In the frame of the ERA-NET FACCE SURPLUS (Sustainable and Resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems), 10 partners now launch a call for joint research projects. Recognising that other initiatives are considering the scope and application of large-scale biorefineries in the EU context, the second call of FACCE SURPLUS will focus on the 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 indicative total available budget amounts to 6.25M€, and the following countries are participating in the call: Belgium - Flanders, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Poland, Romania and The Netherlands.
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.
The call process will be carried out online on the FACCE-JPI Submission Tool: www.submission-faccejpi.com
A partnering platform is also provided and offers the possibility to register an organisation wishing to join a consortia/having a project idea, as well as to browse the list of current entries into the platform. In a two-stage submission process, at first the planned work is presented as a pre-proposal which will be checked for eligibility. Successful consortia at pre-proposal stage will be invited to submit a full proposal which will be evaluated by independent experts. The deadline for submission of pre-proposals is March 7, 2017, while the deadline for full proposal submission is July 17, 2017.
For detailed information on how to apply, please download the Call Announcement. Please note that the Announcement has been updated on 11 January 2017 with minor corrections to weblinks and 20 February 2017 with a clarification related to fund limits.