Sustainable Food Security – Call

Sustainable Food Security – Call

European crop production is facing more and more difficulties in remaining competitive in the global market for many reasons.

More sustainable crop management strategies are needed to maintain or increase soil fertility,oss of soil fertilityto Improve ground and surface water quality

Call for Proposals:

Reduction of soil contaminations with toxic compounds and heavy metals.
Conservation of biodiversity and wildlife.
Improved human health, through the reduced release of pollutants and GHGs.
Scientific support to relevant EU policies[2]
Sound scientific evaluation of benefits and drawbacks of soil-improving cropping systems and techniques.
Reduction of soil erosion and improvement of soil quality and structure
Increased European farmers’ competitiveness through the reduction of production cost

Deadline Date 03-02-2015 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Stage 2 11-06-2015 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Total Call Budget €104,000,000 Main Pillar Societal

Horizon 2020


Wheat genome

This issue's cover

Science’s Special Issue on Slicing the wheat genome celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Norman Borlaug, the Nobel Prize-winning plant geneticist who, through his contribution to the “green revolution,” reminds us of the importance of applying scientific knowledge to develop crop varieties. This is even more important today as we face a rapidly expanding global population, climate change, and the need to keep agricultural efforts sustainable while minimizing environmental impacts. Accessing the fundamental information of crop genomes aids in accelerating breeding pipelines and improves our understanding of the molecular basis of agronomically important traits, such as yield and tolerance to abiotic and biotic stresses.

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Call For Proposals

Open Call 3: Sectoral policies for the systematic use of ecosystem services

Development of a nation-wide education and awareness campaign through volunteer action and supporting activities
See the programme website for further information about the call
Deadline:Publication date: 21 July 2014
Deadline for applications: 20 October 2014

Outcome of callIncreased awareness of and education in biodiversity and ecosystem services, including awareness of and education in the linkage between biodiversity and climate change, and economic valuation of ecosystems
Budget: € 600,000
Call for proposals (open)

Open Call 1: Invasive alien species networking for information exchange and capacity building
See the programme website for further information about the call
Deadline:Publication date: 21 July 2014
Deadline for applications: 20 October 2014
Outcome of callIncreased protection of native ecosystems against invasive alien species
Budget: € 680,000
Call for proposals (open)

See the programme website for further information about the call
Deadline:Publication date: 21 July 2014
Deadline for applications: 20 October 2014
Outcome of callImproved integration of biodiversity considerations in sectoral policies and legislation
Budget: € 900,000
How to apply
Guide for applicantsHow to involve a partner from Iceland, Liechtenstein and/or Norway
About the programme
Priority sector: Environmental Protection and Management
Objective: Halt loss of biodiversity
Donor programme partner: Directorate for Nature Management (DN)
Norwegian Environment Agency (NEA)

Apps for Agrobiodiversity !

More from the IT geeks at ICARDA. We’ve heard that they’ve been testing out, for the second field season now, and very successfully, agermplasm collecting form app on a tablet equipped with a 3G SIM from a local (European country) provider.


Feed the Planet. Energy for life- EXPO Milan-2015


In the World Expo 2015, which will take place from 1st May to 31 October 2015, the greatest technic and scientific innovation concerning food sector, from production to conservation, to distribution.


In previous exhibitions around the world, the countries that were participating without having their own pavilion were grouped in communal areas according to their geographical location. Expo Milano 2015 has decided to introduce a new system of grouping countries without pavilions: the cluster system.

Supply chains:
Rice – Abundance and Security , Coffee – the engine of ideas , Cocoa – the Food of Gods , Cereals and Tubers – Old and New Crops , Fruits and Legumes , The World of Spices

International phd in agrobiodiversity Call for applications a.y. 2014-2015

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna: Call for applications a.y. 2014-2015
Positions and grants
– 6 positions supported by a grant (amounting to € 14,000 gross amount per year + Campus facilities);
– the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna reserves the possibility of accepting a maximum 1 additional student without a grant or other forms of financial support.

Candidates are requested to apply online by September 5, 2014, 12 p.m. Italian Time.
In case of problems with the online application, please contact the PhD Administration Office (tel. +39.050 883.345, e-mail:

Beginning of the PhD Programme
The PhD Programme will start on November 3, 2014.




First call for The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership (MSBP) and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) Fieldwork Fund

A new fund to protect plants
Plants provide the foundation for the world’s ecosystems and are vital for providing food, clean water and soil, medicine and regulating our climate, yet more than 20% of plants are threatened with extinction. The MSBP-BGCI Fieldwork Fund aims to tackle this crisis by enabling organisations to undertake fieldwork resulting in high quality seed collections……