Consolidating the European Research Area on biodiversity and ecosystem services
Grant Agreement nº 642420
Type: ERA-NET CoFund (European Research Area networks)
Duration: 87 months (01/02/2015 - 30/04/2022)
Status: Ongoing
Coordinator: FRB - Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité, France


French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (France)
Austrian Science Fund (Austria)
Belgian Science Policy Office (Belgium)
The research Foundation – Flanders (Belgium)
Bulgarian National Science Fund (Bulgaria)
Estonian Research Council (Estonia)
The Academy of Finland (Finland)
French National Research Agency (France)
French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (France)
New Caledonian Economic Development Agency (France – New Caledonia)
Guadeloupe Region (France)
French Guyana Region (France)
Reunion Region (France)
German Aeronautics and Space Research Centre (Germany)
German Research Foundation (Germany)
Ministry of Agriculture (Hungary)
The Research Council of Lithuania (Lithuania)
The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (The Netherlands)
The Research Council of Norway (Norway)
National Science Center (Poland)
Portuguese National Funding Agency for Science, Research and Technology (Portugal)
Regional Fund for Science and Technology- FRCT (Azores – Portugal)
The Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) (Romania)
The Slovak Academy of Sciences (Slovakia)
Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Canary Islands – Spain)
Regional Government of the Canary Islands (Canary Islands – Spain)
Swedish Research Council for Environment Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Sweden)
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Sweden)
Swiss National Science Foundation (Switzerland)
Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock (Turkey)
Joint Nature Conservation Committee (United Kingdom)

Associated partners
The Latvian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (Latvia)

Aim of the Project:

BiodivERsA3 – Consolidating the European Research Area on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, a project funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Program which brings together a network of 26 public funding agencies from 18 European countries that provide specific amounts for scientific research in the field of biodiversity.

Within the framework of this network, a call for proposals for scientific projects was launched, entitled: “Understanding and managing biodiversity dynamics to improve ecosystem functioning and delivery of ecosystem services in a global change context: the cases of (1) soils and sediments, and (2) river-land- and sea-scape “with an overall budget of 33 million euros.

In this call, 132 applications were submitted from researchers of 31 countries. The Azorean researchers responded to the challenge by submitting 9 applications, a high number in proportion to other countries and regions involved in the call with the largest number of researchers.

The FRCT co-financed the regional teams from two projects approved, in the total amount of € 154 00:

  • BIOINVENT – Generic bio-inventory of functional microbial diversity in permanent grassland ecosystems across management and climate gradients. Regional researcher in charge Luis Silva, member of the Center for Research on Biodiversity and Genetic Resources – Polo of the Azores, CIBIO-Açores.
  • MARFOR – Functional Variability and Dynamics of Responses of Marine Forests to Global Change. Regional researcher in charge João Gonçalves of the IMAR-Azores Regional Research Institution;
FRCT Involvement:
FRCT participates in this project as an integral member of the consortium with two important roles:

-As a funding agency allowing the participation of regional teams in this call and financing the regional component of its approved projects;

-Responsible for the implementation of the tasks of "developing specific mapping and prospecting activities for biodiversity research and ecosystem services in the ORs and OCTs".

Financial Overview
Consortium Budget
Partners Contribuition EU Contribuition Total
-11 988 018 €37 967 427€
FRCT Budget
119 000€34 723€153 723€