ERA CAPS (Coordinating Action in Plant Sciences)


Logo: ERA CAPS (European Research Area Network for Coordinating Action in Plant Sciences)

ERA-CAPS is the European Research Area Network for Coordinating Action in Plant Sciences. Building on the ERA-CAPS ERA-NET that was supported by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme until mid 2015, ERA-CAPS became a self-sustained network in July 2015.

More information on ERA-CAPS:


ERA-CAPS builds on a successful previous network, ERA-PG (2004-2009) which launched two joint calls.

EC-funded phase (2012 – June 2015)

  • Call 2012/2013
    Expanding the European Research Area in Molecular Plant Sciences
  • Call 2014
    Expanding the European Research Area in Molecular Plant Sciences II

More information on ERA-CAPS 1st and 2nd Call:

Self-sustained network (from July 2015)

  • Call 2016/2017
    Europe-USA Call: Strengthening Transnational Research in the Molecular Plant Sciences

More information on ERA-CAPS 3rd Call:

ERA-CAPS Data Sharing Policy (including guidelines for Data Management Plan)

In March 2014, updated in 2016, ERA-CAPS published guidelines on the ERA-CAPS Data Sharing Policy. ERA-CAPS’ view on research data is informed by the overarching principles declared by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in its 2007 publication “Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data from Public Funding”:

  • Publicly-funded research data are a public good, produced in the public interest;
  • Publicly-funded research data should be openly available to the maximum extent possible.

The aim is to make the research data of the ERA-CAPS projects available according to the FAIR principle (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable).

Read more about ERA-CAPS Data Sharing Policy:

ERA-CAPS Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

In 2013, ERA-CAPS published guidelines on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

Read more about Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Conditions here:

More ERA-CAPS publications are available on:

ERA-CAPS Showcase Report

For information about the main achievements of ERA-CAPS and the three joint ERA-CAPS Calls, see the ERA-CAPS Showcase Report (2021)


  • Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF), Austria
  • Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique F.R.S (FNRS), Belgium
  • Innovation Fund Denmark (IFD), Denmark
  • Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), France
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Germany
  • National Science Centre (NCN), Poland
  • Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal
  • Ministarstvo prosvete, nauke i tehnološkog razvoja (MPNTR), Serbia
  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Switzerland
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC; now UKRI-BBSRC), UK
  • National Science Foundation (NSF), USA


  • Estonian Research Council (ETAG), Estonia
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MOARD), Israel
  • Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca (MIUR), Italy
  • Latvijas Zinātņu Akadēmija (LZA), Latvia
  • Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO), Netherlands
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), New Zealand
  • Norges Forskningsrad (RCN), Norway
  • European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO)

Coordinator: Dr. Paul Wiley, UKRI-BBSRC (2012-2019)

Further Information


Dr. Catherine Kistner
Telefon: +49 (228) 885-2803
Gaby Rerig
Telefon: +49 (228) 885-2406