In the frame of the ERA-NET Cofund FACCE SURPLUS (Sustainable and Resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems), the partner organisations listed in the table hereunder launched a call for proposals on January 9 2019.

Important dates

  • Submission of the pre-proposal via the Submission Platform
    Deadline was 19.03.2019, 14:00 CET
  • Submission of the full proposal via the Submission Platform
    Deadline was 17.07.2019, 14:00 CEST
  • Proposals are being evaluated and outcomes will be communicated to applicants in November 2019.  

See full call text here

Aim and scope of the call

For now, the call for proposals is closed - and the proposals are being evaluated. 

Background information: The call for proposals aims to improve collaboration and cooperation across the European Research Area in the area of sustainable intensification of food and non-food biomass production and transformation systems, including biorefinery concepts. 

It aims at supporting innovation, value creation and sustainable intensification of biomass production, taking into account the required economic, environmental and social conditions and resilience to climate change. In the call options will be explored which utilise all the biomass from agricultural land, uncultivated land and forestry with a holistic view with regards to food and non-food systems.

In line with previous calls it is expected that the projects will build upon the research already conducted in FACCE SURPLUS and under the broader umbrella of FACCE-JPI.


The call invited proposals for collaborative research and development of transnational consortia of research organisations and companies from at least 2 countries participating in the call. The duration of proposed projects could be up to 36 months.

National eligibility rules, including the potential eligibility of the private sector, e.g. SMEs, had to be followed. Non-eligible partners could join at their own expense.

Application procedures & Evaluation criteria

The submission of the proposal occured online via this Submission Platform. In a two-stage submission process, at first the planned work was presented as a pre-proposal which was checked for eligibility. Successful consortia at pre-proposal stage were invited to submit full proposals which are now being evaluated by independent experts.  

Outcomes will be communicated to applicants in November 2019.  

Time schedule

Step 1 (Pre-proposal)    

  • Call opening was 09.01.2019  
  • Deadline for submission of pre-proposals was 19.03.2019  

Step 2 (Full proposal)  

  • Outcome from step 1 & Opening of step 2 was communicated 22.05.2019
  • Deadline for submission of full proposals was 17.07.2019  

Evaluation & funding

  • Funding recommendation & Start of national procedures  - 06.11.2019
  • Expected start of research projects - 01.01.2020 to 01.04.2020 


FACCE-JPI Call Office:

The Call Office, hosted by Projektträger Jülich, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany, is the central contact point for applicants regarding all technical and general issues of the submission.