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Apply: Joint Call of ERA-NET Cofund on Food Systems and Climate (FOSC).

The new Horizon 2020 ERA‐NET‐Cofund ‘Food Systems and Climate” (FOSC): Assessing the impact of climate change on food and nutrition security and designing more sustainable and resilient food systems in Europe and beyond’ (EC Grant 862555) launched its trans‐continental call for research proposals in the field of food systems and climate. This call is one of the actions of the Implementation Plan of FACCEJPI and a means of collaboration between FACCE JPI and Belmont Forum members to address one of their common research area’s: food security under climate change. After LEAP‐Agri (ERA‐NET Cofund 2016‐2021), FOSC will also contribute to the HLPD EU/Africa roadmap ambition to “align, under a common vision, existing joint R&I activities” in the long term.
The joint call – with an indicative budget of approximately €17 million including EC top‐up funding –
brings together 25 funding organizations of 21 countries from 3 continents.
The aim of the Call is to support scientifically excellent, trans‐continental research, development and innovation projects that contribute to the knowledge base on food systems and climate change.
The joint call will support basic and applied research and is focused on the interactions between climate and food systems: assessing the consequences of climate change on agri‐food markets and developing sustainable and resilient food value chains in the context of changing food needs and patterns (diets).
The submitted proposals must be multidisciplinary and should address at least one of the following topics:
– It is highly recommended to address trans disciplinarity in the proposed projects.
 Assess climate change‐related risks for food value chains, including impacts on producers, prices,availability, quality, international trade and food security, and resulting changes in consumer behaviours;
 Promote innovative technology deployment to build sustainable and resilient food value chains influenced by changing food needs and patterns, and to develop better efficiency of the inputs and outputs of food systems;
 Improve resilience and reduce volatility in agri‐food production and food markets to sustainably improve food security in the context of climatic variation;
 Reduce food losses under climate change, including novel approaches to valorise side streams and reduce food waste.
Applications must be submitted by project consortia that consist of research teams from a minimum of 4 countries from 2 continents (Europe, Africa or Latin America): at least 2 European countries (EU members and H2020 associated countries) and at least 2 from Latin American and/or African countries participating to the Call.
The joint call was pre‐announced on November 4th, 2019, and opened on December 20th, 2019, and follows a two‐stage procedure with the pre‐proposal deadline on February 19th, 2020, 17:00 h (CET), and full proposal deadline on July 21st , 2020, 17:00 h (CET). Applicants are advised to check the FOSC website for the latest version of the Call Document and of the National and Regional Funding Regulations.
Furthermore, applicants must contact their funding organizations contact person to inform about the intended application and to be informed about national or regional requirements.
FOSC Submission Webpage: https://ptoutline.eu/app/fosc
FOSC website: www.foscera.net

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