Horizon 2020 - societal challenge 2, Work programme 2016-2017


The European Commission published the work programme 2016-2017 of societal challenge 2 in Horizon 2020

The overall objective of the work programme 'Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy' is to help set Europe on a solid basis to sustain food security, the natural resource base and sustainable growth path, adapting and innovating to find resilient and efficient alternatives to our fossil-based economy.

The work programme foresees 4 calls for proposals:

1. Call - Sustainable Food Security – Resilient and resource-efficient value chains

More resilient and resource efficient value chains

  • SFS-01-2016: Solutions to multiple and combined stresses in crop production
  • SFS-02-2016: Teaming up for good: Exploiting the benefits of species diversity in cropping systems
  • SFS-03-2016: Testing and breeding for sustainability and resilience in crops
  • SFS-04-2017: New partnerships and tools to enhance European capacities for in-situ conservation
  • SFS-05-2017: Robotics Advances for Precision Farming
  • SFS-06-2016: Weeding - strategies, tools and technologies for sustainable weed management SFS-07-2016-2017: Organic breeding – Increasing the competitiveness of the organic breeding and farming sectors
  • SFS-08-2017: Organic inputs – contentious inputs in organic farming.
  • SFS-09-2016: Spotlight on critical outbreak of pests: the case of Xylella fastidiosa
  • SFS-10-2017: Research and approaches for emerging diseases in plants and terrestrial livestock
  • SFS-11-2016: Challenges for disease management: Perennial crops in the tropics and subtropics
  • SFS-12-2016: Support for international research on animal health
  • SFS-13-2017: Validation of diagnostic tools for animal and plant health
  • SFS-14-2016: Understanding host-pathogen-environment interactions
  • SFS-15-2016-2017: Breeding livestock for resilience and efficiency
  • SFS-16-2017: Bee health and sustainable pollination
  • SFS-17-2017: Innovations in plant protection
  • SFS-18-2016: Framework Partnership Agreement supporting Joint Actions towards PublicPublic Partnerships in the Bioeconomy
  • SFS-19-2016: ERA-NET Cofund: Public-Public Partnerships in the bioeconomy
  • SFS-20-2017: Towards a science-based regionalisation of the Common Fisheries Policy. SFS-21-2016/2017: Advancing basic biological knowledge and improving management tools for commercially important fish and other seafood species
  • SFS-22-2017: Smart fisheries technologies for an efficient, compliant and environmentally friendly fishing sector
  • SFS-23-2016: Improving the technical performance of the Mediterranean aquaculture SFS-24-2016: Reinforcing international cooperation on sustainable aquaculture production with countries from South-East Asia
  • SFS-25-2016: Support Action to a common agricultural and wider bioeconomy research agenda

Environment-smart and climate-smart primary production

  • SFS-26-2016: Legumes - transition paths to sustainable legume-based farming systems and agri-feed and food chains
  • SFS-27-2017: Permanent grassland – farming systems and policies
  • SFS-28-2017: Functional biodiversity – productivity gains through functional biodiversity: effective interplay of crop pollinators and pest predators
  • SFS-29-2017: Socio-eco-economics – socio-economics in ecological approaches
  • SFS-30-2017: Closing loops at farm and regional levels to mitigate GHG emissions and environmental contamination - focus on carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling in agroecosystems
  • SFS-31-2016: Farming for tomorrow - developing an enabling environment for resilient and sustainable agricultural systems
  • SFS-32-2017: Promoting and supporting the eco-intensification of aquaculture production systems: inland (including fresh water), coastal zone, and offshore

A competitive food industry

  • SFS-33-2016: Understanding food value chain and network dynamics
  • SFS-34-2017: Innovative agri-food chains: unlocking the potential for competitiveness and sustainability
  • SFS-35-2017: Innovative solutions for sustainable food packaging
  • Healthy and safe foods and diets for all
  • SFS-36-2017: Co-fund on "One Health" (zoonoses – emerging threats)
  • SFS-37-2016: The impact of consumer practices in food safety: risks and mitigation strategies
  • SFS-38-2016: Impulsivity and compulsivity and the link with nutrition, lifestyle and the socio-economic environment
  • SFS-39-2017: How to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic?
  • SFS-40-2017: Sweeteners and sweetness enhancers
  • Support to the Implementation of the EU-Africa Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture
  • SFS-41-2016: EU-Africa Research and Innovation partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture
  • SFS-42-2016: Promoting food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture in Africa: the role of innovation
  • SFS-43-2017: Earth observation services for the monitoring of agricultural production in Africa Implementation of the EU-China FAB Flagship initiative
  • SFS-44-2016: A joint plant breeding programme to decrease the EU's and China's dependency on protein imports
  • SFS-45-2016: Increase overall transparency of processed agri-food products
  • SFS-46-2017: Alternative production system to address anti-microbial drug usage, animal welfare and the impact on health
  • SFS-47-2017: Management of soil water resources in the EU and China and its impact on agro-ecosystem functions
  • SFS-48-2017: Resource-efficient urban agriculture for multiple benefits – contribution to the EU-China Urbanisation Partnership

