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Funding for Participation in the ERA-NET Cofund on Sustainable Animal Production Systems - SusAn

A joint call for proposals under the ERA-NET SusAn is now open and the Guideline for Irish Applicants (doc 143Kb) details the funding opportunities for Irish, RPO-based, DAFM approved, researchers to participate.

The European Research Area Network (ERA-NET) Cofund Sustainable Animal Production Systems – SusAn - aims to fund research on innovative solutions for animal production systems to provide Europe’s citizens with sufficient, healthy and safe food; to safeguard natural resources, particularly land and water; to reduce fossil energy dependency and environmental impacts; and to take related societal concerns into consideration, whilst at the same time increasing food security. SusAn aims to address several societal challenges and associated themes under Horizon 2020, for example sustainable agriculture, environment, resource efficiency and Europe in a changing world.

The funding partners in Ireland are DAFM and Teagasc who have pledged to commit €736,000 and €264,000 respectively (a combined contribution of up to €1 million) in funding for successful Irish participants. The SusAn consortium consists of 37 partners from 23 European Member States who have committed €17 million for research – this amount will be topped up with €4 million by the European Commission as it is an EU co-funded call.

Further details including application forms and the Call Specification are available to access at the ERA-Net SusAn website. A partnering tool is also available on the ERA-SusAn website, and is a useful resource to help assist in finding cooperation possibilities for the Call.

The closing date for applications to SusAn is 29 March 2016 - 12.00 CET.

For further queries the details of the Irish National Contact Point for SusAn are:

Noel Collins, Research and Codex Division, DAFM. Email: noeld.collins@agriculture.gov.ie Tel: +353 (0)1 6072924