AGROECOLOGY is the new “European partnership on accelerating farming systems transition – agroecology living labs and research infrastructures”. It should officially start in January 2024, subject to the successful negotiation with the European Commission, and it has pre-announced its first upcoming joint call for research on the preliminary working topic “Fostering agroecology at farm and landscape levels”.
The objective of this call is to fund transdisciplinary research and innovation projects addressing the agroecology transition of both conventional and organic farming systems. Projects are expected to study and implement agroecology at two geographic scales:
- Theme 1 – At the farm level and its immediate surroundings
- Theme 2 – At the landscape or territorial level
Proposals should demonstrate a multidisciplinary and integrated approach with a multi-actor perspective. They should consider the problems and challenges from a European perspective and beyond. Projects may be based on existing living labs or bring together different actors following the living lab approach.
Research Infrastructures could be incorporated to complement the living lab approach. R&I questions should address actual needs of stakeholders, in co-creation processes together with end-users and integrate their practical knowledge.
Researchers from universities and other higher education institutions, research institutions, actors from the public sector, non-profit organisations, and private companies can apply, subject to the national/regional regulations and eligibility criteria detailed in the call announcement.
Applying consortia must include at least three eligible partners requesting funding from at least three different countries contributing funds to the call. Funding for the participating organisations will be provided by their respective national or regional funding organisation according to their legal terms and conditions and those of the European Commission subject to the successful negotiation of the AGROECOLOGY partnership.
- Call announcement: February 2024
- Deadline pre-proposals: April 2024
- Deadline full proposals: September 2024
A provisional European landscape of participating countries is given below. The funding organisations’ names and national and regional regulations will be published with the call announcement.
Please do also check the Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda (SRIA) of the Partnership.
Details presented in this pre-announcement may be subject to change before the launch of the call. The Call Announcement will be published in early 2024 on the European Commission funding portal