Call 2016 announcement

The full text of the call is attached at the end of this article. *Please view the last update of the Call Announcement [11th of July 2016]*

Announcement of a call on sustainable animal production

The ERA-NET Sustainable Animal Production (SusAn) had its Kick-off meeting in December and has launched the first call for transnational research proposals on January 4th, 2016. 37 partners from 22 countries have committed 17 m € for research. This amount will be topped up with 4 m € for research by the European Commission (EU-cofunded call).

The funding organisations agreed that future development of the European Animal Production sector will need to build on the sustainability triangle of economic competitiveness, social acceptability and environmental protection.

This co-funded call for research is open to transnational research proposals which take a systems and interdisciplinary approach to research to address multiple objectives under the following three Research Areas:

Area 1 (‘Economy’): Improve the productivity, resilience and competitiveness of European Animal Production

Area 2 (‘Environment’): Improve and manage resource use to reduce waste and enhance the environmental sustainability of European animal production

Area 3 (‘Society’): Improve on-farm practices to enhance consumer acceptability and address societal challenges associated with animal welfare, product quality and safety, biodiversity and provision of ecosystem services

Consortia should submit cross-cutting research proposals which address all three areas, and build on the sustainability triangle of economic competitiveness, social acceptability and environmental protection.

The SusAn website provides a partnering tool that can be used by researchers to find consortium partners.

Deadline for submission of pre-proposals is 29.03.2016 – 12:00 CEST.


Proposal selection

The call will follow a two steps procedure: pre-proposals submitted in step one will be checked for eligibility against call criteria and national/regional regulations (see full call text) as well as peer reviewed. Successful pre-proposals will be invited to submit a full proposal which in step two will be ranked by an International Evaluation Committee. The highest ranked proposals will be selected for funding.



Submission of research project proposals


Launch of the Call

First step: submission of pre-proposals

29.03.2016 - 12:00 CEST

Deadline for pre-proposal submission


Eligibility check and pre-proposal evaluation


Rebuttal option


Communication of eligibility check and evaluation outcomes to the research project coordinators– Start of step 2

Second step: submission of full proposals

09.09.2016 - 16:00 CEST

Deadline for full proposal submission


Full proposal evaluation

December 2016/January 2017

Communication of the evaluation outcomes and the funding recommendation to the research project coordinators

National/Regional grant agreements

February - September 2017

Finalisation of research grant agreement negotiations

February - September 2017

Start of research projects

Funded research project monitoring and seminars

October 2017

Initial project seminar

October 2018

Mid-term training seminar

November 2018

Mid-term report

October 2020

Final project seminar

November 2020

Final report



The ERA-NET is being coordinated by the German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE), Unit 315 – European Research Affairs, Deichmanns Aue 29, 53179 Bonn, Germany.

Coordinator: Elke Saggau,, phone +49 (0) 228-6845-3930
Main Project Manager: Babette Breuer,, phone +49 (0) 228-6845-2925
Project Manager: Arnd Bassler,, phone +49 (0) 228-6845-3506
Project Administrator: Annette Zimmermann,, phone +49 (0) 228-6845-3735


Call Secretariat

Katerina Kotzia: Tel. +49-(0)228-3821-1688

For national matters the National/Regional Contact Points (see full call text) should be contacted.