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ERA-NET Cofund on Food Systems and Climate - FOSC

ERA-NET Cofund on Food Systems and Climate - FOSC

The ERA-NET Co-fund FOSC is now open and accepting proposals addressing the challenges of developing climate-resilient food systems

The new Horizon 2020 ERA‐NET‐Cofund on Food Systems and Climate (FOSC) will launch a trans‐continental call for research proposals in the field of food systems and climate. The call will support basic and applied research and is focused on the interactions between climate change 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 joint call – with an indicative budget of approximately €17 million including EC top‐up funding – brings together 24 funding organizations of 20 countries from 3 continents.

Project consortia must consist of research teams from a minimum of four countries from two continents (Europe, Africa or Latin America): at least 2 European countries (EU members and H2020 associated countries) and at least 2 from Latin American or African countries participating to the Call. The Call will follow a two‐stage procedure, further details of which, including submission deadlines are available via the FOSC website:

The aim of the Call is to support scientifically excellent, trans‐continental research, development and innovation projects that contribute to the food systems and climate change. The submitted proposals must be multidisciplinary and should address at least one of the following topics:

  • 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 valorize side streams and reduce food waste. 

Irish financial support for FOSC is being provided through the DAFM Research Stimulus Programme with a maximum of €500,000 per project available to eligible RPO’s. Where applications include two Irish RPOs, each must account for at least 10% of the overall combined grant requested from DAFM. This requirement will not apply to third and subsequent Irish partners on any project.

The Guidelines for Irish applicants (pdf 367Kb) contain further details of national funding rules and detailed guidance for submitting applications to the 2019 Call. These guidelines should be read in conjunction with the central Call Announcement, which also includes a National Annex setting out summary requirements for Irish applicants.

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

Dr Aidan Holohan, Research and Codex Division, DAFM.

Email: Tel: +353 (0)1 6072426