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Research tools: What Europe should provide. XIX Euragri Members Conference York, 23 September 2005. Christian Patermann Directorate Biotechnology, Agriculture, Food Research DG Research European Commission. EURAGRI EC – EURAGRI joint conferences.

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Research tools: What Europe should provide

XIX Euragri Members Conference

York, 23 September 2005

Christian Patermann

Directorate Biotechnology, Agriculture, Food Research

DG Research European Commission



EC – EURAGRI joint conferences

  • 2005, Brussels: Science and Society: How to adapt and use the knowledge base for an optimal functioning of the food-health-agriculture system in the EU
  • 2003, Athens: New vision on European Food and Agricultural Research
  • 2002, Brussels: Science and Society: How can research on food and agriculture in Europe better respond to citizen`s expectations and demands?
  • 2000, Versailles: Agricultural Research in the European Research Area

Implementing the results of these conferences: Tools on European level

  • Better cooperation within the agricultural knowledge base in Europe:
    • Permanent tools
      • The launch of the “new” SCAR
      • EURAGRI
    • From FP6 to FP7
      • ERA-Nets
      • Technology Platforms
      • Project funding “Food Quality and Safety”, “Scientific Support to Policies”

Tools for the future: FP7

    • Networks of Excellence and collaborative research
    • ERA-Net plus
    • Joint Technology initiative
    • Funding of infrastructures
    • European Research Council

The launch of the “new” SCAR

  • Main role for SCAR:
  • Support the Commission and MS towards better coordination of agricultural research across the ERA
  • This will involve:
  • Strategic discussions on the agricultural research agenda in Europe in the long term (FP7 and beyond)
  • Enhanced cooperation between MS (joint research programmes, common infrastructures)
  • Research agenda in scientific support to the CAP
  • Exchange of information withcomplementary mechanisms under EU Framework Programmes

Main conclusions from the SCAR meeting of 2-3 February 2005

  • Priority topics for a Common Research Agenda
  • Mapping infrastructures / institutions / activities
  • Development of a prototype for a SCAR web portal
  • Establishment of a permanent SCAR Working Group

Main conclusions from the SCAR meeting

of 9-10 June 2005

Towards a Common Research Agenda

  • Agreement on priority topics
  • Strategic discussions on the agricultural research agenda in Europe based on existing and possible future coordination fora (e.g. ERA-Nets, Technology Platforms,Networks of Excellence)
  • Identified areas for possible cooperation between Member States
  • Establishment of collaborative working groups
  • Commitment for coordinating CWGs on 13 themes
  • SCAR input to FP7
  • Discussion paper on FP7

Mapping of EU agriculture research capacity

  • Mapping infrastructures: adraft paper
  • Identification of key-agriculture infrastructures of EU relevance
  • Sharing existing infrastructures among MS research teams
  • Targeted proposals for future activities of SCAR
  • Links with ESFRI
  • Mapping activities: a project
  • Building on EU-funded projects from recent calls (e.g. SSP4 “Mapping and foresight of the EU agricultural research capacity”)
  • Mapping institutions: a website
  • Development of a prototype for a SCAR web portal building on existing EU websites and linking with relevant MS/institution
standing committee for agricultural research scar main challenges
Standing Committee for Agricultural Research (SCAR): main challenges

Towards a Common Research Agenda:

  • Examples of priority topics for collaborative working groups:
    • ICT and robotics in agriculture: DK
    • Renewable raw materials for non-food industry: DE
    • Animal health: UK
    • Agricultural and sustainable development: FR
    • Sustainable livestock production from grasslands: IE
    • Mediterranean agriculture: IT
    • Functional animal foods: BE
    • Ecological networks and corridors: NL, FR
    • Enzyme biotechnology in Food and agro-industrial processing: DK
    • Human nutrition: FR, NL
    • Drought and disease resistant crops: HU
    • Advanced technologies for climatic control of greenhouses and livestock housing: IL
    • Development of sustainable agriculture in the Baltic Sea region: PL

European infrastructures:

  • Proposals for critical large scale infrastructures:
    • Genetic and biological resource centres
    • Agriculture, forestry and environment observatories
    • Human nutrition research centres
    • Advanced experimental facilities for infectious diseases

Next steps

  • Fourth meeting of the SCAR-WG: 29 September 2005
  • Third meeting of the “new” SCAR: 1-2 December 2005
  • Report to the European Parliament and to the Council: in 2006 ?
      • Article 11 Council Regulation N° 1728/74
research tools what europe should provide era net
Research Tools - What Europe should provide: ERA-net

