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CORE Organic is the acronym for "Coordination of European Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming Systems". As an ERA-NET action, it intends to increase cooperation between national research activities. CORE Organic Plus is the continuation of the ERA-Nets CORE Organic I and CORE Organic II. Compared to the previous CORE Organic ERA-Nets the Plus ERA-Net will benefit from an additional top-up funding by the European Commission.

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ERA-Nets in the KBBE-Area:

ANIHWA: Animal health and welfare in organic livestock

Start Date: 2012-01-01 - End Date: 2015-12-31
Coordination: INRA - Website:
Building on the experience and achievements of the previous ERA-Net EMIDA, the Animal Health and Welfare ERA-Net (ANIHWA) aims to increase cooperation and coordination of national research programmes on animal health and welfare of farm animals, including fish and bees

ARIMNET: Coordination of Agricultural Research in the Mediterranean

Start Date: 2008-10-01 - End Date: 2013-03-31
Coordination: INRA -Website:
The countries of the Mediterranean basin face a number of similar problems in relation to agriculture, mainly as regards the use and management of natural resources, such as soil and water, crop protection and threats to the security and sustainability of agricultural production resulting from climate change. The project is expected to help coordinate national research activities and identify common research programmes among the countries of the Mediterranean area, fight fragmentation and exploit synergies.

ARIMNET 2 (under negotiation): Coordination of Agricultural Research in the Mediterranean

Start Date:unknown -End Date:unknown
Coordination: INRA - website: not available yet
Based on the common knowledge produced in ARIMNet, a further step will be achieved by deepening the scientific and strategic analysis of the challenges for the future and identifying actions. In particular will be focussed on strengthening the links between research and innovation in the Mediterranean Agriculture.

BESTF1: BioEnergy Sustaining the Future 1

Start Date: 2013-01-01 -End Date: 2017-12-31 (expected)
Coordination: TSB - Website:
The European Union (EU) is committed to combating climate change and to increasing security of its energy supply. BESTF1 aims to setup projects to demonstrate enhanced bioenergy technologies that will help Europe progress towards achieving its 2016 and 2020 targets. It will leverage public-private partnerships to manage the risks and share the financing of close to market bioenergy projects.

BESTF2: BioEnergy Sustaining the Future 2

Start Date: 2013-01-01 - End Date: 2018-09-30 (expected)
Coordination: TSB - Website:
The European Union (EU) is committed to combating climate change and to increasing security of its energy supply. BESTF1 aims to setup projects to demonstrate enhanced bioenergy technologies that will help Europe progress towards achieving its 2016 and 2020 targets. It will leverage public-private partnerships to manage the risks and share the financing of close to market bioenergy projects.

BIODIVERSA 2: Cooperation and shared strategies for biodiversity research programmes in Europe

Start Date: 2010-11-01 - End Date: 2014-10-31
Coordination: FRB - Website:
BiodivERsA is a network of 21 research-funding agencies across 15 European countries. It is a second-generation ERA-Net, funded under the EU's 7th Framework Programme for Research, and works to coordinate national research programmes on biodiversity across Europe and to organize international funding for research projects in this field, on a competitive basis.

C-IPM (under negotiation): Integrated Pest Management (IPM) ERA-NET

Start Date: unknown - End Date: unknown
Coordination: INRA - Website: not available yet
The overall goal of C-IPM is to ensure a higher level of implementation of Integrated Pest Management among European farmers by creating synergies from national investments in research and extension, from European initiatives, and from private sector activities in the areas of Integrated Pest Management and minor uses. Preliminary work carried out in the SCAR CWG on IPM highlights the feasibility of generating added value via joint activities that range from information sharing and the creation of knowledge hubs to the development of joint transnational actions.

COFASP: Strengthening cooperation in European research on sustainable exploitation of marine resources in the seafood chains – ERANET

Start Date: 2013-02-01 - End Date: 2017-01-31
Coordination: DASTI - Website:
COFASP is an ERA-NET created to directly address actions envisaged within fisheries, aquaculture and seafood. It will lay the basis for exploitation according to the precautionary principles and will enhance innovation in and competiveness of the primary sectors fisheries and aquaculture as well as subsequent seafood processing and distribution to the consumer.

