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2017-10-17: ForestValue call for proposals 2017 – Call for RDI proposals open

The H2020 ERA-NET Cofund ‘ForestValue – Innovating forest-based bioeconomy’ announces a transnational call for joint European research projects. The indicative total available budget amounts to 25 million € (national public funding including EU top-up funding of 5 million €). The total call volume with industrial co-funding is estimated to be over 30 million €.

Call text and related annexes

Download the ForestValue call text here (version 171017v3 as of 17 Oct 2017). NB! Minor updates (layout, a few small additions to national annexes)

The call text includes all details among other things of the scope, rules for participation, eligibility, application & assessment, and funding with annexes of evaluation criteria, summary of funding options per participating funding organization, national contacts, and specific national rules.

Call topics

The topics of the planned ForestValue joint call will contribute to transforming the global economy from a dependence on fossil and non-renewable raw materials to a sustainable “bio-based economy”. The co-funded joint transnational call will address the whole forest-based value chain in two areas:

  1. Innovative sustainable management of multifunctional forests
  2. Innovative industrial production and processing technologies, products, concepts and services

For focal areas for each of the themes, please see the call text.

As these topics are crosscutting, the call will also aim to encourage and make best use of interdisciplinary systems approaches, and improve the impact and integration of social research and economics in this sector.

Submission

ForestValue submission website will be available soon. Meanwhile, you can download a copy of the pre-proposal form here (Word document).

The submission of pre-proposals will be closed 23 January 2018 at 13:00 CET.

Timeline

Call opening – 17 October 2017
Pre-proposal deadline – 23 January 2018; 13:00 CET
Invitations to submit full proposal – May 2018
Full proposal deadline: 14 August 2018; 13:00 CEST
Funding recommendations announced – October 2017
Start of projects December 2018-January 2019

Call Office

The administration of the call is led by the ForestValue Call Office on behalf of all participating funding partners. General enquiries about this call should be addressed to the call office:

Carina Lemke, Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR),
Martin Greimel, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW),
Mika Kallio, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MMM),

For national contacts, please see Annex III in the call text.

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2017-10-09: New ERA-NET Cofund ‘ForestValue – Innovating forest-based bioeconomy’ officially started on 1 Oct 2017

The new ERA-NET Cofund Action ‘ForestValue – Innovating forest-based bioeconomy’ has officially started on 1 October 2017.

ForestValue will announce a call launch in a few weeks, until the new ForestValue website will get published, for further information please follow the websites of WoodWisdom-Net  and Sumforest  as well as the WoodWisdom-Net Twitter account.

2017-08-07: Project W3B Wood Believe – Two interesting publications now available online

The WoodWisdom-Net+ project W3B “What We Wood Believe – Societal Perceptions of the Forest-Based Sector” has produced two interesting publications, both now available online: Good guidance report on important aspects of perception and communication (pdf) and Public report on major project results (pdf).

2017-08-03: ForestValue call for proposals 2017 – Pre-announcement, updated

Please click here for an updated version of the provisional ForestValue pre-announcement of a joint call for research proposals in 2017.

The indicative total available budget amounts to 25 million € (national public funding including EC top-up funding of 5 million €). The total call volume with industrial co-funding is estimated to be above 30 million €.

The call for pre-proposals is expected to open in the last quarter 2017. Projects are expected to start in late 2018/early 2019.

On 14 February 2017 a proposal for the ERA-NET Cofund “ForestValue – Innovating forest-based bioeconomy” was submitted to the European Commission (EC) in response to the SFS-19 call Sustainable Food Security – Resilient and resource-efficient value chains. ForestValue builds on the success of three forest-related ERA-NETs: WoodWisdom-Net, SUMFOREST and FORESTERRA. The main aim of ForestValue is the joint implementation of a trans-national call for proposals for research, development and innovation in the forest-based sector.

The results of the evaluation of the ForestValue Cofund proposal and thus confirmation for the planned joint call announcement were expected by mid-May 2017 but it was only at the end of June when the Commission announced the results. Nevertheless, we were happy to learn that our proposal had passed the evaluation and we were invited to start grant preparation. The grant preparation phase with the Commission is ongoing, and no details can be confirmed but later in the autumn. Due to this the information in the pre-announcement is still provisional and subject to change in the official call announcement being published with the call opening.

Still, we are confident that would be able to publish a full call information package in the last quarter of 2017. More information will follow.

2017-05-15: Now published by WoodWisdom-Net+ project leanWOOD: Building with timber in Europe

The new publication of the project leanWOOD (Innovative lean processes and cooperation models for planning, production and maintenance of urban timber buildings) presents viewpoints on European timber construction collected from survey data gathered from participants and stakeholders in the project. The publication (FI/EN) is available online here.

2017-06-13: VERAM Experts’ Workshop 13 June 2017@ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm in Brussels, Belgium

What does the future of European raw materials research and innovation look like? Partners of the EU project VERAM – Vision and Roadmap for European Raw Materials will explore opportunities and develop solutions which will help shape the landscape of European raw materials research and innovation towards 2050. A strategic project for the forest-based sector, VERAM is investigating future fields of innovation for biotic raw materials, including forest resources, wood, paper and natural rubber, particularly in synergy with minerals, metals and aggregates. It is a crucial moment to gather information, ideas and opinions from expert stakeholders to develop a solid Research and Innovation Roadmap for European Raw Materials. Register here.

