The objective of this call is to stimulate true collaboration between research teams of different countries in order to achieve the highest quality projects, to increase synergies between national programmes and to strengthen international research in molecular plant sciences. The funding partners agree that this unifying approach is a fundamental prerequisite to maximise the utility of the limited resources available and to meet the European and global demand for molecular plant science innovation with a long-term perspective.

Research Themes
By agreement of the funding organisations involved, the third joint call launched by ERA-CAPS will follow the same broad scope as described in the previous joint calls.  It will cover all areas of molecular plant science, allowing maximum engagement of the plant scientists.

No specific topics have been defined; however, the themes below have been identified as being of common interest to several of the funding organisations and align, among others, with the overarching themes of the Joint Programming Initiative for Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI).  These are examples of areas of research where we would welcome high quality applications, but they do not exclude other areas of molecular plant science.

  • Food and Nutrition Security: research that contributes to the sustainable and secure supply of safe and nutritious food for an increasing global population.  This includes yield optimisation, quality traits and nutrient use efficiency, amongst other research areas.
  • Non-food crops: this theme includes research into crops (or appropriate models) where the end-use includes bioenergy or industrial biotechnology.
  • Adaptation to a changing climate: research that addresses how plants can adapt, or be adapted, to thrive in a changing environment.
  • Biotic/abiotic stresses: this theme includes research into plant responses to either biotic or abiotic stress, or how plants contend with a combination of biotic and abiotic stresses.

Applications in other areas of molecular plant science are welcomed where the research answers fundamental biological questions of relevance to the development of the European and Global Research Area in molecular plant science

Participating countries/organisations

Austria: Fonds Zur Förderung Der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF), Belgium: Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique F.R.S. (FNRS), Germany: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), United Kingdom: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Serbiea: Ministarstvo prosvete, nauke i tehnološkog razvoja (MPNTR), Poland: National Science Centre (NCN), Switzerland: Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), USA: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Role of the FWF

Partner in the MOU and contact point in Austria