ERA-ARD II: The Agricultural Research for Development Dimension of the European Research Area

Start Date: 2010-10-01 - End Date: 2013-09-30
Coordination: Min EZ - Website:
The Agricultural Research for Development Dimension of the European Research Area: ARD is research which addresses the agricultural challenges and issues faced by developing countries, emerging countries and countries in transition. Agriculture is used in its broad sense and includes crops, livestock, forestry, fisheries, environment and natural resources management.

ERA CAPS: ERA-NET for Coordinating Action in Plant Sciences

Start Date: 2010-12-01 - End Date: 2014-11-30
Coordination: BBSRC - Website:
ERA-Net for Coordinating Action in Plant Sciences. This ERA-Net on molecular plant sciences follows on from ERA-PG. ERA-CAPS' principal objective is to increase coordination and unite the resources of (predominantly) European research funding agencies with those of an enlarged Europe and beyond, to enable a pooling of scientific and economic capabilities of member countries. This will engender the creation and coordination of sustainable transnational plant science research programmes to meet the global challenges of food security and sustainability.

ERA-IB 2: ERA-Net for Industrial Biotechnology

Start Date: 2011-12-01 - End Date: 2015-11-30
Coordination: FNR - Website:
The key mission of ERA-IB-2 is to contribute to a European knowledge-based bio-economy (KBBE) by reducing fragmentation in Industrial Biotechnology R&D funding and by fostering the exchange of knowledge across borders, and to increase cost-effectiveness by pooling resources and optimising mechanisms for joint calls.

ERASYNBIO: Development and Coordination of Synthetic Biology in the European Research Area

Start Date: 2012-01-01 - End Date: 2014-12-31
Coordination: JUELICH - Website:
The central idea of ERASynBio is to promote the robust development of synthetic biology by structuring and coordinating national efforts and investment at the intersection of engineering, bioscience, chemistry, and information technology.

ERASysAPP: Systems Biology Applications

Start Date: 2013-01-01 - End Date: 2015-12-31
Coordination: JUELICH - Website:
The main objective of the ERANET proposal Systems Biology Applications ERASysAPP (app = application = translational systems biology) is to promote multidimensional and complementary European systems biology (SB) projects, programmes, and research initiatives on a number of selected research topics. Apart from setting up joint transnational calls and giving impulses for industry to apply more SB approaches, ERASysAPP will focus on horizontal topics such as improved data management and sharing, training and networking with national, transnational, and EU SB initiatives as well as programmes outside the ERA.

ERASYSBIO +: The consolidation of systems biology research stimulating the widespread adoption of systems approaches in biomedicine, biotechnology, and agri-food

Start Date: 2008-10-01 - End Date: 2013-06-30
Coordination: JUELICH - Website:
Systems biology integrates mathematics, chemistry, physics, informatics, engineering and other fields in biological research. It is the interdisciplinary that makes collaboration imperative. Therefore the ERASysBio+ partners firmly believe that systems biology offers the ideal vehicle to implement pan-European collaboration in order to overcome the still success limiting fragmentation within systems biology. The aim of the ERANET-Plus is to implement a large transnational call enabling transnational, collaborative research projects in systems biology research.


Start Date: 2011-01-01 - End Date: 2014-03-31
Coordination: DEFRA-FERA - Website:
EUPHRESCO II will enhance the European Research Area that supports the Community Plant Health Regime (CPHR). It will directly support EU policy, operations and science capability by providing rapid and customised answers to challenges caused by quarantine plant pests.

EUROTRANS-BIO: EUROpean network of TRANS-national collaborative RTD for SME's projects in the field of BIOtechnology

Start Date: 2009-01-01 - End Date: 2012-12-31
Coordination: BMWFJ - Website:
EuroTransBio's goal is to establish cross-border partnerships between SMEs and their strategic partners, improve and accelerate technology transfer, and strengthen European efforts to achieve sustainable industrial development in the field of modern biotechnology. EuroTransBio launches common calls for industry-driven trans-national R&D&I projects in order to build an integrated funding program for biotech SMEs.

ETB-PRO: EUROpean programme for TRANS-national R&D&I cooperations of BIOtech SMEs

Start Date: 2009-01-01 - End Date: 2013-12-31
Coordination: BMWFJ - Website:
ETB-PRO will reduce the fragmentation of ERA and support high quality R&D&I project cooperation of European biotech SMEs by building on success factors of the predecessor project and establish a sustainable joint program with high funding impact.

