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TOPIC : Better understanding the challenges facing agriculture and the impacts of policies - A European platform to support modelling in agriculture

Topic identifier: SFS-49-2017
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
04 October 2016
Deadline: 14 February 2017 17:00:00

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

All major policy developments in the areas of agriculture, sustainable management of natural resources, food or climate change involve impact assessments which are (partly) based on quantitative analysis and projections delivered by models. In the last decades, policies have had to widen the scope of their main objectives to take account of new challenges such as climate change. In addition, policymakers expect that new issues of interest – e.g. working of supply chains – can be informed by model outputs. It is considered that, to bridge the gap between the expectations of policymakers and the capacity of models in a more complex environment, setting up a modelling platform is necessary.

Scope:

The modelling platform will allow to better understand the functioning of the EU Agricultural Sector at different spatial scales (Member States, regions, farm types, grid, etc.), various agricultural activities, be capable of simulating existing and potential agricultural policies, adoption of technologies, bilateral trade, etc. Other areas to be tackled by the platform will include linkages with land use, low carbon economy and climate change, sustainable development goals and linking agricultural production to upstream and downstream sectors. The platform will include several existing models and serve as a forum for model improvement, linking and development and for foresighting in the area of modelling. The platform will be open to relevant entities from outside the EU.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of up to EUR 1 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:
  • Improved capacity of current models to deliver on an increasing variety of policy objectives
  • Research community on modelling strengthened
  • Exploration of future directions for modelling
Topic conditions and documents

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  3. Evaluation

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    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:

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  7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.

    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.

       Open access to research data

  • The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in annex L of the Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.
  • Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.
  • Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.
  • Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs.
  • Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.
  • The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.
  • Further information on the Open Research Data Pilot is made available in the H2020 Online Manual.

 

  1. Additional documents:

H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction

H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy

H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation

H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: General Annexes

Legal basis: Horizon 2020 - Regulation of Establishment

Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation

Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme

 

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