Applicants will have to explain how the expected project results will be relevant to improved crop production under the changing climate and/or to climate change mitigation. In addition, the second transnational call of SusCrop puts greater emphasis on how projects might contribute to food and nutritional security in the light of climate change.
Crops can be in the range from staple crops to niche and marginal crops.
The submitted proposals must be multidisciplinary and should address at least one of the following topics:
The Call is open for both basic and applied research.
This includes research on basic biological processes relevant for crop improvement and/or industrial research and development actions.
Regarding all call topics, applying research consortia should clearly state how their project aims will be relevant and/or contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals including the sustainability and resilience of crops or cropping systems. The statement must also express in how far the project might contribute to food and nutritional security in the light of climate change. There will be a dedicated section in the pre-proposal and full proposal template
400 keuros coming from the Ecophyto II program and included in the 1.4 M€ should be specifically dedicated to selected projects under the thematic priorities 2 or 4, with a particular attention paid to the capacity of the solutions to drastically reduce the use of pesticides (since Ecophyto II+ targets to reduce in France by 25% the use of pesticides by 2020, and by 50% by 2025) against a wide range of pests (pathogens, animal pests and weeds). Projects should aim to develop methods, practices and tools favoring the redesign of sustainable cropping systems towards more diversification (based on intercropping and multiple-cropping or nature based solutions). Projects might focus on the balance between prophylactic and curative practices, while considering the variety of the relevant temporal and spatial scales, in order to reduce the pest pressure and impacts on cropping systems, health and environment. Particular attention might be paid to the enhancement management levers for pest control at landscape scales with multiple actors involvement (from agri-supply industries, farmers to consumers).
Please carefully check the national/regional funding regulations (under Call Documents on https://www.suscrop.eu) because some of the topics described and types of research may not be suitable/eligible for all funding organisations.
For additional information on the eligible themes, please see the call text available on https://www.suscrop.eu and the French guide for submission available, below, on the ANR website
The indicative total available budget amounts to 6.3 M €.
The countries participating to this call are :
Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom
The project must be submitted by the coordinating partner in electronic form on the website accessible through https://www.suscrop.eu/call2, before the deadline. The project has to be written on the form also available on the website.
Call secretariat suscrop-call(at)agencerecherche.fr
Coordination and technical board for submission ptj-suscrop(at)fz-juelich.de
Isabelle Hippolyte : isabelle.hippolyte(at)agencerecherche.fr