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Information for Researchers No. 37 | 23 June 2016
ERA-CAPS: Third Joint Call Launched

The European Research Area Network for Coordinating Action in Plant Sciences (ERA-CAPS) has launched its third joint call for proposals. The call, entitled “Europe-USA Call Strengthening Transnational Research in Molecular Plant Sciences”, will fund high quality collaborative transnational research in fundamental molecular plant science to meet the European and global demand for innovation in the area.

The call welcomes applications from collaborative research consortia in any area of molecular plant science. Like with the previous calls, four themes have been highlighted as areas of particular interest: Food and Nutrition Security, Non-Food Crops, Adaptation to a Changing Climate, and Biotic/Abiotic Stresses. Applications outside of these themes are also welcomed, where the research answers fundamental biological questions in molecular plant science. In addition, proposals can be submitted to a sub-call entitled “Addressing Data Challenges in Plant Sciences”.

Nine countries are contributing funds to the joint call: Austria (FWF), Belgium (F.R.S.-FNRS), France (ANR), Germany (DFG), Poland (NCN), Serbia (MPNTR), Switzerland (SNSF), the United Kingdom (BBSRC), and the Unites States of America (NSF).

The call has a two-stage application process, i.e. pre-proposals and full proposals, and consortia must comprise research groups from a minimum of three different countries (at least two from the above list; however, partners from other countries must be able to fund themselves). The closing date for pre-proposals is 28 September 2016, 12.00 CET.

Further Information

Full details of the application process are available on the ERA-CAPS website, along with contact details for National Call Coordinators:

For further information on ERA-CAPS please contact:

For further information on the call please contact at the DFG: