The call refers to two main impacts of EJP Soil:
1) Fostering understanding of soil management and its influence on climate mitigation and adaption – sustainable agricultural production and healthy environment
2) Understanding how soil carbon sequestration can contribute to climate change mitigation at regional level, including accounting for carbon
Projects shall have a clear added value to one on the above-mentioned impacts – in their mid as well as long term perspective.
The objective of this call is to foster holistic agricultural (forestry soil are not excluded) soil management practices which will assist making a shift to diversify farming to include a variety of sustainable and environmental practices. To achieve this aim, knowledge about SOC sequestration and biodiversity is essential. Thus, the call addresses three major topics: SOC sequestration, biodiversity and sustainable production and environment.
Interested project consortia should apply to one of the three topics:
Understanding SOC sequestration (stabilization, storage and persistence)
Soil biodiversity: status, and role in ecosystem services provided by soils
Site-specific or landscape-scale approaches to improve sustainability, resilience, health, and productivity of soils, including:
*Technologies include but are not limited to, digital tools, drones and sensors, autonomous robots, tillage and traffic management, precision fertilization, weed and pest control, irrigation, amongst others
To date, the following partner countries and organisations will provide funds for the Call: Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal Russia and the Global Research Alliance. Universities and other higher education institutions, public research institutions, private non-profit organisations, and private companies can apply subject to the national regulations and eligibility criteria. Research consortia must consist of a minimum of three partners seeking funding from at least three different participating countries. Research partners from not participating countries can be part of research consortia if they bring in their own funding. Funding of the participating research organisations will be provided by their respective national funding organisation according to their legal terms and conditions for project funding. ANR will only fund the French partners of the selected projects. Minimum project duration is 24 months and maximum 36 months.
The call will be launched on April 2021. A webinar will be organised in May for all interested applicants. Content of the webinar will be an overview about all relevant aspects for the Call and will give a short introduction for the submission tool. Closure for submission of project summary and registration of the coordinator and the partners: June 25th 2021. Closure for the submission of full proposals: Sept 7th 2021.