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Second call for proposals for projects in the field of genetic resources in agriculture

The European Commission, DG VI, has published a second call for proposals for the Community programme on the conservation, characterization, collection and utilization of genetic resources in agriculture.

The Commission is inviting proposals on genetic resources in agriculture in accordance with point I of the work programme. The themes chosen will be addressed, in general, in shared-cost projects and concerted actions. The Community contribution to shared-cost projects will not normally exceed 50% of the total cost, the balance being provided by the partners. In the case of concerted actions, the Community may contribute up to 100% of the costs relating to coordination.

The aim of the programme is to coordinate and promote the work carried out in the Community on characterizing, collecting and using genetic resources in agriculture, while at the same time contributing to the achievement of the aims of the common agricultural policy and, with due regard to the principle of subsidiarity, to aid or supplement the efforts made by the Member States where these efforts prove less than successful.

All types of genetic resources, whether agricultural, horticultural or forestry, are eligible. Each proposal must have a specific focus, concentrating on a single group of plants or animals (genus, species or race, as appropriate). Priority will be given to those species that are already, or are reasonably expected to become, economically significant in Community agriculture, horticulture or forestry. Preference will be given to projects with a strong Community dimension, which address the risk of erosion, and which utilize the genetic resources for:

- Diversifying agricultural production;
- Improving product quality;
- Improving environmental protection.

An information pack containing the full text of the call, application forms, the work programme and a copy of the standard contract to be concluded, is available on request from the Commission.

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