Structuring Plant Genomic Research in Europe
- ERA-PG First Call for Proposals (2006)
29 Collaborative Research Projects funded
ERA-PG launched its first joint call for research ‘Structuring Plant Genomic Research in Europe’ on 1 February 2006. The call was addressed to plant genomic researchers in Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and United Kingdom. The call was divided into two sub calls. Sub Call A; “Broad Call for Publicly Funded Research in Plant Genomics”, and Sub Call B; “Trilateral Partnership and beyond; the Future for European Public-Private Partnerships in Plant Genomics”.
A budget of in total over 35 million Euros has been granted by the participating funding agencies using a 'Jointly Administrated Pot' model. In this model there is one central secretariat, evaluation and selection are done according to commonly agreed procedures and consortium agreements and IPR conditions are developped transnationaly while the funding follows national rules and each national funding organisation funds only the research consortium members from its own country.
More than a hundred multilateral research consortia applied to the ERA-PG call. The projects were selected and proposed to the funding institutions by a scientific advisory committee (the Programme Board) that made a first shift by assessing pre-proposals. In the second step the board selected experts from the international scientific community to evaluate the full proposals through a peer review process. Applicants were given the opportunity to provide a rebuttal to the (anonymous) peer review reports. The ranking list was produced during a meeting of the scientific advisory committee. After the evaluation, moderating panels have made the final recommendations for funding to the national agencies. The final decisions rested with the national funding institutions. To kick-off the programme, a grantholders workshop was held during PlantGEMs, at Tenerife on 2 October 2007. As a result of the success of the first call, the majority of the funding organisations have opted to commit to a further joint call, and they have also been joined by new partners. The second call is launched in January 2008. The ERA-PG partners explore further possibilities for continuing their collaboration beyond the current contract and the two calls launched thus far.
For more information about the first call see
18 May 2006 ''First call of ERA-PG generates more than hundred transnational
Newsitem 11 November 2006 'ERA-PG first call evaluation procedure completed'
Newsitem 29 May 2007 'ERA-PG funds 29 transnational research projects through first joint call'