Joint Call 2013-2017 (JC4)

The 4th Call for joint European research projects within the WoodWisdom-Net Research Programme was launched in spring 2013 under the ERA-NET Plus Scheme of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission. The call for pre-proposals resulted in 80 proposals, and 33 proposals were asked to submit a full proposal. After the judgement of an international Expert Panel, in November 2013 the WoodWisdom-Net+ Steering Committee selected 23 projects for funding.

Most projects are focusing on research issues related to Theme 3 “Value added products” (10), Theme 2 “Industrial processes” (7), and Theme 4 “Competitive customer solutions” (5), while only one proposal stated that its main thematic research area is under Theme 1 “Sustainable management of forest resources”. However, all proposals indicated that their research is connected to more than just one of the listed research areas.

Below the projects listed under the call topic areas (as prioritized by each proposal) with a brief summary on each.

A copy of all project descriptions updated for the final conference in Edinburgh in April 2017 is available here.

Theme 1  – Sustainable management of forest resources

FASTFORESTS – Impacts of faster growing forests on raw material properties with consideration of the potential effects of a changing climate on species choice

Theme 2 – Industrial processes

BIOCOPOL – Enhancing wood durability and physical properties through innovative bio-based sustainable treatments

CaReWood – Cascading recovered wood

COSEPA – Controlled separation and conversion processes for wood hemicelluloses

EU Hardwoods – European hardwoods for the building sector

leanWood – Innovative lean processes and cooperation models for planning, production and maintenance of urban timber buildings

ReWoBioRef – Mobilisation and utilization of recycled wood for ligno-cellulosic bio-refinery processes

VARMA – Value added by optimal wood raw material allocation and processing

Theme 3 – Value added products

AEROWOOD – Wood-based aerogels

PShapes – Polysaccharide bioshapes – chemical design and shaping into new biomaterials

COMPAC – Plasticized lignocellulose composites for packaging materials

CreoSub – New protection technology to substitute creosote for the protection of railway sleepers, timber bridges and utility poles

HCLTP – Hybrid cross laminated timber plates

HEMICELL – Wood based chemicals, in particular chemical modified hemicellulose, used as functional additives to enhance the material properties of cellulose esters

LIGNOHTL – Liquid fuels from lignin by hydrothermal liquefaction and deoxygenetion

PRONANOCELL – processes for nanocellulose composite manufacturing

TunableFilms – Tunable lignocellulose-based responsive films

WoTIM – Wood-based thermal insulation materials

Theme 4 – Competitive customer solutions

DuraTB – Durable timber bridges

Silent Timber Build – Silent timber buildings for the European market

TallFacades – Tall timber facades, identification of cost-effective and resilient envelopes for wood constructions

W3B Wood Believe – Social perceptions of the forest-based sector and its products towards sustainable society

Wood2New – Competitive wood based interior materials and systems for modern wood construction



The WoodWisdom-Net+ consortium has established a Call Secretariat on behalf of all of the funding partners. General enquiries about this call should be addressed to:

WoodWisdom-Net+ Call Secretariat
Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR)/
Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW)
Contact: call (at)


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