Some ERA-nets in Agricultural Research

  • European Research Area on plant genomics (CA);
  • Towards sustainable integration of animal welfare in food production (SSA);
  • Processing for food safety (SSA);
  • Food Safety – Forming a European platform for protecting consumers against health risks (CA)
  • Pan-European pro-active identification of emerging risks in the field of food production (SSA);
  • Networking and integration of national programmes in the area of wood material science and engineering (SSA);
  • Towards a European-wide exchange network for improving dissemination of integrated water resources management research (SSA)
  • Coordination of European Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming (CA)
  • Agricultural Research for Development (CA)
  • Bioenergy (CA)
research tools what europe should provide technology platforms overall concept

Research Tools - What Europe should provide -Technology Platforms - Overall Concept

Stakeholders, led by industry, getting together to define a Strategic Research Agenda on a number of strategically important issues with high societal relevance where achieving Europe’s future growth, competitiveness and sustainability objectives is dependent upon major research and technological advances in the medium to long term.


technology platforms central concept
Technology Platforms: Central Concept

Framework to unite stakeholders around:

  • A common “VISION” for the technology concerned.
  • Mobilisation of a CRITICAL MASS of research and innovation effort.
technology platform plant genomics and biotechnology
Technology Platform: Plant Genomics and Biotechnology
  • Stakeholders: EuropaBio; EPSO (plant science); Copa-Cogeca (farmers); BEUC (consumers) & other NGOs; food, feed and seed industries; research organisations
  • Vision paper “Plants for the future” (June 2004)
  • Strategic research agenda: 1st draft to be presented in June 2005; Member States consultation events mid 2005-early 2006
  • Website:
  • Commission

Status: May 2005

technology platform animal breeding
Technology Platform: Animal breeding
  • Stakeholders: EFFAB (animal breeders); Copa-Cogeca (farmers); Eurogroup (welfare), EAAP (science) & other NGOs; research organisations
  • Vision paper “in preparation” (Dec 2005)
  • Strategic research agenda: 1st draft to be presented in 2006
  • Website: (lead industry)
  • Commission

Status: May 2005

technology platform global animal health
Technology Platform: Global Animal Health
  • Stakeholders: IFAH (animal health industry); Copa-Cogeca (farmers); EuropaBio; FVE (Veterinarians); research organisations; universities; OIE; FAO; WHO; ILRI; consumers; EFSA, CVOs; EMEA; HMA; IABs
  • Vision paper “ETP Global Animal Health” (interim version December 2004, final May 2005)
  • Strategic research agenda: in preparation
  • Website:
  • Commission

Status: May 2005

technology platform food for life
Technology Platform: Food for Life
  • Stakeholders: Confederation of the EU Food and Drink Industries (CIAA), Food and Drink SME’s, - Retailers, Consumers, Copa-Cogeca- Research organizations
  • Vision paper “Food for Life” (June 2005) - currently under consultation – see website
  • Strategic research agenda:1st draft expected for the end of 2005 or early 2006
  • Website/contacts:http://www.ciaa.beJan Maat - & Daniele Rossi
  • Commission

Status: May 2005

technology platform industrial biotechnology part of ctp
Technology Platform: Industrial Biotechnology (part of CTP)
  • Stakeholders: EuropaBio;ESAB (applied biocatalysis section of EFB); Chemical, pharmaceutical, food and drinks and feed, pulp and paper, textile, detergents, starch, energy and agriculture industrial sectors
  • Vision paper “Industrial or White Biotechnology: a driver of sustainable growth in Europe” (April 2005)
  • Strategic research agenda: in preparation
  • Commission

Status: May 2005

forestry based sector technology platform
Forestry-based Sector Technology Platform
  • Stakeholders: CEPI (paper industry); CEPF (forest owners); CEI-BOIS (wood product industry) & other forest related groups and research organisations
  • Vision paper “Innovative and sustainable use of forest resources” (February 2005)
  • Strategic research agenda: input process started in April 2005; final version: December 2005
  • Website:
  • Commission

Status: May 2005

research tools research projects fp 6 food quality and safety fourth call

Nutrient status

Coeliac disease

Dental disease


Pork quality

Beef safety

Unintended microorganisms

Emerging traceability technologies

Quality & safety control strategies

Milk and dairy

Food intake

Health and well-being of Consumer





Safe, high-quality foods



Crop pest control

Waste management

E. coli research

Soil microbes for fertilizer reduction

Poultry cage systems

Feed safety control

Plant composition analysis

Processing for nutrition & environment

TSE inactivation

Environmental factors

Asthma & allergy causes

Disinfection by-products

Pathogens in drinking water

Research Tools:Research projects FP 6 – Food Quality and Safety -Fourth Call
fp6 4th call deadlines
FP6 4th Call Deadlines
  • Research projects and networks: (IP, NoE, STREP, CA)
    • 5 October 2005
  • Specific Support Actions (SSA)
    • 7 September 2005 (Call 3C)
    • 8 February 2006
  • Workprogramme and Call information:
research tools research projects fp 6 scientific support to policies fifth call
Research Tools:Research projects FP 6 – Scientific Support to Policies -Fifth Call

Research in support of CAPDriving Force: CAP reform, WTO negotiations

Fifth call

Research in support of international negotiations

Supporting CAP market reform


Widening the scope of rural development

Sustainable agriculture, sustainable forestry

Indicative Call publication: mid November 2005, deadline mid February 2006

Further information:

what s new
What’s new ?

