ANR has teamed up with the ERA-NET Cofund FACCE SURPLUS to launch a second joint transnational call for proposals in order to fund innovative research projects on small-scale biorefinery concepts and their potential role in enhancing the sustainability and productivity of EU agriculture, as well as their scope to benefit the rural economy. The present call for proposals aims to improve collaboration and cooperation across the European Research Area in the area of sustainable intensification of food and non-food biomass production and decentralised transformation systems, in particular small scale multi-input, multi-product biorefinery concepts. It aims as well at supporting local innovation and value creation from biomass and biorefineries in synergy with the environmentally sustainable intensification of biomass production taking into account the required economic, environmental and social conditions and resilience to climate change.
An estimated total amount up to €6.25 million has been allocated by funding partners from Belgium (Flanders), Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Poland, Romania and The Netherlands.
Funding will be awarded for three years maximum. Only transnational projects will be funded: each consortium must therefore include at least two teams from at least two different countries participating in the call. Each agency will fund the teams from its own country; therefore the candidates must ensure that they comply with their respective agencies’ rules of eligibility. ANR will therefore only be funding the French teams. Project submission and selection shall take place as an integrated peer evaluation process with the other countries.
The project must be submitted by the coordinating partner in electronic form on the website indicated above, before the deadline.