The EU Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) has brought together 23 funding organisations from 18 countries in a joint Call under the ERA-NET SusCrop to attract proposals focused on Sustainable Crop Production in order to tackle the societal challenges of the 21st century.

A Pre-announcement of the SusCrop Call has been published and it sets out that proposals must be multidisciplinary and should address at least one of the following topics:

1. Enhancement of predictive breeding technologies and development of new genotypes leading to new phenotypes and crop varieties for improvement of plant health, protection, production and resilience
2. Development and exploitation of novel integrated pest and crop management methods and practices
3. Improvement of resource-use efficiency of crops and cropping systems
4. Systemic research on agricultural crops as part of an ecosystem including interactions between plants and other organisms (“the plant as a meta-organism”)

The total indicative funding for the Call is c.€17.2 million. The funding partners in Ireland are DAFM and Teagasc who have pledged to commit up to €350,000 and €176,000 respectively (a combined contribution of up to €526,000) in funding for successful Irish participants.

Full details including the Call Announcement and Guidelines for Irish Applicants will be published when the SusCrop Call opens for pre-proposal submissions on 15 January 2018. Please note the submission deadlines of this two-stage Call are:

Pre-proposals: April 4, 2018, 13:00 h (CEST)
Full proposals: August 31, 2018, 13:00 h (CEST)

Information Webinar

An information webinar for Irish parties interested in the SusCrop Call will take place on Thursday 18 January 2018 at 14.30 (local Irish time). It will be hosted by DAFM and will also include a representative from Teagasc. Participants will need to register to be involved in the webinar.

Source: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine