Call 2016 pre-announcement

Pre-announcement of a call on sustainable animal production

The ERA-NET Sustainable Animal Production (SusAn) had its Kick-off meeting in December and is planning to launch the first call for transnational research proposals in early January 2016. 37 partners from 23 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 planned to be in the end of March 2016.


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 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.


Provisional Timeline

Submission of research project proposals

Early January 2016

Launch of the Call

First step: submission of pre-proposals

End of March 2016

Deadline for pre-proposal submission

Early June 2016

Eligibility check and pre-proposal evaluation

Mid June 2015

Rebuttal option

Mid July 2016

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

Second step: submission of full proposals

Early September 2016

Deadline for full proposal submission

Mid November 2016

Full proposal evaluation

Early December 2016

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

National/Regional grant agreements


Finalisation of research grant agreement negotiations

February/March 2017

Start of research projects

The ERA-NET is being coordinated by the German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE).


Call office:

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

For national matters the National/Regional Contact Points (see table below) should be contacted.


Disclaimer: Neither the SusAn Consortium nor the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food, Bonn, will accept any liability for the content of this pre-announcement, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.