Announcement EJP SOIL - external call 2021

“Towards Healthy, Resilient and Sustainable Agricultural Soils”

Within the framework of the ‘European Joint Programme (EJP) Soil’ an ‘external’ call for research projects has been opened. The EJP Soil tries to set up an integrated framework for agricultural soil research in Europe, organised and implemented by the involved R&I actors. The majority of the research activities are organised within the consortium itself (‘internal’ activities), through the participating (research) entities. Some specific challenges however could benefit from the involvement of research funders, in order to enhance the impact of the EJP SOIL activities, as such an open ‘external’ call for researchers has been launched.

The topics of the call are the following:

  1. Understanding SOC sequestration (stabilization, storage and persistence).
  2. Soil biodiversity: status, and role in ecosystem services provided by soils.
  3. Site-specific or landscape-scale approaches to improve sustainability, resilience, health, and productivity of soils.

Additional information on the call topics and subtopics can be consulted on the EJP SOIL submission platform webpage, where the call documents are made available (and more specifically the ‘call announcement’ document). More information about this first external call can be consulted on the EJP Soil website.

Important for taking into consideration are the 2 mandatory submission deadlines:

  • Pre-registration deadline: 25 June 2021, 13h CET (Brussels)
  • Project proposal deadline: 7 September 2021, 16h CET (Brussels)

In short: pre-registration is mandatory, for being allowed to submit a research proposal later on!

More information about this first external EJP Soil call can be consulted on the EJP Soil webpage. Besides the general rules mentioned in the ‘call announcement’, researcher also have to comply with the ‘national’ FWO regulations, mentioned in the afore mentioned document (from p. 32 onwards). Compliance with these regulations is a perquisite when it comes to the eligibility of the research proposal from Flanders.

FWO modalities

Only the FWO (junior/senior) research projects (FO) funding channel is integrated within this call, for which the respective regulations apply.

Project proposals should be submitted at the EJP Soil call secretariat by European consortia, respecting the general eligibility criteria, as taken up in the ‘call announcement’ document No separate national project submission is required for the FWO.

The FWO is able to support 2 projects for a 3 years duration, with an available maximum applicable budget of 350.000 EUR (overhead included) per project/consortium. The FWO budgetary rules are also clarified in the ‘call announcement’ document (from p. 32 onwards).

Some key points to take into account

  • An overhead regulation has to be applied in the context of this call, what is explained in the FWO national annex, taken up in the ‘call announcement’ document (from p. 32 onwards).
  • The project duration is limited from 24 to 36 months, which implies that the funding has to be budgeted and spent accordingly. An automatic prolongation and using positive (financial) balances after the end date is not applicable in this framework.
  • ERA-NET participation does not interfere with the ‘regular’ project submission framework, and is consequently not taken into account for calculating the max. available number of new applications and running projects combined. Researchers can participate within 2 international consortia (if they imply different topics), but only once as ‘project coordinator’.

Researchers are encouraged to contact the FWO before submission, in view of the eligibility criteria, and in order to avoid the ineligibility of a researcher, and potentially the entire project consortium as a whole.

Information about FWO participation can also be obtained by contacting the following FWO collaborator:

Toon Monbaliu
+32 2 550 15 70
eranet@fwo.be