2017-04-04: WoodWisdom-Net+ final seminar 4-5 April 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland

WoodWisdom-Net and the Forestry Commission/ Forestry Commission Scotland as event organisers and hosts look forward to welcoming you in Scotland! This event will be the 9th in a series of programme seminars that started with the Opening Seminar of the WoodWisdom-Net Research Programme in February 2008 in Berlin. This public seminar will bring together researchers and stakeholders from industry, academia and policy-making organisations in the forest-based sector. It will be the final seminar of the 4th Joint Call for Proposals (2013) of WoodWisdom-Net. Registration by 22nd March, 2017.

2017-02-14: Proposal for ERA-NET Cofund ForestValue submitted to the European Commission

On 14 February a proposal for the ERA-NET Cofund ‘ForestValue – Innovating forest-based bioeconomy’ was submitted to the European Commission in response to the SFS-19 call Sustainable Food Security – Resilient and resource-efficient value chains. The objective of ForestValue is to promote increased innovation and competitiveness of the forest-based sector in Europe and support its transformation from a resource-intensive to a knowledge-intensive, productive, resource-efficient and resilient sector.

ForestValue builds on the success of three forest-based ERA-NETs: WoodWisdom-Net (running since 2004, the present phase running under the FP7 ERA-NET Plus Scheme 2012-2017), SUMFOREST (Tackling the challenges in sustainable and multifunctional forestry through enhanced research coordination for policy decisions, 2014-2017) and FORESTERRA (Enhancing forest research in the Mediterranean through improved coordination and integration, 2012-2015). The consortium consists of 31 partners representing different programmes in the bioeconomy funding sector, coming from different regions and countries inside/outside Europe. More

2016-10-26: WoodWisdom-Net+ project Wood Believe – Article “Communications for the European forest based sector: opportunities and challenges”

The objective of the international WoodWisdom-Net+ project W³B “What We Wood Believe – Societal Perceptions of the Forest-Based Sector” strives to take a close look to not only how the
forest-based sector is perceived in a number of selected countries (Austria, Germany, Finland and Slovenia), but how to develop tailored forms of communication specifically adjusted to the European context. Read the full article here.

2016-03-21: Apply for forest research funding – ERA-NET Sumforest Call open

The FP7 ERA-NET Sumforest invites to submit relevant research proposals in the call for transnational collaborative research projects. The call opens on the 21st March 2016 with a closing date for proposals on the 17th June 2016. The title of the call is “Sustainable forests for the society of the future“. More

2016-01-27: WoodWisdom-Net Success Stories – Timber Window ReWin

Since 1.5.2014 the company M SORA d.d. in Slovenia has been working in a large international project titled “Cascading Recovered Wood (CaReWood)”, the project being coordinated by the Technical University of Munich. Public funding for the project is provided by national funding bodies and the European Commission within the frame of the ERA-NET Plus initiative WoodWisdom-Net+. As a result of this collaboration, M SORA has developed a prototype of a timber window ReWin made of disposed timber windows which were even 50 years old.

The timber window ReWin was honoured for the best innovation with a social impact at the 10th Slovenian Innovation Forum 2015 in Nova Gorica. More

2016-08-22: World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE 2016) , August 22-25, 2016 in Vienna, Austria

WCTE is the world’s premier forum for presenting and discussing the lastest technical and architectural developments and innovations in wood or timber construction. More

2016-04-07: WoodWisdom-Net+ project Wood Believe – 4th Stakeholder Workshop on Thu 7th April 2016 in Vienna, Austria

The objective of the international WoodWisdom-Net+ project W³B “What We Wood Believe – Societal Perceptions of the Forest-Based Sector” is to create and demonstrate innovative and cost-efficient ways of communication towards stakeholders in relevance of the European forest-based sector and its products for a sustainable bio-economy. The agenda is available here (pdf). For more information about the project, please visit the project website.

2016-01-15: Aalto Wood Winter Seminar 2016 – Building Material Futures II, January 15, 2016 in Espoo, Finland

Aalto University’s Wood working group invites to participate in a Winter Seminar titled Building Material Futures II on Friday 15th January 2016 in Auditorium A2, Otakaari 1 X, Otaniemi/ Espoo, Finland. More

2015-11-17:Thank you for visiting the WoodWisdom-Net stand at the Bioeconomy Investment Summit

WoodWisdom-Net participated in the Bioeconomy Investment Summit on 9-10 November 2015 in Brussels. The event was very interesting, and WoodWisdom-Net’s stand got good attention. We warmly thank all of you who visited our stand. More

2015-09-16: WoodWisdom-Net+ projects presented at the WW-Net seminar 14-15 Sept 2015 in Duebendorf, Switzerland

The 7th WoodWisdom-Net Research Programme Seminar was held on 14th and 15th of September 2015 at Empa Academy in Duebendorf near Zurich, Switzerland. The seminar was the first mid-term seminar of the 4th Joint Call for Proposals (2013) of WoodWisdom-Net, and brought together more than 60 researchers and stakeholders from industry, academia and policy-making organisations in the forest-based sector. The seminar presentations will soon be available on the seminar website.

 

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