European call for proposals: Sustainable and Resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems

Successful projects will address:
• Developing markets for a wide range of products and services generated through integrated food and non-food systems e.g. via new bio-technologies and industrial processes, needs and opportunities of SMEs and intermediate sized businesses.
• Resilient agricultural systems allowing growth and intensification of agriculture under the increasing stress of climate change, new pests and disease outbreaks and other environmental pressures and preserving biodiversity and ecosystem services.
• Environmental sustainability indicators to assess other trade-offs between environmental and production deliverables for any particular agricultural system.
• Spatial targeting of land use to increase biomass production and transformation, stimulating the growth of systems for the efficient utilisation of biomass cascading through novel transformations.
• Sustainable intensification of integrated food and non-food systems of agriculture, by developing integrated, systems-based approaches to land management.

Additional requirements to the projects:
• Each research project proposal must include a plan for valorization of results and link with FACCE SURPLUS projects from the first and from the second call. Interconnections with other relevant initiatives in the thematic field are desirable.
• Research projects should exploit the potential to produce relevant support for policy makers, e.g. policy briefs.
• Cross-disciplinary projects encompassing biomass production and conversion thus promoting a comprehensive value chain concept will be given priority. Inclusion of private partners (e.g. SMEs), appropriate stakeholders and/or endusers (e.g. farmers) in the consortia is envisaged.
• The integration of social sciences and humanities is encouraged to elaborate a broader economic, environmental and societal context.

The 8 participating countries
La France,

Submission deadline for the pre-proposal: 19 March 2019, 14:00 CET

Illustration Photo: Riparian Forest Buffer (credits: USDA / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))

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