Why does research and innovation on genetic resources and breeding matter?
Genetic resources play a crucial role in agricultural and forest-based activities. They hold the key to diverse and healthy diets and to the adaptation of plants and animals to a changing and more variable climate.
This potential is not sufficiently used and current farming modes increasingly rely on a limited number of plant and animal species. Three major crops (rice, wheat and maize) provide more than 50% of the world’s plant-derived calories. Reversing this trend and increasing the resilience of farming and forestry is critical and of global concern, especially now in an era of accelerated climate change and an ever increasing population.
Research an innovation activities aim to halt the further loss of genetic diversity by tapping into the vast gene pool of plant and animals and making it available to breeders, farmers and ultimately consumers.
Breeding efforts are also being undertaken to broaden the genetic base of cultivated crops and create varieties that meet the variety of demands related to quality, resilience and sustainability.
Calls for proposals related to genetic resources and breeding are spread across numerous schemes in Horizon 2020. This page lists them and explains how you can apply.
The rural development policy supports innovation through a range of interventions, including the European innovation partnership for agriculture (EIP-AGRI).
Some genetic resources and breeding related calls may be found in this programme.
Collaboration and jobs
The EIP-AGRI fosters innovation in agriculture and forestry connecting knowledge and practice.
Search and view profiles of all organisations that have received funding via the funding and tenders portal.
Major facilities, resources and services used by the science community.
SME-Instrument supports many applied projects, such as SWINE-GEN on genetic markers assisted selection for improvement of swine breeding productivity.
Researcher jobs in related fields.
Projects and results
This factsheet collects most of the research and innovation related to resources and breeding under Horizon 2020 societal challenge 2.
The one-stop shop to EU-funded agricultural innovation projects.
The Commission's primary portal for results of EU-funded research projects.
Stories of particularly successful EU-funded research projects
Scientific publications, tools and databases
Scientific publications produced by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).
The Commission's Joint Research Centre compiles databases and develops software and modelling tools.
Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions. All data is free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes.
You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE.
Access to agriculture data from the Copernicus programme.