Novel technologies, solutions and systems to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of animal production systems

Given decision: 2019-06-01 00:00

Extended period of application until January 31, 2019. The ERA-NETs FACCE ERA-GAS, SusAn and ICT-AGRI 2 have launched a Joint Call addressing the challenge of greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation in animal production.

Extended period of application until January 31, 2019

The agricultural sector, and animal production, faces challenges in meeting the demand for high quality protein while contributing to the reduction in GHG emissions envisaged in the 2015 Paris Agreement.

This transition towards greater sustainability requires all relevant economic, social and environmental dimensions to be taken into account. Using innovative livestock management, novel technologies, solutions and systems including ICT, decision support tools, robotics and intelligent data analyses can help achieve these goals.

Eligibility criteria:

Committed budget and maximum funding per partner

The Swedish Research Council Formas has committed 1 500 000 Euro in total over 3 years to this call.

The maximum funding for a Swedish partner in a consortium is 300 000 Euro in total (100 000 Euro per year). For a Swedish consortium coordinator, the maximum funding is 300 000 Euro in total (100 000 Euro per year).

Consortium structure

Each consortium must consist of Principal Investigators (PIs) from at least 3 different countries, participating in the call. Swedish applicants from the same grant administrating organisation must be associated to a single PI. Several Swedish PIs from different grant administrating organisations may be part of a consortium if the consortium also includes PIs from at least 2 other countries.

Funding decision

Following evaluation by an international expert panel, the highest-ranked applications will be recommended for funding. Swedish PIs in projects recommended for funding will be invited to submit the same application to Formas (using Prisma). Information about the submission will be provided in the invitation.

Each funding organisation makes the final decision about funding of their respective PIs. The funding awarded will be made public after all funding organisations have reached their decisions. Formas Scientific Council is expected to reach its decisions in June 2019. Decisions about grant awards are not subject to appeal. Projects are expected to start July 2019.

General regulations:

Who can apply for funding

To be eligible to apply for grants from Formas, main applicants and co-applicants must have a doctoral degree. Other people participating in the project (e.g. doctoral students, technicians, lab assistants) do not need to have a doctoral degree. Grants for research projects can only be administered by a Swedish university, university college or other Swedish public organisation that fulfils the grant administrating organisation eligibility requirements of Formas (please see Formas’ requirements for Grant administrating organisations).

What funding can be applied for

Project grants from Formas may be used for financing of salary for researchers, doctoral students (up to three years) and technical staff (including social-security contributions). Grants may also be used to finance running costs (e.g. consumables, equipment under 500 kSEK, travel, conferences, publication in open access journals), equipment depreciation costs and premises costs.

For existing employment positions, the current salary at the time of application (including social-security contributions) must be used for each of the subsequent years. For new employment positions the starting salary at the grant administrating organisation must be used for each subsequent year. Note that the total salary costs awarded by Formas for an individual researcher, doctoral student or other member of the project may never exceed 100 per cent of a full-time position.

Budget specification:

  • Personnel: Salary costs including social fees and LKP.
  • Travel (Missions): Traveling cost for meetings, data collection and so on.
  • Consumables (Running costs): All the costs that are related to the research activities as well as equipment under 500 kSEK, publications in open access journal, equipment depreciation costs and premises costs. The overhead costs can be included here or in a separate heading if available. Formas funds overhead costs according to the Swedish universities or institutions policies.
  • Overhead: Include the overhead here (according to the Swedish universities or institutions policies) or in the field for Consumables or Running costs depending on the form for the specific call.
  • Subcontracting: Total costs for the subcontractors including their overheads and premises costs.
  • Requested funding: Total costs XXX Funder: FORMAS

Ethical guidelines and open access

For information regarding Formas’ ethical guidelines and issues concerning public and open access to research results and scientific data, please see the General instructions for applicants to Formas.

Reporting of projects awarded funding

Each Swedish PI awarded funding must submit a financial and scientific report to Formas when the project has ended.

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Contact information

Mattias Norrby, Senior Research Officer, Formas
Telephone: +46 (0)72-250 59 73

Updated:1 June 2019