FACCE-ERA-NET+ (under negotiation):Food security, Agriculture, Climate Change ERA-NET plus

Start Date: October 2013 - End Date: September 2018
Coordination: INRA - Website:
The overall aim of the FACCE-ERA-NET+ action is to allow the 18 Member and Associated State partners to successfully implement a Joint Call on Climate Smart Agriculture as part of the FACCE-JPI action strategy detailed in the SRA thus further increasing the level of coordination between European research funding bodies in the area of Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change. This will contribute to the strategic objective of the JPI which is to build a European Research Area in the domain of agriculture, food security and climate change as well as to the scientific objective of enhancing resilience in agricultural production systems. In turn, this will contribute to tackling the societal challenge of ensuring food security in the face of climate change.

FORESTERRA: Enhancing FOrest RESearch in the MediTERRAnean through improved coordination and integration

Start Date: 2012-01-01 - End Date: 2015-12-31
Coordination: MINECO- Website:
FORESTERRA aims to reinforce the scientific coordination and integration of Mediterranean forest research programmes as well as scientific cooperation with Mediterranean-area countries (including EU and non-EU member states) and with countries from other Mediterranean Climate Areas (MCA) in this case, Australia, South Africa, Chile and California.

ICT-AGRI: Coordination of European research on ICT and robotics in agriculture and related environmental issues

Start Date: 2009-01-05 - End Date: 2014-03-31
Coordination: DASTI - Website:
Coordination of European Research within ICT and Robotics in Agriculture and related Environmental Issues. ICT-AGRI is unique because its cross-thematic nature is building bridges between disciplines and research areas that do not commonly join forces. ICT-AGRI will help create the best possible opportunities for a modern European agriculture while protecting the environment and promoting innovation and competitiveness.

ICT-AGRI-2: Information and Communication Technologies and Robotics for Sustainable Agriculture

Start Date: 2014-01-01 - End Date: 2017-12-31
Coordination: DASTI Website: http://
The use of ICT and robotics in internal farm operations and in external farm business relations is growing fast, and compatible systems are becoming increasingly critical for achieving the full potential of the technology. The present proposal is based on the on-going ERA-NET ICT-AGRI (Co-ordination of ICT and Ro-botics in Agriculture and Related Environmental Issues). Nearly all participants continue in ICT-AGRI-2 and new participants strengthen the representation of important agricultural countries. The results, experience, tools and goodwill achieved in ICT-AGRI are thus available for ICT-AGRI-2.

MARINE BIOTECH: CSA in Marine Biotechnology

Start Date: 2011-10-01 End Date: 2013-03-31
Coordination: RCN- Website:
The main goal of the CSA MarineBiotech is to reduce current fragmentation and duplication in marin biotechnology research, and pave the way for common programmes and cooperation. This will include the provision and utilisation of common research infrastructures through a future ERA-NET in marine biotechnology.


Start Date: autumn 2013 - End Date: 2017-12-31 (expected)
Coordinator: RCN - Website:
Marine ecosystems provide a unique environment with an enormous potential to contribute to environmental and human health and to the sustainable supply of food, energy and biomaterials. Marine biotechnology is, and will become even more, central to delivering these benefits from the sea. In the European context, marine biotechnology can and should make an important contribution towards meeting the 'Grand Challenges' for the 21st century and the development of greener, smarter economies, central components of the Europe 2020 Strategy. A sound strategy and a concerted coordination of relevant national and regional RTDI programmes are urgently needed in Europe to allow this potential to be realised. The main goal of the CSA MarineBiotech is to reduce current fragmentation and duplication, and pave the way for common programmes and cooperation. This will include the provision and utilisation of common research infrastructures through a future ERA-NET in marine biotechnology.

RURAGRI: Facing sustainability: New relationships between rural areas and agriculture in Europe

Start Date: 2009-10-01 - End Date: 2013-09-30
Coordination: INRA - Website:
RURAGRI aims to improve coordination between on-going and future European, national and regional research programmes dealing with the new relationships between rural areas and agriculture in Europe and the challenge of sustainability.

SEAS-ERA: Towards integrated European marine research strategy and programmes

Start Date: 2010-05-01 - End Date: 2014-04-30
Coordination: MINECO - Website:
SEAS-ERA aims at embracing marine and maritime research in its entirety, overarching the previous initiatives which only targeted a given area or basin and, therefore, constituting a stable and durable structure for empowering and strengthening marine research all across Europe.

