Based on the two previous calls, the FACCE SURPLUS partners decided to further advance their successful funding scheme with a third call of the initiative in order to complete the portfolio of projects and filling remaining research and funding gaps. Having in mind the research already conducted in FACCE SURPLUS projects, this call at the end of the initiative aims at further improving collaboration in the area of food and nonfood biomass production and transformation systems.
It aims at supporting innovation, value creation and sustainable intensification of biomass production, taking into account the required economic, environmental and social conditions and resilience to climate change. In the call, options will be explored how to utilise all the biomass from agricultural land, uncultivated land and forestry with a holistic view with regards to food and non-food systems. In line with the previous calls it is expected that the projects will build upon the research already conducted in FACCE SURPLUS and under the broader umbrella of FACCE-JPI.
Successful projects will address:
• Developing markets for a wide range of products and services generated through integrated food and non-food systems e.g. via new bio-technologies and industrial processes, needs and opportunities of SMEs and intermediate sized businesses.
• Resilient agricultural systems allowing growth and intensification of agriculture under the increasing stress of climate change, new pests and disease outbreaks and other environmental pressures and preserving biodiversity and ecosystem services.
• Environmental sustainability indicators to assess other trade-offs between environmental and production deliverables for any particular agricultural system.
• Spatial targeting of land use to increase biomass production and transformation, stimulating the growth of systems for the efficient utilisation of biomass cascading through novel transformations.
• Sustainable intensification of integrated food and non-food systems of agriculture, by developing integrated, systems-based approaches to land management. Additional requirements to the projects:
• Each research project proposal must include a plan for valorization of results and link with FACCE SURPLUS projects from the first and from the second call. Interconnections with other relevant initiatives in the thematic field are desirable.
• Research projects should exploit the potential to produce relevant support for policy makers, e.g. policy briefs.
• Cross-disciplinary projects encompassing biomass production and conversion thus promoting a comprehensive value chain concept will be given priority. Inclusion of private partners (e.g. SMEs), appropriate stakeholders and/or endusers (e.g. farmers) in the consortia is envisaged.
• The integration of social sciences and humanities is encouraged to elaborate a broader economic, environmental and societal context.
Illustration Photo: Riparian Forest Buffer (credits: USDA / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))