The OT-Med call for projects 2015 was launched on December 12, 2014. This call included: collaborative projects, postdoctoral and PhD fellowships, support to mobility (incoming and outgoing) and scientific events. The deadline was February 5, 2015. OT-Med received 20 proposals of scientific projects (2 of them were not eligible), 4 proposals of scientific events and 1 demand for support to mobility.
At least two external reviewers were nominated to evaluate each eligible scientific project. The selection of the funded projects was done on Friday, April 10, 2015 by the OT-Med Management Board :

The total budget of submitted proposals was of about 4646 k€. About 2393 k€ were requested from OT-Med. A total amount of 538 K€ was attributed (62 K€ for operating expenses, 130 K€ for PhD theses and 346 K€ for postdocs).


WP1: Understanding and evaluating Mediterranean climatic changes and natural hazards

-Integrated assessment of the fate and impacts of organic pollutants in the Mediterranean Sea (MEDPOP); SEMPERE Richard (MIO), Javier Castro Jiménez (Independent Scientist) + LCE (ECCOREV)

1 postdoctoral fellowship, 20 k€ for operating expenses

-Biogeochemical and Ecological Effects of Coastal Groundwater Discharge into Mediterranean Lagoons (ECO_medLOC); STIEGLITZ Thomas (CEREGE), RAIMBAULT Patrick (MIO)

1 PhD fellowship, 10 k€ for operating expenses

-Perturbation of the Mediterranean Thermohaline circulation and sapropel formation: model - data approach (POM); TACHIKAWA Kazuyo (CEREGE) + MIO

0,5 PhD fellowship, 8,8 k€ for operating expenses

WP2: Impact of climate and anthropogenic changes on Mediterranean ecosystems and services they provide

-Socio-Ecological Indicators for Mediterranean Agro-ecosystem Sustainability (SEI-Med); CRAMER Wolfgang (IMBE), NAPOLEONE Claude (ECODEV INRA Avignon) + LPED + GREQAM

0,5 postdoctoral fellowship, 13,3 k€ for operating expenses

-Origin and congruence of taxonomic, phylogenetic, functional and paleoecological diversity patterns: the model of European-Mediterranean woody plant biodiversity (WOODIV); LERICHE Agathe (IMBE) + CEREGE + INRA URFM Avignon (ECCOREV)

1 postdoctoral fellowship

TWP1: The observation systems and databases

Aix-Marseille Metropolis Observatory for CO2 (AMMOCO2); LEFEVRE Dominique (MIO), Irene Xueref-Remy (LSCE), Christophe Yohia (MIO) + LPED + O3HP (ECCOREV) + IMBE + CEREGE

A workshop to precise the project (budget to be determined)

TWP2: Toward an integrated modelling of the Mediterranean systems

Towards an integrated prediction of Land & Sea Responses to global change in the Mediterranean Basin (LaSeR-Med); BAKLOUTI Melika (MIO), BONDEAU Alberte (IMBE) + CERGAM + GREQAM+ ECODEV

1 postdoctoral fellowship + 10 k€ for operating expenses


-"MERMEX INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP", 7-10 April 2015, SEMPERE Richard, MIO (4 k€)

- Colloquium "Multidisciplinary approaches to paleoenvironmental changes and the history of the human occupation in the Mediterranean islands since the Last Glacial Maximum (GEOMEDISLANDS)", 30 June-2 July 2015, GHIRALDI Matthieu, CEREGE (3 k€)

- Colloquium "Les zones arides et semi-arides au cours du temps : impact du climat, évolution des écosystèmes et des sociétés (Zones Arides)", 2 days in July 2015, SYLVESTRE Florence, CEREGE (4 k€)

- International Foresight Workshop "Biogeochemistry and genomics of silicification and silicifiers (SILICAMICS)", 22-25 September 2015, QUEGUINER Bernard, MIO (4 k€)


-"Geosciences and risk assessment in the Morocco: a novel approach (GEO-RISK-MOR)", VIDAL Laurence, CEREGE (6 k€)


Figure 1 (here below) shows the distribution of the rejected and accepted projects versus the laboratory (non-eligible projects are not included in this figure). The laboratory of the PI and in some cases of the co-PI was scored as one and the other participating laboratories were scored as 0.5. Three laboratories have a score of accepted projects of 2.5 or more (CEREGE, MIO and IMBE). They correspond also to the highest score of submitted projects (more than six) and are also the biggest labs of OT-Med. The contribution to MISTRALS appears to be a strong criterion for acceptance (six out of seven projects contributing to MISTRALS have been accepted). All the projects included natural sciences. In four of them social and human sciences (SHS) also played an important role and two of them have been accepted.