1st EJP SOIL internal Call for proposals

EJP SOIL opens for the first call for joint research projects. The allocated budget amounts to 15M€. This call opens 30.06.2020 with a closing date for proposals on 18.09.2020.

The European Joint Programme “EJP SOIL - Towards climate-smart sustainable management of agricultural soils” comprises 24 countries committed to the overall goal of providing sustainable agricultural soil management solutions that contribute to key societal challenges including climate change and future food supply.

Rationale & Aim of the call

The overall objective of this internal call is to fund research projects open to EJP SOIL partners and linked third parties according to the consortium agreement to fill research and development gaps identified by the EJP SOIL`s “Roadmap for EU Agricultural Soil Management research”.

As one of its first activities, EJP SOIL involves European and national stakeholders in identifying and mapping the current state of knowledge, policies and soil management practices across Europe. This stocktaking will establish the baseline of available knowledge that will help identify knowledge gaps and differences in existing regional and national activities.  Call document with further information, click here: Research calls & projects.

Scope & expected impacts and outputs of EJP SOIL

EJP SOIL will contribute to long-term alignment of research strategies by developing a shared vision, and by establishing platforms for networks of soil scientist and other soil stakeholders in Europe. The shared vision will be developed among consortium partners and will address desirable soil futures and ways to attain them.

Internal calls will foster alignment between the EJP SOIL partners and important players of European research in the areas of agriculture, ecology, soils and climate. To facilitate relevant knowledge development the EJP SOIL will perform synthesis and stock taking activities, research and integrative projects.

Budget & Funding modalities

The EJP SOIL is a 5-year project that runs from February 2020 to January 2025. The EJP SOIL falls into the concept of a co-fund action. For the 1st call of EJP SOIL a project budget of maximum 15 M€ has been allocated with a reimbursement rate of 44% by the EU grant and 56% by EJP SOIL program owners and managers. Only EJP SOIL partners and third linked parties are eligible to apply for the internal calls for proposals. EJP SOIL participants who are involved in call preparation cannot participate in the proposals preparation and subsequent research project implementation.

On the 15th July 2020 a webinar for interested applicants will be organised, which will give an overview about all relevant aspects of the Call (i.e., topics, conditions, requirements, proposal submission, evaluation, etc.) and provide time to answer open questions. More detailed information will be released directly on the submission tool website in due time.    

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