The goal of a "Maturation" call for research projects is to promote, through financial support, the valorization of scientific work successfully completed in a previous research program. The purpose of a maturation call is to develop products, technologies or services that will contribute to a technological breakthrough. More specifically, the aim is to encourage consortia bringing together researchers and socio-economic actors (private companies, technical centers and institutes, professional organisations, etc.) to jointly develop research projects aiming at achieving a technology readiness level (TRL) greater than or equal to 5 and proposing a solution with proven operability in response to end-users' needs.
To meet the objectives of reducing the use of plant pesticides in agriculture, farmers and actors of the agro-food sector have identified obstacles, which requires the development of innovative and sustainable solutions.
The first edition of the ANR Ecophyto-Maturation call for projects will open in January 2019 for a total amount of 3.5 million euros. This first call will address the two following topics:
These tools could combine predictive models and networks of data field capture.
The second edition, scheduled for 2021, will address other topics related to impact reduction tools and agro-equipments in the broad sense.
Project will be evaluated on the basis of its scientific credibility, its ability to promote previous research outcomes at TRL levels 3 or 4, the relevance of proposed solution, and its sustainability a priori. Proposed projects should explain means and partnerships contributing to advance the solutions from a proof of concept and / or laboratory validation to demonstrated results in the field at a level ensuring their feasibility and thus paving the way to marketing (TRL 6 to 9). Project will be evaluated in a single step by an independent international scientific evaluation committee based on the principle of peer evaluation implemented by ANR. The final decision will be taken by the call steering committee . Consortia must include at least one "research organization" partner and at least one "socio-economic actor" partner.
The call text will be published in January 2019 and project submission will open in April 2019.