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RURAGRI call 2012 for applications for transnational research linking agricultural, rural and sustainable development aspects

This call for proposals is now closed. You can view all open calls for proposals by clicking here.

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RURAGRI was set up within the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union (FP7-ERANET-2008-RTD, grant agreement number 235175) with the aim of improving coordination between on-going and future European, national and regional research programmes concerned with the interrelated issues of agricultural development, rural development and sustainable development. RURAGRI’s full project title “Facing sustainability: new relationships between rural areas and agriculture in Europe” recognizes the three dimensions of the approach as an interlinked research field.


The overall objective of RURAGRI is to achieve a better understanding of the implications of evolving or new interactions between agriculture and other land uses in order to support sustainable development. The Changes in spatial processes triggered by urban development point to an urgent need of analysis at the European scale which addresses a set of challenges influencing future development of rural areas in Europe. The current economic crisis puts our societies and rural areas under additional, severe strain and increases the urgency with which these issues need to be confronted.


Research project consortia should develop proposals integrating at least two of the following three research priorities. Proposals should be structured around (one or more) topics listed under each of the three thematic research priorities and are invited to highlight interrelations between the core topic of their proposal and other topics of the call. The proposals should highlight how rural potential can be fostered and thereby contribute to balanced regional development.

  • Ecosystem Services/Public Goods (ES/PG)
  • Socio-Economic Development (SED)
  • Land Use and Land Management (LUM)

General information

Attention: the contact details mentioned below may not be valid as of today. In order to find the adequate contact details, please consult the "departments" section.

The call is open for submission of proposals with deadline: 30 november 2012, 13:00 CET. The complete call text is available as well as the Guidelines for Applicants (see above). Participation and funding are subject to specific Funding Agency Regulations. Twenty countries are contributing to the call.

National contact point details are available on the ERA-Net website:


Submission of proposals on electronic submission system: 30 November 2012

Evaluation by peer reviewers: December 2012 to February 2013

Project negotiations: February to Aprill 2013

National contracts: May to June 2013

Start of projects: June to July 2013

Kick-off meeting: July 2013


Michel Griffon
Tel.: +33 1 78 09 80 08
Emmanuelle Lemaire/Alexis Raftis
E-mail: /
Tel.:: +33 173548275/+33 142759130

Release date of the call: Friday 21 September 2012

Deadline for submission of proposals: Friday 30 November 2012 17:00