Council Resolution regarding international calls (Terms and regulations on awarding funding for research tasks under the BiodivERsA Call 2018).
  2. Should an international project include two entities from Poland, they should establish a consortium. Each entity in the consortium has a separate budget, however, the upper limit on the funding for remuneration applies to the consortium as a whole. Pursuant to the Terms and regulations on awarding funding for research tasks under the BiodivERsA Call 2018, Polish consortia have been granted a higher upper limit on the funding for additional remuneration.
  3. The exchange rate of 7 June 2018 (EUR 1 = PLN 4.2634) applies to the call.
  4. A project by a Polish research team may be carried out over 36 months.

 

Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (closed)

NCN together with BiodivERsA and Belmont Forum networks is pleased to announce a new call on biodiversity and ecosystem "Scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services" targeting the following topics:

  • Development and application of scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services across spatial scales of relevance to multiple types of decisions,
  • Consideration of multiple dimensions of biodiversity and ecosystem services in biodiversity scenarios.

Funding is available for international research projects that involve at least three researchers from three different eligible countries.

Call timetable

1 December 2017 – deadline for pre-registration

9 March 2018 – deadline for full proposals

July 2018 – call results

One joint proposal document (in English, and following the provided template) shall be prepared by the project participants of a joint transnational proposal, and must be submitted to the Call Secretariat by the coordinator.

Countries participating in the call

Argentina, Austria, Belgium (Wallonia-Brussels Federation), Brazil (State of Sao Paulo only), Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Ivory Coast, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United States of America

Applicants are invited to use the BiodivERsA Partner Search Tool, which facilitates matches between potential partners with similar ideas. It provides the opportunity to express interest either in joining a research proposal or to search for partner(s) for an existing proposal.

Call documentation

Information for Polish applicants

  1. NCN eligibility criteria
  2. On the full proposal stage Polish applicants must register their applications in the OSF submission system (UNISONO application). This application includes the following budget table.
  3. We strongly encourage all applicants to read information on eligible costs included in the Annex to NCN Council’s Resolution on funding granted within calls for proposals for international research projects (UNISONO, p. 5-12).
  4. If one international project includes partners from two different Polish Host Institutions, these institutions must apply as a consortium. Each Host Institution comprising the consortium has a separate budget, but the limit on the remuneration applies to the consortium as a whole (UNISONO, p. 8-9: item 2.1.2 a) and b)).
  5. Budget of the Polish part of the research project in the OSF system should be given in PLN (1 EUR= 4,3162 PLN).
  6. Projects including Polish teams may last 36 months.

Projects funded within the call

Understanding and managing the biodiversity dynamics of soils and sediments to improve ecosystem functioning and delivery of ecosystem services; Understanding and managing biodiversity dynamics in land-, river- and sea-scapes (habitat connectivity, green and blue infrastructures, and naturing cities) to improve ecosystem functioning and delivery of ecosystem services (closed)

  1. Understanding and managing the biodiversity dynamics of soils and sediments to improve ecosystem functioning and delivery of ecosystem services.
  2. Understanding and managing biodiversity dynamics in land-, river- and sea-scapes (habitat connectivity, green and blue infrastructures, and naturing cities) to improve ecosystem functioning and delivery of ecosystem services.

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This project has received funding from the European Union¹s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreements No 642420 and 776617.