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International Cooperation


FCT is member of the new European co-funded Biodiversity Partnership Biodiversa+ “Rescuing Biodiversity to Safeguard Life on Earth”, jointly developed by BiodivERsA and the European Commission (DG Environment and DG Research & Innovation).

Being a part of the European Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 to build the bridge between science, policy and practice, Biodiversa+ gathers 76 research programmers and funders and environmental policy actors from 39 European and associated countries to work on 5 main objectives:

  1. Plan and support research and innovation on biodiversity through a shared strategy, annual joint calls for research projects and capacity building activities.
  2. Set up a network of harmonised schemes to improve monitoring of biodiversity and ecosystem services across Europe.
  3. Contribute to high-end knowledge for deploying Nature-based Solutions and valuation of biodiversity in the private sector.
  4. Ensure efficient science-based support for policy-making and implementation in Europe.
  5. Strengthen the relevance and impact of pan-European research on biodiversity in a global context.

Transnational Calls


1st of October 2021: Launch of the 2021 Joint Transnational Call

30th of November 2021 (15:00 CET): Deadline for pre-proposals submission (mandatory)

14th of April 2022 (15:00 CET): Deadline for full-proposals submission

An information webinar was held on the 12th of October 2021. Presentation available here.

Please consult this webpage on a regular basis for possible news/updates.

Biodiversa+ 2021-2022 Joint Transnational Call "Supporting the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems across land and sea"

The Call Documents contains detailed information on call objectives, topics and expected impact, national/regional funding rules, how to apply for funding, etc.

Please consult the documents and selected links available in the yellow box on the right.

Call themes supported by FCT:

  • THEME 1 – Knowledge for identifying priority conservation areas, establishing effective and resilient ecological networks, enhancing species-based protection and preserving genetic diversity
  • THEME 2 – Multiple benefits and costs of biodiversity and ecosystem protection: synergies and trade-offs
  • THEME 3 – Effective management and equitable governance to deliver bold conservation outcome

Participating countries

Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Morocco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, and Turkey.

Applicants from countries not participating in the call can be part of a consortium, if they are able to secure their own funding. (Will be necessary the inclusion of a statement on the source of funding).

How to Apply

1- Consult the call documents available on the yellow box on the right.

2- Read the national/regional rules of all the participating countries involved in your consortium (including your own), available in the "National Annexes". Non-eligible partners may lead to the rejection of the whole consortium.

3- Access the call page and partner search website.

4- Within 10 working days after the deadline for submitting the pre-proposals, the Portuguese teams (Partners and/or Coordinators) must:

  • send to the Call National Contact Point a Statement of Commitment duly signed by the Researcher in Charge and by the Head of the Portuguese applicant organization and stamped. FCT may later require the original of the statement of commitment.


FCT financial commitment for the call: 400.000 €

Maximum requested funding for a consortium with Portuguese participation: 80.000 €

Maximum requested funding for a consortium with Portuguese coordination: 120.000 €

Note: if more than one Portuguese institution participates in each consortium, the budget must be shared. Portuguese institutions must follow FCT's Legislation, Regulations and Norms. The dedication (FTE) in transnational projects is not considered for the 100% (FTE) dedication to national projects.


Joana Pinheiro
Tel: (+351) 213 911 567
Pedro Ferreira
Tel: (+351) 213 911 596

FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Av. D. Carlos I, 126
1249 – 074 Lisboa

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