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TOPIC : Support Action to a common agricultural and wider bioeconomy research agenda

Topic identifier: SFS-25-2016
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
27 October 2015
Deadline: 17 February 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

To consolidate a common agricultural and wider bioeconomy research agenda that enhances cooperation, coordination, and information exchange between the Member States.

Scope:

Improve the alignment and interoperability of national research programmes in the Societal Challenge 2 domains; broaden the participation of the different strategic and collaborative working groups, ERA-NETs, and JPIs; stimulate and maintain the interest of relevant countries not yet fully involved; improve the overall organisation communication and dissemination activities underpinning a common agricultural and wider bioeconomy research agenda.

Submission of a single proposal is highly encouraged. In terms of geographical coverage, the consortium should be representative of the EU Member States and Associated Countries. Entities in EU Member States and Associated Countries not covered by the consortium should be identified and the reasons for not participating in the Consortium explained in the proposal. Representatives of or experts nominated by legal entities in charge of national research and innovation programmes and policies in the Societal Challenge 2 domains from these countries are nevertheless invited and encouraged to participate in the project activities (e.g. workshops), and the costs incurred by the consortium for such participation (e.g. travel costs) may be included in the estimated budget and be eligible for funding by the Commission.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 1 and 2 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude the submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

The research agenda should support the development of the bioeconomy in the European Research Area, based on a comprehensive analysis of EU wide national and regional financial and human bioeconomy capacities, including the barriers to greater alignment and interoperability across borders for the benefit of building up:

  • A detailed and robust picture of the EU strengths and weaknesses in the common agricultural and wider bioeconomy research and innovation fields;
  • identification of potential measures to support the development of the bioeconomy in the European Research Area;
  • a more efficient European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability and Agricultural/Bioeconomy Knowledge and Innovation Systems.
Delegation Exception Footnote:

This activity directly aimed at supporting public-public partnerships with Member States and associated countries, technology platforms with industrial partners and earth observation networks is excluded from the delegation to REA and will be implemented by the Commission services.

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.
 

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects (follow the links to China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan).

     
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme. Only legal entities from EU Member States and Associated Countries, in charge of national research and innovation programmes and policy in the Societal Challenge 2 - Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy, are eligible to participate in the consortium.
    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

     
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme
    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

          
  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

    Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

    Information on the outcome of two-stage evaluation:
          For stage 1: maximum 3 months from the deadline for submission.
          For stage 2: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

      
  5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Coordination and Supporting Actions:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template
    Standard evaluation form
    H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement
  6. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.

    Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

     
  7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.
  8. Additional documents
     

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