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ERA-PG

We have joined ERA-NET Plant Genomics (ERA-PG) to:

  • increase opportunities for UK plant scientists
  • maximise the benefits of collaborations like GARNet, Brassica Genome Project, UKCropNet, CerealsDB UK, which provides them with access to EU funding and enables them to contribute at the strategic level

Objectives

The objectives of ERA-PG align with our strategic objectives. Our crop science review recognised the benefits of pan-European working, through which might be better able to address consumer expectations regarding agricultural biotechnology and crop improvement.

Aims

  • To develop a common knowledge base on the current status of plant genomic research in the EU, and to position this research with respect to global competition in the context of scientific content and efficiency of resource use
  • To build a platform for co-operation, which can be extended to other European countries and other fields of science
  • To participate in joint transnational calls for research funding

Participants

There are 23 partners from 17 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria (affiliate), Canada (affiliate), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands (coordinating partner), Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

Programme

  • Workpackage 1 aims at information exchange as basis for its establishment
  • Workpackage 2 will formulate the strategic actions aimed at its design
  • Workpackage 3 deals with the implementation of joint strategic programmes
  • Workpackage 4 will focus on structuring the future of plant genomics research in Europe
  • Workpackage 5 accommodates the management activities

Each workpackage (WP) has:

  • a set of objectives
  • a series of tasks
  • a set of deliverables
  • a leader responsible for coordination, planning, monitoring and reporting of WP activities

Each package is subdivided into several tasks, headed by a task leader responsible for coordination and progress reports.

The Network Steering Committee (NSC), consisting of senior officials of the main partners in ERA-PG, has overall responsibility for the programme.

The Executive Coordination Team (ECT), chaired by the consortium leader and consisting of the WP leaders and scientists representing national genomics research programmes, meets to discuss progress and prepare for meetings of the NSC.

The Call Coordination Team (CCT), chaired by the consortium leader and consisting of national call co-ordinators, meets to discuss, prepare and coordinate joint calls for research.

Joint calls

2006: Structuring plant genomic research in Europe

29 collaborative applications were funded in 2 sub-calls, academic (A) and public-private partnership (B). The total budget was €35M.

There were 83 applications from the UK to this call, mostly in sub-call A, making the UK the second largest participant after Germany. UK applicants (18 principal investigators) were in 13 of the 15 successful consortia, with the single application to sub-call B also being successful. BBSRC supported UK participation with approximately £5.5M funding, and the total value of the call was around £27M.

2008: Strengthening the European research in plant genomics – integrating new technologies in plant science

Over 50 transnational research projects have been submitted. A fund of €15M is available.