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ERA-CAPS

European Research Area Network for Coordinating Action in Plant Sciences

Start date 1 December 2011
End date 31 May 2015
Duration 42 months
Programme acronym FP7-KBBE
Website www.eracaps.org
Total costs 2,221,910
Contribution by EC 1,989,658
Coordinator
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Contact person Paul Wiley
Participants
Austrian Science Fund
National Fund for Scientific Research
National Research Council
German Research Foundation
Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation
Estonian Research Council
French National Institute for Agricultural Research
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Ministry of Education, University and Research
Latvian Academy of Sciences
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
Research Council of Norway
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
National Centre for Research and Development
Foundation for Science and Technology
Ministry of Education, Science and technological Development
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Hungarian Academy of Sciences - Agricultural Institute
Innovation Fund Denmark
Observers
European Plant Science Organisation
French National Research Agency
Japan Science and Technology Agency
Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food
Ministry of Science and Technology - Department of Biotechnology
National Science Foundation

Participants

22

Countries

19

Calls

2

Projects

26

Objective

Plant sciences face important challenges at the European and global scale due to a burgeoning world population that requires sustenance. Reliable production of high-quality and safe food, feed and renewable Carbon supplies for green chemistry, without the use of excess land, energy, water, pesticides and chemicals is therefore essential. To ensure that we have the scientific understanding to again revolutionise agricultural capabilities to deliver higher yields with lower inputs in a changing...

Plant sciences face important challenges at the European and global scale due to a burgeoning world population that requires sustenance. Reliable production of high-quality and safe food, feed and renewable Carbon supplies for green chemistry, without the use of excess land, energy, water, pesticides and chemicals is therefore essential. To ensure that we have the scientific understanding to again revolutionise agricultural capabilities to deliver higher yields with lower inputs in a changing climate, we have formed a network focusing on Coordinating Action in Plant Sciences (ERA-CAPS).

This network unites the scientific and economic capabilities of member states and enable the coordination of sustainable transnational plant science research programmes. ERA-PG (2004-2009) successfully initiated a programme to structure the scientific and technological basis for plant genomics programmes in Europe. This has fostered the development of the common knowledge base necessary to build coherent transnational policy frameworks. However, if transnational cooperation and resolute mutual goals in the plant sciences are to be firmly embedded in national policies and processes, these foundations must be strengthened and expanded. To bring this about ERA-CAPS will pursue the development of a common agenda for plant science in Europe and create a joint research programme. ERA-CAPS will also facilitate data management, access and sharing solutions.

Through external engagement ERA-CAPS will enable interaction between researchers, funders and relevant European initiatives, and assist in the systematic exchange of information to facilitate the expansion of the network and the involvement of new members and affiliates. Such a network will significantly help plant sciences address both current and future challenges in food and non-food crop production.

Mapping

A number of mapping and scoping activities have been carried out or are planned by ERA-CAPS. The four key activities are as follows:

• National plant science programmes: Partner funding agencies were surveyed to establish existing national plant science programmes and funding priorities. This inventory provided an update to information supplied by partners involved in ERA-PG, and established a baseline for the new partners. This identified areas of common interest that were used t...

A number of mapping and scoping activities have been carried out or are planned by ERA-CAPS. The four key activities are as follows:

• National plant science programmes: Partner funding agencies were surveyed to establish existing national plant science programmes and funding priorities. This inventory provided an update to information supplied by partners involved in ERA-PG, and established a baseline for the new partners. This identified areas of common interest that were used to identify topics for the first transnational call.
• Key facilities and personnel: Key information on plant scientists and major facilities available in the partner organisations will be gathered and used to populate the Meta-Knowledge Base. This will facilitate the formation of collaborations within the plant science community
• Existing transnational activities: This survey identified the multinational networks ERA-CAPS partners are involved in, the funding mechanisms and processes adopted in these networks, and if they have become self-sustaining. This provides background evidence that will enable ERA-CAPS to become self-sustaining.
• Data sharing policies: Partners were surveyed on their organisational or national data sharing policies. This will feed into the ERA-CAPS objective to develop a data-sharing policy. The results of many of the mapping and scoping activities carried out by ERA-CAPS will be used to populate a Meta-Knowledge Base that is being developed as one of the deliverables of the ERA-NET.

Joint Calls

Call Launch date No. of funding agencies No of projects funded Call budget
ERA-CAPS - 2012 19 Nov 2012 17 14 20,000,000
ERA-CAPS - 2014 14 Jan 2014 18 12 20,000,000
 
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