SUMFOREST (under negotiation): Tackling the Challenges in the Implementation of Sustainable and Multifunctional Forestry through enhanced Research Coordination for Policy

Start Date: End 2013 - End Date: End 2017
Coordination: BMLFUW - Website: not available yet
SUMFOREST will be instrumental creating a European forest research area comprising: well-coordinated European, national and regional research programmes; effectively coordinated research institutions and centres of excellence are crucial to address the complex interdisciplinary and cross-sectorial nature of emerging forestry challenges; joint research facilities and Pan-European networks of large-scale research infrastructures with long-term funding; Strengthened science-policy-practice interaction is crucial for sound policy-making and for fostering innovation within the forest-based sector.

SUSFOOD: Sustainable Food

Start Date: 2011-12-01 - End Date: 2014-11-30
Coordination: INRA - Website:
Susfood:Sustainable Food Production and Consumption. Its strategic goal is to reinforce the scientific cooperation between EU Member and Associated States in order to maximize the contribution of research to the development of more sustainable food systems from farm to fork.

WOODWISDOM-NET 2: Networking and integration of national programmes in the area of wood material science and engineering in the forest-based value chains

Start Date: 2009-03-01 - End Date: 2012-02-29
Coordination: TEKES - Website:
Networking and Integration of National Programmes in the Area of Wood Material Science and Engineering in the Forest-Based Value Chains. The overall objective of WW-Net 2 was to promote the transformation of the European F-BI from a resource-intensive to a value-added knowledge-intensive, innovative and globally competitive industry based on the sustainable use of renewable raw materials.

WOODWISDOM-NET+: Innovation in the forest-based sector for increasing resource efficiency and tackling climate change with competitive customer solutions

Start Date: 2012-11-15 - End Date: 2017-11-14
Coordination: TEKES - Website:
The main approach in the WW-Net+ is the substitution of non-renewable resources (e.g. materials or fossil fuels), by renewable forest-based solutions to reduce carbon emissions and waste. WW-Net+ will base its research, development and innovation funding activities on the processes and experience developed during the preceding ERA-Nets towards streamlined and efficient processes. The preceding ERA-Nets WoodWisdom-Net (2004-08) and WoodWisdom-Net 2 (2009-12) form the transnational WoodWisdom-Net Research Programme (total funding volume of the launched 3 calls ca. 50 million euros) which provides the planned ERA-NET Plus Action with a solid foundation. Looking to the future, the WW-Net+ will continue to improve the delivery of joint activities and has ambitious goals for funding trans-national research and offering access to the resources of other countries.


Other Initiatives in the KBBE-Area:

JPI FACCE: Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change

Coordination: INRA - Website:
The mission of the FACCE - JPI is to achieve, support and promote integration, alignment and joint implementation of national resources under a common research and innovation strategy to address the diverse challenges in agriculture, food security and climate change. It will involve aligning existing research programmes as well as creating new ones.

JPI HDHL: Joint Programming Initiative on a Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life

Coordination: Min EZ - Website:
This Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) aims to provide a holistic approach to develop and implement a research programme to understand the interplay of factors known to directly affect diet related diseases, discover new relevant factors, mechanisms and strategies, as well as to contribute to the development of actions, policies, innovative products and diets, with the aim of drastically reducing the burden of diet-related diseases.

BIOENERGY: Pulling bioenergy research together

Coordination: Min-EZ - Website:
The goals of the network are to strengthen European efforts to realise the potential of renewable energy production from biomass, and to strengthen industrial production by enhancing research co-operation and co-ordination on a European level, through the networking of bioenergy RTD programmes of national governments.

SAHYOG: Strengthening networking on BiomAss researcH and biowaste conversion biotechnologY for EurOpe India inteGration

Start Date: 2011-12-01 - End Date: 2014-11-30
Coordination: ENEA - Website:
The main objective of the SAHYOG project is to establish a partnering initiative to coordinate research activities carried out in Europe and India on biomass production and bio-waste conversion through biotechnological approaches.

STAR-IDAZ: Global Strategic Alliances for the Coordination of Research on the Major Infectious Diseases of Animals and Zoonoses

Start Date: 2011-02-01 - End Date: 2015-01-31
Coordination: DEFRA - Website:
An increasing number of the major disease problems or threats faced by the livestock industry and zoonoses are of a global nature. The overall aim of STAR-IDAZ is to improve coordination of research activities on the major infectious diseases of livestock and zoonoses so as to hasten the delivery of improved control methods.


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