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International Cooperation


FCT is member of the network BiodivERsA, an ERA-NET project whose major goal is to build a dynamic sustainable platform to identify the most pressing strategic issues for biodiversity.

This initiative has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 642420.

Transnational Calls

Calls for transnational research projects are one of the main goals of the ERA-NETs, as a mechanism for validating the cooperative effort between the various funding agencies. BiodivERsA launched 10 calls for proposals in Biodiversity and FCT participated in 7 of these.


5th of October 2020: Launch of the 2020 Joint Transnational Call

7th of December 2020: Deadline for submission of the pre-proposals

15th of March 2021: Deadline for submission of full proposals (if <110 pre-proposals received)

3rd of May 2021: Deadline for submission of full proposals (if >110 pre-proposals received)

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

An information webinar will be organised on the 27th of October 2020, from 14:00 to 15:30 CET (local time in Brussels) to answer all your questions about this call. To participate, please register here

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

BiodivRestore Cofund 2020 Joint Transnational Call "Conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems and their biodiversity, including a focus on aquatic systems"

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

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

Call Topics supported by FCT:

  • 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

Participating countries/regions

Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Tunisia.

Applicants from countries not participating in the call can be part of a consortium, as long as 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: 500.000 €

Maximum requested funding for a consortium with Portuguese participation: 100.000 €

Maximum requested funding for a consortium with Portuguese coordination: 150.000 €

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
Rui Munhá
Tel: (+351) 213 911 538

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

BiodivERsA website