Pre-announcement: a large Joint Transnational Call on Researching and Advancing Climate Services Development soon to be launched

The French National Research Agency will launch, in partnership with 16 European countries, the first ERA4CS Cofund joint call for funding multilateral research projects on “development of efficient Climate Services in Europe”. The call is scheduled to be open on March 2016.

The climate science community finds itself increasingly exposed to various groups of stakeholders asking rather specific questions about consequences, uncertainties, probabilities related to climate and climate change. As a consequence the concept of "climate services" has recently emerged. This term refers to all information and services that assess and qualify the past climate, present and future, to assess the impacts of climate change on socio-economic activities and the environment or to undertake mitigation measures and adaptation.

A call scheduled to be open on March 2016

Contrary to much of the climate research that generally involves a lot of international cooperation, the work on Climate Services is generally organised on a national level. The ERA-NET Consortium “European Research Area for Climate Services”, so-called ERA4CS, has been designed to boost the development of efficient Climate Services in Europe, by supporting research for developing better tools, methods and standards on how to produce, transfer, communicate and use reliable climate information to cope with current and future climate variability. First activities start in 2016 with the launch of a large scale Joint Transnational Call for research proposals with cash and institutional funding from at least 16 countries and co-fund support of the European Commission (under Grant Agreement reference 690462). The call will be funded with up to 72 Mio € by Partner Organizations and co-funding by the European Commission. Two distinct but coherent topics, with independent funding support, are proposed within this call:

  • Topic A - Innovative co-development with users

    This topic seeks to advance understanding in the following domains :

    • Research in support of the development and deployment of Climate Services
    • Research to integrate Climate Science to application cases and decision making
    • Research for co-development of innovative Climate services

    It will be supported by cash funding from the following national Research Funding Organizations (RFOs):

    • Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), France
    • Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft (BMWFW), Austria
    • Service public fédéral de programmation politique scientifique (BELSPO), Belgium
    • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt EV (DLR), Germany
    • Innovationsfonden (IFD), Denmark
    • Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad (MINECO), Spain
    • Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland (EPA), Ireland
    • Nederlandse organisatie voor wetenschappelijk onderzoek (NWO), the Netherlands
    • Norges forskningsrad (RCN), Norway
    • Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal
    • Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI), Romania
    • Forskningsrådet för miljö, areella näringar och Samhällsbyggande (FORMAS), Sweden

    Please be aware that further organizations could be included before the opening of the call.

  • Topic B - Institutional integration between the ERA4CS Research Performing Organizations

    This topic seeks to advance understanding in the following domains:

    • Development of new methods and tools
    • Impacts studies and models
    • Localisation of Climate Information and Uncertainties Evaluation

    It will be supported in kind by the following Research Performing Organisations (RPOs):

    • Universitaet Graz (Uni Graz), Austria
    • Institut Royal Météorologique de Belgique (RMI), Belgium
    • Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung (AWI), Germany
    • Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GMBH (HZG), Germany
    • Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut (DMI), Denmark
    • Agencia Estatal de Meteorologia (AEMET), Spain
    • Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputacion (BSC), Spain
    • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Spain
    • Universidad de Cantabria (UC-IHC), Spain
    • Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV-C3), Spain
    • Ilmatieteen Laitos (FMI), Finland
    • Suomen ymparistokeskus (SYKE), Finland
    • Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM), France
    • Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA), France
    • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France
    • Institut national de l'information géographique et forestière (IGN), France
    • Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA), France
    • Météo-France, France
    • National Center for Scientific Research "Demokritos" (NCSRD), Greece
    • Met Eireann, Ireland
    • Fondazione Centro euro-mediterraneo sui cambiamenti climatici (Fondazione CMCC), Italy
    • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR-DTA), Italy
    • Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (KNMI), the Netherlands
    • Meteorologisk institutt (Met Norway), Norway
    • Administratia Nationala de Meteorologie R.A. (Meteo-Ro), Romania
    • Sveriges Meteorologiska och Hydrologiska Institut (SMHI), Sweden
    • The University of Reading (UREAD), United Kingdom
    • Met Office, United Kingdom

    Please be aware that further organizations could be included before the opening of the call.

General conditions for application

Proposals require eligible partners from three or more different countries participating in ERA4CS.

Topic A is open to all applicants, subject to national funding rules of the RFOs. Topic B is open only to the RPOs who are partner of ERA4CS Consortium (see provisional list above).

Submission and evaluation of projects will be carried out in two stages and integrated with other countries. Pre-proposals must be submitted by the end of June 2016. Only successful consortia at the pre-proposal stage will be invited to submit a full proposal before the end of December 2016.

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Last updated on 21 March 2019
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