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FACCE ERA NET PLUS Report Summary

Project ID: 618105
Funded under: FP7-KBBE
Country: France

Periodic Report Summary 2 - FACCE ERA NET PLUS (Food security, Agriculture, Climate Change ERA-NET plus)

Project Context and Objectives:
The main goal of the FACCE ERA-NET Plus Action is to organise and fund a joint call for transnational research projects on the topic of climate change adaptation, which is a core research theme of the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE–JPI) and thus to contribute to the delivery of the FACCE–JPI Strategic Research Agenda (SRA). It will thereby also contribute to the overall EU objective of building the European Research Area (ERA) through enhanced cooperation and coordination of national research programmes. This FACCE ERA-NET+ Action, in providing the means for a joint call, is one of the actions of the JPI aimed at aligning research programming among its members over the long term so as to increase the efficiency of research funding, cover gaps, avoid duplications and provide high-level innovative research in Europe. It contributes to the goal of FACCE–JPI to organise multiple simultaneous joint actions toward the achievement of its goals. The participating countries of FACCE – JPI agreed that climate change adaptation is a research priority and the majority have committed funding to this ERA-NET Plus action.

Specifically, this ERA-NET Plus action aimed to:
• Enhance operational coordination of RTD public funding in Europe by implementing a transnational joint call, thus improving coordination and reducing overlapping between national and EU funding;
• Contribute to the ERA by aligning research in 23 national research programmes;
• Contribute to achieving critical mass and ensuring better use of limited resources in the area of adaptation to climate change;
• Contribute to delivery of the FACCE – JPI SRA by setting up a joint call on one of 5 core themes (adaptation to climate change) through new knowledge generation and innovation;
• Provide a leverage effect on national financial contributions through the participation of the EC (adding 33% to the call budget);
• Contribute to addressing the societal challenge of sustainable agriculture and food security in the face of climate change through more resilient production systems;
• Contribute to research for devising resilient and eco-efficient crop and livestock systems while ensuring conservation of soil, water and genetic resources and taking into account socio-economic aspects of adaptation;
• Through innovative research, contribute to technological advances for climate smart agriculture – eco-technologies to adapt water management by improved water harvesting, increased water use efficiency and efficient fertilisation practices, to monitor and reduce greenhouse gas, to increase and verify soil and biomass carbon stocks;
• Contribute to the experience of the JPI In setting up fast, easy and simple ways to set up transnational projects to improve future calls by sharing good practices in implementing research programmes.

Project Results:
Since the beginning of FACCE ERA-NET+, WP1 took care of the practical implementation of the co-funded call, by preparing and publishing call documents, putting in place the submission tool and supporting potential applicants all along the process. The high amount of eligible pre-proposals submitted as well as the high rate of full proposals shows the efficiency of all partners, including Steering Committee members and National Contact Persons in the implementation of the call. Also, the work under this WP was performed earlier and faster than originally planned, which was challenging for everybody but actually did work.

In WP2: Following the submission of 121 pre-proposals with the deadline of Monday 2nd December 2013, an eligibility check was carried out by the Steering Committee. 118 preproposals, deemed eligible, were also evaluated to assess their relevance to the scientific scope of this call, whether they match the objectives of FACCE-JPI and have a European Added Value. As a result, 40 coordinators were invited to submit a full proposal. Of the 39 received, based on the outcomes of the peer review evaluation 11 were selected for funding by the Steering Committee on July 1, 2014 following a positive evaluation by an international evaluation committee. The indicative total available budget for the call amounted to 18,76 M€ from 22 national funding organisations from 18 countries, and the European Commission.

Following selection of 11 projects, 15 countries contributed 12 756 920€ to finance these 11 projects.
WP3: Since the beginning of FACCE ERA-Net Plus, WP3 has been exploring different monitoring and evaluation experiences appropriate for the monitoring and evaluation of the funded projects of FACCE ERA-Net Plus, including the on-going work of monitoring and evaluation of MACSUR. Based on these experiences the monitoring and evaluation framework was developed and the FACCE ERA-Net Plus monitoring and evaluation database was developed.
In WP4: communication on the call was ensured. A dissemination plan was prepared. In line with this, and in cooperation with WP1 a pre-announcement of the call was prepared, posted on the FACCE website and distributed to all the partners. A dedicated page of the FACCE website was prepared for the ERA-NET+ and now that projects have been selected, the publishable data for each project has been posted with a page for each of the projects.
In WP5: strategic steering has allowed the whole process to stay on schedule, without any major difficulties, and for 11 projects to be selected for funding.
Templates for internal reporting were established and two internal reportings were done. In addition, deliverables D5.1 “Project Management plan” and D5.2 Risk Management plan” were drafted. As regards payments to beneficiaries, distribution of the pre-financing was done. There were several meetings at key stages of the first phase of the project in order to take decisions on the selection and funding of the projects.

Potential Impact:
The main goal of the FACCE ERA-NET Plus Action is to organise and fund a joint call for transnational research projects on the topic of climate change adaptation, which is a core research theme of the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE–JPI) and thus to contribute to the delivery of the FACCE–JPI Strategic Research Agenda (SRA). It will thereby also contribute to the overall EU objective of building the European Research Area (ERA) through enhanced cooperation and coordination of national research programmes. This FACCE ERA-NET+ Action, in providing the means for a joint call, will be one of the actions of the JPI aimed at aligning research programming among its members over the long term so as to increase the efficiency of research funding, cover gaps, avoid duplications and provide high-level innovative research in Europe. It will contribute to the goal of FACCE–JPI to organise multiple simultaneous joint actions toward the achievement of its goals. To reach this overall objective, the project aimed to:

• Deliver a joint call of between 12-19 million euros with 22 participating funding organisations from 18 different Member States (including 3 Associated states Israel, Norway and Switzerland);
• Align research from 23 national research programmes around a common call with common objectives and expected impacts covering all EU climate zones;
• Fund between 8 and 12 trans-national projects in the field of climate smart agriculture/adaptation to climate change;
• Via the transnational funded projects provide EU farmers and breeders with tools to improve their current practices notably in terms of implementing the CAP, enabling more sustainable production whilst maintain market share and improving consumer satisfaction;
• Deliver a key core research priority of the FACCE-JPI Strategic research agenda.

List of Websites:
https://www.faccejpi.com/Research-Themes-andAchievements/Climate-Change-Adaptation/ERA-NET-Plus-on-Climate-Smart-Agriculture

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INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
France
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