| Deadline: 17 June 2016

Sumforest Call for 'Sustainable Forests for the Society of the Future'

The FP7 funded ERA-NET Sumforest has launched a call for transnational collaborative research projects. It focuses on basic and applied research to inform policy decisions and also addresses research issues spanning the whole value chain from forest management to product and service development. Proposals are expected to be transnational, and innovative forms of cooperation are encouraged. Russia is involved as a funding partner, thus the call is open to Russian participation.

Aim and Scope of the call

The present call for proposals focuses on basic and applied research to inform policy decisions regarding multifunctional forestry and also addresses research issues spanning the whole value chain from forest management to product and service development. Proposals are expected to be transnational, and innovative forms of cooperation are encouraged. This includes interdisciplinary research and implementation across disciplinary boundaries of forest-related sciences, delivering meaningful cooperation between biophysical/natural and social scientists.

The scientific scope of the present call for proposals addresses collaborative projects in three research areas which are incorporated into the following three topics of this call:

  • Comparative assessment of the sustainability performance of renewable and non-renewable raw material-based value chains to inform policy decisions.
  • Risk resilient forest management - Adapting forest management regimes which incorporate risk assessment related to potential climate change impacts to inform policy decisions.
  • Investigation, appraisal and evaluation of trade-offs related to the provision of forest ecosystem services to inform policy decisions.

Proposals may cover one or several topics and focus areas.

Eligibility

The call invites proposals for collaborative research and development of transnational consortia of research organisations and companies from at least 3 different countries participating in the call. The duration of proposed projects may vary between 18 and 36 months. National Regulations, including the potential eligibility of the private sector, e.g. SMEs, must be followed and will be published on the 21st March 2016 on www.sumforest.org/calls-research.

Anticipated time schedule

  • Launch of the Call: 21st March 2016
  • Optional pre-registration for proposals: 20th May 2016
  • Closing date for proposals: 17th June 2016 |  3pm CET
  • Eligibility check: 20th June – 01st July 2016
  • Latest date the funding deci-sion is communicated to ap-plicants: 14th October 2016
  • Tentative start of projects 1. Call: 15th December 2016 till beginning of 2017

Application procedure and evaluation criteria

A one-step application will be used in this call. Proposals (in English language) must be submitted electronically. An optional pre-registration until the 20th May 2016 is strongly recommended to ensure eligibility. Information on the Scope of the Call and the Timeline are given here:

Countries that participate in this call are the following:

Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia.

More information about the participating countries can be found here:

Instructions regarding submission, eligibility, evaluation criteria and other relevant information is available below:

To apply for funding of this Call, please fill in the Proposal Template and submit it to the Online Portal!

Contact

For secretariat support please contact:

Vera Steinberg
vera.steinberg@ble.de
Phone: +49 228 6845 3653

or

Johannes Bender
johannes.bender@ble.de
Phone: +49 228 6845 3930

Source and full call details: Sumforest

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