Why does research and innovation on plant health matter?

Plant health is under mounting pressure due to the increasing number and frequency of new and reemerging pests resulting from intensification, globalisation, trade development and climate change, which increase their potential to establish themselves and spread.

The introduction and spread of plant pests are a serious threat that can have far-reaching economic, social and environmental consequences.

European agriculture and forestry need to be granted sufficient means to cope with these threats to ensure their vital functions, avoid trade disruptions and ensure consumer confidence in food by mitigating the potential risks to plant health.

Tackling numerous and highly dynamic biotic threats requires integrated approaches and the development of a wide range of tools for prevention, monitoring, control and management of pests and diseases along with risk management strategies. This includes seeking alternatives to contentious pesticides.

Funding opportunities

  • Horizon 2020

    Calls for proposals related to plant health are spread across numerous schemes in Horizon 2020. This page lists them and explains how you can apply.

  • European agricultural fund for rural development

    The rural development policy supports innovation through a range of interventions, including the European innovation partnership for agriculture (EIP-AGRI).

  • LIFE programme

    Some plant health related calls may be found in this programme.

Collaboration and jobs

Projects and results

Scientific publications, tools and databases