FACCE ERA-NET Plus

The overall aim of the FACCE ERA-NET Plus action was to allow the 18 Member and Associated State partners to successfully implement a Joint Call on Climate Smart Agriculture as part of the FACCE-JPI action strategy detailed in the Strategic Research Agenda thus further increasing the level of coordination between European research funding bodies in the area of Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change.

This action contributes to the strategic objective of FACCE-JPI which is to build a European Research Area in the domain of agriculture, food security and climate change as well as to the scientific objective of enhancing resilience in agricultural production systems. Consequently, the action facilitates the tackling the societal challenge of ensuring food security in the face of climate change.

Specifically, the FACCE ERA-NET Plus action:

  • enhances operational coordination of RTD public funding in Europe by implementing a transnational joint call, thus improving coordination and reducing overlapping between national and EU funding;

  • contributes to the ERA by aligning 23 national research programmes;

  • contributes to achieving critical mass and ensuring better use of limited resources in the area of adaptation to climate change;

  • contributes to delivery of the FACCE – JPI SRA by setting up a joint call on one of five core themes (adaptation to climate change) through new knowledge generation and innovation;

  • provides a leverage effect on national financial contributions through the participation of the EC (adding 33% to the call budget);

  • contributes to addressing the societal challenge of sustainable agriculture and food security in the face of climate change through more resilient production systems;

  • contributes to research for devising resilient and eco-efficient crop and livestock systems while ensuring conservation of soil, water and genetic resources and taking into account socio-economic aspects of adaptation;

  • contributes to technological advances with innovative research for climate smart agriculture – eco-technologies to adapt water management by improved water harvesting, increased water use efficiency and efficient fertilisation practices, to monitor and reduce greenhouse gas, to increase and verify soil and biomass carbon stocks;

  • contributes to the experience of the JPI in setting up fast, easy and simple ways to set up transnational projects to improve future calls including in the possible context of an Article185 action by sharing good practices in implementing research programmes
     

Kick-off meeting

Ten of the eleven funded projects were present at a common kickoff meeting that was held at the INRA headquarters in Paris on September 21, 2015. The day began with a welcome by the coordinator, Isabelle Albouy, and then a presentation of FACCE-JPI and its portfolio of actions by Heather McKhann. Maurice Héral of the ANR presented the evaluation procedure. Following the introduction, each project was presented briefly with time for questions from the audience.

The FACCE Knowledge Hub MACSUR (Modelling European Agriculture with Climate Change for Food Security) was presented by the project manager Martin Köchy along with the possibilities to create links to MACSUR now and in the future.

A presentation on the Monitoring and reporting of projects was provided by Nicolas Tinois of JÜLICH. Finally, Heather McKhann made a presentation about increasing impact of projects and of FACCE-JPI by networking between projects and communicating and disseminating results.

All presentations can be downloaded here.

 

Funded projects

11 projects have been selected for funding. Under the ERA-NET Plus action “Climate Smart Agriculture: Adaptation of agricultural systems in Europe” co-funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission, this call addresses adaptation of European agriculture to climate change in its broad sense.

Four areas were highlighted as key to advancing research on genetics and breeding of animals and plants to increase resilience to climate change; pests and diseases of animals and plants linked to climate and posing significant risks; adaptive management of water and soil resources and options for adapting agricultural systems.

Following pre-proposal submission with the deadline of Monday 2nd December 2013, an eligibility check ws carried out by the Steering Committee. Pre-proposals were also evaluated to assess their relevance to the scientific scope of this call, whether they match the objectives of FACCE-JPI and have a European Added Value.

As a result, 40 coordinators were invited to submit a full proposal. Of the 39 received, 11 were selected for funding by the Steering Committee on July 1, 2014 following a positive evaluation by an international evaluation committee.

The indicative total available budget amounts to 18,76 M€ from 22 national funding organisations from 18 countries, and the European Commission.

Based on the outcomes of the peer review evaluation, 11 consortia have been recommended for funding:

  1. Climate cafe
     
  2. GreenRice
     
  3. ClimGen
     
  4. Genomite
     
  5. Grasslandscape
     
  6. MODCARBOSTRESS
     
  7. SYBRACLIM
     
  8. CINDERELLA
     
  9. ClimBar
     
  10. CAOS
     
  11. OptiBarn