2. Call - Blue Growth - Demonstrating an ocean of opportunities

Boosting Innovation for emerging Blue Growth activities

  • BG-01-2016: Large-scale algae biomass integrated biorefineries
  • BG-02-2016/2017: High value-added specialised vessel concepts enabling more efficient servicing of emerging coastal and offshore activities
  • BG-03-2016: Multi-use of the oceans' marine space, offshore and near-shore: compatibility, regulations, environmental and legal issues
  • BG-04-2017: Multi-use of the oceans marine space, offshore and near-shore: Enabling technologies
  • BG-05-2016: ERA-NET Cofund on marine technologies

Linking healthy oceans and seas for healthy people

  • BG-06-2017: Interaction between people, oceans and seas: a strategic approach towards healthcare and well-being
  • BG-07-2017: Blue green innovation for clean coasts and seas
  • BG-08-2017: Innovative sustainable solutions for improving the safety and dietary properties of seafood

The Arctic Dimension

  • BG-09-2016: An integrated Arctic observation system
  • BG-10-2016: Impact of Arctic changes on the weather and climate of the Northern Hemisphere
  • BG-11-2017: The effect of climate change on Arctic permafrost and its socio-economic impact, with a focus on coastal areas

Valorising the Mediterranean Sea Basin

  • BG-12-2016: Towards an integrated Mediterranean Sea Observing System
  • BG-13-2016: Support to the BLUEMED Initiative: Coordination of marine and maritime research and innovation activities in the Mediterranean

3.Call - Rural Renaissance - Fostering innovation and business opportunities

New approaches towards policies and governance

  • RUR-01-2016: Consolidated policy framework and governance models for synergies in rural-urban linkages
  • RUR-02-2017: Coastal-rural interactions: Enhancing synergies between land and sea-based activities
  • RUR-03-2017: Towards 2030 - policies and decision tools for an integrated management of natural resources
  • RUR-04-2016: Water farms – improving farming and its impact on the supply of drinking water
  • RUR-05-2017: Novel public policies, business models and mechanisms for the sustainable supply of and payment for forest ecosystem services

New value chains and business models

  • RUR-06-2016: Crop diversification systems for the delivery of food, feed, industrial products and ecosystems services - from farm benefits to value-chain organisation
  • RUR-07-2016: Resource-efficient and profitable industrial crops on marginal land
  • RUR-08-2016: Demonstration of integrated logistics centres for food and non-food applications
  • RUR-09-2017: Business models for modern rural economies

Innovation and skill development

  • RUR-10-2016-2017: Thematic Networks compiling knowledge ready for practice
  • RUR-11-2016: On-farm demonstrations: deepening farmer-to-farmer learning mechanisms RUR-12-2017: Networking European farms to boost thematic knowledge exchanges and close the innovation gap
  • RUR-13-2017: Building a future science and education system fit to deliver to practice
  • RUR-14-2016: Advisors' roles in the functioning of AKIS and advisory policies boosting innovation in sustainable agriculture
  • RUR-15-2017: The benefits of working with others – fostering social capital in the farming sector RUR-16-2017: Optimising interactive innovation project approaches and the delivery of EU policies to speed up innovation in rural areas

4.Call - Bio-based innovation for sustainable goods and services - Supporting the development of a European Bioeconomy

Securing sustainable biomass supply for bio-based goods and services

  • BB-01-2016: Sustainability schemes for the bio-based economy
  • BB-02-2017: Towards a method for the collection of statistical data on bio-based industries and bio-based products
  • BB-03-2017: Adaptive tree breeding strategies and tools for forest production systems resilient to climate change and natural disturbances
  • BB-04-2016: Intelligent solutions and tools in forest production systems, fostering a sustainable supply of quality wood for the growing bioeconomy

Cross-reference to the Rural Renaissance Call - Building the "bio-based markets of the future"- mobilising stakeholders engagement

  • BB-05-2017: Bio-based products: Mobilisation and mutual learning action plan
  • BB-06-2016: The regional dimension of bio-based industries

There are also other actions, such as:

  • SME Instrument,
  • Fast track to innovation,
  • Horizon Prize on Food Security.

The budget of the work programme is 774 million of euros (365 million of euros for 2016 and 410 million of euros for 2017).

Work programme 2016-2017

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