ERA-CAPS 1st Joint Call: Expanding the European Research Area in Molecular Plant Sciences

Basic Information

Project proposals should indicate (i) the synergistic values of collaborative research between project partners and reduction of duplication. (ii) Each collaborative project should comprise scientists with different and complementary areas of expertise to create an inclusive body of research. (iii) Access to varied resources which will add value to the research effort should be identified.

Aim of the joint call This first ERA-CAPS call will fund high quality collaborative transnational research in fundamental molecular plant science. 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 demand for molecular plant science innovation with a long-term perspective. Four themes have been highlighted as areas of particular interest: Food Security, Non-Food Crops, Adaptation to a Changing Climate, and Biotic/Abiotic Stress. Applications outside of these themes are also welcomed.
Type of joint call One Stage - Call with no pre-proposals submission
Launch date 19/11/2012
Deadline Full-Proposal 15/02/2013 Submitted proposal: 110
Evaluation End Date 05/09/2013 Successful proposal: n/a Proposals funded: 14
Is call co-funded? No
Call follow up funding n/a
Call reasons
  • Achieving critical mass
  • Sharing competences and associated work
  • Addressing global issues
  • Access to expertise from different countries
  • Addressing specific scientific and technological issues
Research fields
  • Biotechnology
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Food, agriculture and fisheries
  • Industrial production
Type of research
  • Basic research
  • Applied Research
  • Pre-competitive research
Target groups
  • Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
  • Public Research Organisations (PROs)
  • Other: Some partners welcome industrial collaboration in consortia
Participating networks n/a

Organisations Participating

Country Organisation
Austria Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
Belgium National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS)
Denmark The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (DASTI DCTI)
France National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)
Germany German Research Foundation (DFG)
Ireland Agriculture and Food Development Authority (Teagasc)
Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MOAG)
Latvia Latvian National Academy of Sciences (LAS/LZA)
Netherlands Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
New Zealand Ministry of Science and Innovation (MSI)
Norway Research Council of Norway (RCN)
Poland National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR)
Portugal Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT)
Serbia Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (MNK)
United Kingdom Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
United States National Science Foundation (NSF)

Funded Projects

Acronym Title Start End No. partners
ABCEED Identifying and exploiting genetic variation controlling see... 3
BARLEY-NAM Locating exotic genes that control agronomic traits under st... 6
BENZEX Biosynthesis, transport and exudation of 1,4-benzoxazin-3-on... 5
DURESTrit Functional characterisation and validation of nonhost compon... 8
DeCOP Delineating the crossover control networks in plants 6
EURO-PEC European Plant Embryology Consortium 4
Evo-Genapus Evolution of genomes: Structure-function relationships in th... 4
FLOWPLAST Plasticity of flowering time in response to environmental si... 5
H.I.P. Homeostasis of Isoprenoids in Plants: understanding compartm... 4
HotSol Future-proofing potato: Mechanisms and markers for global-wa... 5
N-vironment The role of the N-end rule pathway in controlling plant resp... 4
PER ASPERA Plant Endoplasmic Reticulum Architecture and Seed Productivi... 4
RootBarriers Plant root diffusional barriers: genesis and implications fo... 6
SeedAdapt Dimorphic fruits, seeds and seedlings as adaptation mechanis... 6