Main new elements compared to FP6:

  • Annual budget doubled
    • Total: EUR 5 billion ►10 billion per year
    • Basic research (~ EUR 1.5 billion per year)
  • Simplification of procedures
  • Management:
    • ERC (Basic Research)
    • Logistical and administrative tasks transferred to external structures
  • Joint Technology Initiatives, Research Infrastructures
fp7 specific programmes 2007 2013
FP7 Specific Programmes (2007-2013)

Cooperation – Collaborative research

Ideas – Frontier Research

People – Human Potential

Capacities – Research Capacity


JRC (non-nuclear)

JRC (nuclear)



Cooperation – Collaborative research

9 themes

  • Health
  • Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies
  • Energy
  • Environment (including Climate Change)
  • Transport (including Aeronautics)
  • Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities
  • Security and Space

Cooperation – Collaborative research

  • Under each theme there will be sufficient flexibility to address

both Emerging needsand Unforeseen policy needs

  • Dissemination of knowledge and transfer of results will be supported in all thematic areas
  • Support will be implemented across all themes through:

Collaborative research

(Collaborative projects; Networks of Excellence; Coordination/support actions)

Joint Technology Initiatives

Coordination of non-Community research programmes

(ERA-NET; ERA-NET+; Article 169)

International Cooperation

joint technology initiatives
Joint Technology Initiatives

Global Monitoring

for Environment

and Security


and Fuel Cells for a

Sustainable Energy


Aeronautics and

Air Transport

Towards new



Innovative Medicines

for the Citizens

of Europe

Embedded systems

Other possible themes to be identified later…


“Fork to Farm”Food, health and well-being







sciences &

biotechnology for

sustainable non-

food products +











Sustainable production and management of biological resources from land, forest, and aquatic environments

activity 1 sustainable biological resources from land forest and aquatic environments
Activity 1:Sustainable biological resources from land, forest, and aquatic environments
  • Enabling research (‘omics’, converging technologies, biodiversity) for micro-organism, plants and animals
  • Improved crops and production systems incl. organic farming
  • Sustainable, competitive and multifunctional agriculture, forestry and rural development
  • Animal welfare, breeding and production
  • Infectious diseases in animals, including zoonoses
  • Policy tools for agriculture and rural development
activity 2 fork to farm food health and well being
Activity 2“Fork to farm”- Food, health and well being
  • Consumer, societal, industrial and health aspects of food and feed
  • Nutrition, diet related diseasesand disorders
  • Innovative food and feed processing
  • Improved quality and safety of food, beverage and feed
  • Total food chain concept
  • Traceability
activity 3 life sciences and biotechnology for sustainable non food products and processes
Activity 3:Life sciences and biotechnology for sustainable non-food products and processes
  • Improved crops, feed-stocks, marine products and biomass for energy, environment, and high added value industrial products; novel farming systems
  • Bio-catalysis; new bio-refinery concepts
  • Forestry and forest based products and processes
  • Environmental remediation and cleaner processing

Ideas – Frontier Research

ERC – European Research Council


Scientific Council*

  • Approval of work programme, as defined by the Scientific Council
  • Instruction to implement work programme
  • Approval of annual implementation report
  • Information to programme committee
  • Preparation of work programme
  • Set up of peer review: pool of reviewers, nomination of review panels, evaluation guidelines
  • Oversight of the evaluation procedure
  • Annual scientific report

Externalised tasks**

  • Information and support to applicants
  • Reception / eligibility of proposals
  • Organisation and execution of evaluation
  • Selection decision
  • Scientific and financial follow-up of contracts
  • Annual implementation report

* Created by Commission decision

* * Under the responsibility of the Commission


People– Human Potential

Initial training of researchers

Marie Curie Networks

Life-long training and career development

Individual Fellowships

Co-financing of regional/national/international programmes

Industry-academia pathways and partnerships

Industry-Academia Scheme

International dimension

Outgoing International Fellowships; Incoming International Fellowships

International Cooperation Scheme; Reintegration grants

Specific actions

Excellence awards


Capacities – Research Capacity

6 parts

  • Research Infrastructures
  • Research for the benefit of SMEs
  • Regions of Knowledge
  • Research Potential
  • Science in Society
  • Activities of International Cooperation