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ERA4CS Joint Call on Researching and Advancing Climate Services Development by Advanced co-development with users

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

Following the accession of Slovakia and the Czech Republic, the number of international partners increased from 16 to 18.

The French National Research Agency, in partnership with 18 European countries, is set to launch a joint call for proposals through the ERA-Net Cofund ERA4CS (European Research Area for Climate Services). With a total budget of about 72 Mio €, this joint call for funding multilateral research projects on “development of efficient Climate Services in Europe” opens on 1st March 2016.

The climate science community finds itself increasingly exposed to various groups of stakeholders asking rather specific questions about consequences, uncertainties, probabilities related to climate and climate change. As a consequence the concept of "climate services" has recently emerged. This term refers to all information and services that assess and qualify the past climate, present and future, to assess the impacts of climate change on socio-economic activities and the environment or to undertake mitigation measures and adaptation.

Contrary to much of the climate research that generally involves a lot of international cooperation, the work on Climate Services is generally organised on a national level. The ERA-NET Consortium “European Research Area for Climate Services”, so-called ERA4CS, has been designed to boost the development of efficient Climate Services in Europe, by supporting research for developing better tools, methods and standards on how to produce, transfer, communicate and use reliable climate information to cope with current and future climate variability. First activities start in 2016 with the launch of a large scale Joint Transnational Call for research proposals with cash and institutional funding from at least 18 countries and co-fund support of the European Commission (under Grant Agreement reference 690462). The call is funded with up to 72 Mio € by Partner Organizations and co-funding by the European Commission. Two distinct but coherent topics, with independent funding support, are proposed within this call :

Topic A - Innovative co-development with users

This topic seeks to advance understanding in the following domains :

  • Research in support of the development and deployment of Climate Services
  • Research to integrate Climate Science to application cases and decision making
  • Research for co-development of innovative Climate services

It will be supported by cash funding from the following national Research Funding Organizations (RFOs) :

  • Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), France
  • Bundesministerium fĂĽr Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft (BMWFW), Austria
  • Service public fĂ©dĂ©ral de programmation politique scientifique (BELSPO), Belgium
  • Deutsches Zentrum fĂĽr Luft- und Raumfahrt EV (DLR), Germany
  • Innovationsfonden (IFD), Denmark
  • Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad (MINECO), Spain
  • Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland (EPA), Ireland
  • Nederlandse organisatie voor wetenschappelijk onderzoek (NWO), the Netherlands
  • Norges forskningsrad (RCN), Norway
  • Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal
  • Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI), Romania
  • Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS), Slovakia
  • ForskningsrĂĄdet för miljö, areella näringar och Samhällsbyggande (FORMAS), Sweden

Topic B - Institutional integration between the ERA4CS Research Performing Organizations

This topic seeks to advance understanding in the following domains :

  • Development of new methods and tools
  • Impacts studies and models
  • Localisation of Climate Information and Uncertainties Evaluation

It will be supported in kind by the following Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) :

  • Universitaet Graz (Uni Graz), Austria
  • Institut Royal MĂ©tĂ©orologique de Belgique (RMI), Belgium
  • Global Change Research Centre CAS (CzechGlobe), Czech Republic
  • Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum fĂĽr Polar- und Meeresforschung (AWI), Germany
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum fĂĽr Material- und Kustenforschung GMBH (HZG), Germany
  • Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut (DMI), Denmark
  • Agencia Estatal de Meteorologia (AEMET), Spain
  • Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputacion (BSC), Spain
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Spain
  • Universidad de Cantabria (UC-IHC), Spain
  • Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV-C3), Spain
  • Ilmatieteen Laitos (FMI), Finland
  • Suomen ymparistokeskus (SYKE), Finland
  • Bureau de Recherches GĂ©ologiques et Minières (BRGM), France
  • Commissariat Ă  l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA), France
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France
  • Institut national de l'information gĂ©ographique et forestière (IGN), France
  • Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA), France
  • MĂ©tĂ©o-France (MĂ©tĂ©o-France), France
  • National Center for Scientific Research "Demokritos" (NCSRD), Greece
  • Department of the environment, community and local government (Met Eireann), Ireland
  • Fondazione Centro euro-mediterraneo sui cambiamenti climatici (CMCC), Italy
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR-DTA), Italy
  • Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut-KNMI (KNMI), the Netherlands
  • Meteorologisk institutt (Met Norway), Norway
  • Fundacao da Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa (FFCUL), Portugal
  • Administratia nationala de meteorologie R.A. (Meteo-Ro), Romania
  • Sveriges Meteorologiska och Hydrologiska Institut (SMHI), Sweden
  • The University of Reading (UREAD), United Kingdom
  • Met Office (Met Office), United Kingdom

General conditions for application

Proposals require eligible partners from three or more different countries participating in ERA4CS.

Topic A is open to all applicants, subject to national funding rules of the RFOs. Topic B is open only to the RPOs who are partner of ERA4CS Consortium (see provisional list above). Topic B is open only to the RPOs who are partner of ERA4CS Consortium (see provisional list above).

Submission and evaluation of projects will be carried out in two stages and integrated with other countries. Only successful consortia at the pre-proposal stage will be invited to submit a full proposal.

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ANR Contact points :

ANR Project Manager : MĂĽller Johann, johann.muller@nullagencerecherche.fr
ANR Programme Manager : Monfray Patrick, patrick.monfray@nullagencerecherche.fr

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Release date of the call: Tuesday 15 March 2016

Deadline for submission of pre-proposals: Wednesday 15 June 2016 14:00

Deadline for submission of proposals: Tuesday 15 November 2016 14:00