The "Quality of Life" fifth framework programme is based
around six key actions aimed at enhancing the quality of life
of European citizens and improving the competitiveness of European
action 5 (KA5) of this programme aims to fulfil this objective
by improving "the sustainability of European agriculture,
forestry and fisheries". The key action invites research
proposals in the fields of sustainable agriculture and fisheries,
non-food uses of biological material, forestry and forest industries,
support to common policies, and rural development.
The budget for the key action is around 520 M€ for the four-year
period 1998-2002. Research proposals and networks (RTD) are invited
through specific calls published on a yearly basis. The key action
also has a small part of the budget allocated to training and
SME grants, and support measures through open calls for proposals.
publication is a description of projects selected under the first
four RTD evaluations of key action 5. The projects selected from
the fourth evaluation, which took place in December 2000 are still
undergoing negotiation and these are indicated in the respective
sections of the text.
& programme information
first call for KA5 was published on 6 March 1999 and resulted
in two evaluations in July 1999 and December 1999, while the second
call for proposals was published on 15 December 1999 with
two evaluations in May 2000 and December 2000. The third call
for proposals for deadlines in 2001 was published in the official
journal in November 2000 and has only one deadline corresponding
to the whole of KA5 closing on the 15 October 2001. The fourth
and final call will be targeted towards specific areas and modalities
and will be published in November 2001.
four evaluations held so far have resulted in a total of 1264
submitted research proposals across all areas of the key action,
of which 15% or 126 proposals were rendered ineligible due to
non-conformity with the criteria stipulated in the call. Of the
732 submitted for evaluation 220 proposals or 18% were retained
for funding. The financial contribution from the EU for the 220
projects amounts to 340.8 M€, which represents 68 % of the
total cost of 503 M€. This involves the participation of
1744 public/university laboratories and industries. Industrial
participation is around 15 % on average but reaches 40% in the
industrial parts of the programme in forest industries 5.3.2.
and non-food uses 5.2. Of the 220 projects only 19 are concerted
actions or thematic networks, the rest being shared cost research
and demonstration projects or combinations thereof.
Description of projects
funded projects address many important issues of concern to the
sustainable management of our living resources.
Sustainable Agriculture and CAP support (5.1.1
and 5.4), selected projects
include ways to improve the handling and transport of animals;
new disease markers of pigs and cattle; rapid detection and prevention
of a range of different plant diseases; ways to make organic farming
more competitive; waste treatment on farms; landscape ecosystem
and biodiversity management systems; introduction of a bond scheme
to assist farmers in the transition towards a free market;
Non-Food development (5.2),
the projects deal with the production of biofuels, bioplastics,
and green chemicals from renewable biological resources.
Forestry (5.3), projects dealt
with improving wood quality in a number of species, control of
pests, and on eco-efficient forest operations while the forest
industry projects concentrate on different eco-efficient processes,
recycling technologies, and improvement of the finished product
quality of wood products and paper
Fisheries (5.1.2 and 5.4),
projects cover control of fish farm effluents; fish-meal and oil
alternatives; interactions between birds and fisheries; coastal
zone problems; Aquaculture; ways to evaluate the impact of the
Common Fisheries Policy and fisheries management.
Rural development (5.5), selected
projects deal with landscape management and evaluation of ecosystems;
urban impact; impact of accession countries; investment, farm
diversification and agro-marketing.
RTD Project Statistics (1999-2001)
and results from projects in Agriculture Forestry and Rural development
funded in the previous fourth framework FAIR programme can be
For FAIR programme Non-Food and Forest products research results
the documents needed to prepare and submit a an RTD proposal are
available on the Web at: cordis.europa.eu/life
Requests for documents, and other questions can be addressed to:
- fax: +322.299.1860
EU Contacts for Key Action 5
indicates project in negotiation. Probable start date: June 2001.
The financial contribution is only indicative.