EKLIPSE invites proposals for requests from consortia representing policy, research, NGOs or individual applications from policy or other societal actors.

Member: George Cojocaru

Date: 10.07.2017




EKLIPSE is developing a European Mechanism to answer requests from policy makers and other societal actors on biodiversity-related issues.

EKLIPSEinvites proposalsfor requests from consortia representing policy, research, NGOs or individual applications from policy or other societal actors.

More information on the processes and the EKLIPSE project funded by the EU in H2020 is available at www.eklipse-mechanism.eu



Deadline to answer the Call: 8th October 2017

Announcement of the selected request: Week starting 30thOctober, 2017


1      Invitation to request knowledge for informed decision-making

Policy and other societal actors are invited to identify topics or evidence needs relating to biodiversity and ecosystem services and of EU policy relevance, requiring in-depth analysis and a consolidated view from science and other knowledge holders. We particularly encourage the building of consortia representing policy, research, NGOs or individual applications from policy or other societal actors.

Interested parties – including consortia – should apply by 8thOctober 2017 by following the rules and procedures detailed below. The selected requests will be announced week starting 30thOctober, 2017and will be publicized on the EKLIPSE website. The process of answering these requests will start thereafter.

Please put forward your request at www.eklipse-mechanism.eu 


1      Objective of the call

EKLIPSE coordinates innovative and transparent approaches for science, policy and societal actors to jointly provide the best available evidence leading to better informed decision-making.The topic and/or evidence needs are identified by policy and other societal actors. The objective of this call is to encourage policy and other societal actors to suggest topics and/or evidence needs to be addressed by EKLIPSE.


Potential requests might include:

  • Greater understanding or predictive power e.g.what is the role of biodiversity in maintaining specific ecosystem functionse.g. biogeochemical cycles?
  • Measures of anthropogenic impact e.g.what is the impact of wind farms on bird populations?
  • Measures of effectiveness of interventions e.g. how effective are marine protected areas at enhancing commercial fish populations?
  • Appropriate methodologies e.g. what is the most reliable method for monitoring changes in carbon stocks in forest ecosystems?
  • Optimal management options e.g. what is the optimal grazing regime for maximizingplant diversity in upland meadows?
  • Socio-economic impacts of specific developments in biodiversity e.g. what are the anticipated costs of the spread of the invasive species xyz on health or agriculture?
  • Desirable states e.g. what is the desirable state of forest in terms of deadwood and other biodiversity-relevant structures?
  • Scenario building e.g. how will the risk of flooding change under current climate scenarios up to 2050?
  • Existing knowledge of distribution of species, diseases and their drivers e.g. how has the distribution and abundance of rabies in fox populations changed in the last 10 years?
  • Clarification of definitions e.g. how do different people/groups define ecosystem services?
  • Consultation to identify research priorities (e.g. What are current knowledge gaps and needs on nanoparticles impact on marine biodiversity)
  • Horizon scanning e.g. what will be the biggest novel threats to biodiversity in 2050?
  • Public opinion/ perception issues e.g. is there public support for badger culling in the UK?


2      Process for the call for requests

Interested parties or consortia(referred to as the requester) need to fill in a request form on the EKLIPSE websiteoutlining the major elements of the request by 8th October 2017. In this form, the requester is expected to provide some background on why the topic/evidence need is of interest, its policy relevance at the European scale, an indication of required outputs, deadline for final outputs, etc. To further expand the selection process, the request form will be screened by the EKLIPSE Secretariatwho might engage in an initial exchange with the requester to clarify general questions. In addition, requesters will be encouraged to allow the Secretariat to share their request via the EKLIPSE KNOCK Forum to allowother forum participants to discuss topics put forward in the request, find common ground and potentially create consortia.

The submitted requests will then be proposed to and discussed with the Strategic Advisory Board and selected by the Knowledge Coordination Body of EKLIPSE. The outcome of the selection process will be announced week starting 30th October 2017. This stepwise selection will help increase the quality and relevance of the request. It is in the  interest  of  the  requester  to  prepare  their  request  as  thoroughly and precisely as possible in order to facilitate the selection process.

All selected requests will go through an initial scoping phase and, potentially, a preliminary call for knowledge and stakeholder consultation to support the framing of the request.Each request will then be addressed by a dedicated expert group that will together with the requester agree on the methodological approach to be taken through a publically available protocol.During  this  process,  communication  between  all  relevant  actors  will  be  key. Finally,  the  results  of  the  co-generated  process  will  be  communicated in targeted ways to the requester (e.g. as a report or brief or other output to be discussed with the requester), as well as relevant decision-makers, the knowledge community and the general public.See figure below for the process of answering requests below and here for the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGvz4cBJEWI.


3      Eligibility criteria

3.1        Eligibility criteria for requesters

  • Requesters cannot be members of the EKLIPSE consortium, the Knowledge Coordination Body, or Strategic Advisory Board.
  • Requesters cannot be a single individual with no professional or community affiliation
  • Requesters should be able to represent the ‘community’ view of their policy or societal group e.g. an international business group, NGO, local community group etc.

3.2        Eligibility criteria for requests

  • Relevant to the European scale
  • Relevant to ongoing or future policy processes
  • Relevant to biodiversity and ecosystem services in at least one European EUNIS habitat type
  • Not requiring new knowledge, but based on the synthesis of existing knowledge
  • Consortia of requesters (representing for example different countries and/or different  sectors (policy, NGOs/society, research) will be encouraged


EKLIPSE receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Programme under grant agreement 690474.


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