FACCE SURPLUS is an ERA-NET Cofund, formed in collaboration between the European Commission and a partnership of 15 countries in the frame of the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI). FACCE SURPLUS (Sustainable and Resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems) is committed to improve collaboration across the European Research Area in the range of diverse, but integrated, food and non-food biomass production and transformation systems, including biorefining.
The first joint call for transnational research projects under FACCE SURPLUS took place in 2015. In November 2015, 14 projects were selected to receive funding in the frame of FACCE SURPLUS: http://faccesurplus.org/research-projects/ . Those research projects were kicked off in September 2016 at Aarhus University, Denmark. On the 15th and 16th of November 2017, representatives of those 14 projects were invited to Paris for their common mid-term meeting.
The objectives of the mid-term and valorisation meeting were to:
- Promote networking and exchanges of best practices among FACCE SURPLUS projects and with relevant FACCE projects;
- Identify and address questions and issues related to project management and possible support activities that SURPLUS could implement;
- Explore opportunities for valorisation of current and future research results in terms of science policy interface, industrial valorisation, support to practitioners etc... (depending on the results of the survey).