News from this ERA-Net
The overall objective of the WoodWisdom-Net+ is to support the transformation of the European F-BI and sustainable forest management for increasing resource efficiency and adapting to and mitigating climate change effects. This will be achieved by integrating knowledge and technologies of large-scale industrial products and processes, as well as primary production.
The aim is to plan a single joint call for proposals for research, development and innovation in the forest sector with a clear financial commitment from the participating national (or regional) research programmes and the EU. The estimated total funding volume of the joint call is expected to ca. EUR 30 million (share of industry funding EUR 5-10 million).
The main approach in the WW-Net+ is the substitution of non-renewable resources (e.g. materials or fossil fuels), by renewable forest-based solutions to reduce carbon emissions and waste. The joint transnational call will address the whole forest-based value chain in four areas. These are: the sustainable management of forest resources through; their efficient utilisation in industrial processes to; value added products and competitive customer solutions. The exact scope will be defined during the project.
WW-Net+ will base its research, development and innovation funding activities on the processes and experience developed during the preceding ERA-NETs towards streamlined and efficient processes. The preceding ERA-NETs WoodWisdom-Net (2004-08) and WoodWisdom-Net 2 (2009-12) form the transnational WoodWisdom-Net Research Programme (total funding volume of the launched three calls ca. EUR 50 million) which provides the planned ERA-NET Plus Action with a solid foundation. Looking to the future, the WW-Net+ will continue to improve the delivery of joint activities and has ambitious goals for funding transnational research and offering access to the resources of other countries.
Mapping and scoping activities
While the ERA-NET scheme supports the coordination of the launch of joint calls for proposals, ERA-NET Plus focuses on funding of the actual R&D-activities. Furthermore, extensive mapping has been carried out under WoodWisdom-Net and WoodWisdom-Net 2 and therefore is not foreseen in the context of this ERA-NET Plus.
Fourth call 2013-2016
Joint Call 2013-2016 - The 4th Joint Call for Proposals within the WoodWisdom-Net Research Programme
The WoodWisdom-Net Research Programme announced in February 2013 its fourth call for joint European research projects. The indicative total available budget amounts to EUR 24 million (national public funding including EC top-up funding of eight million euros). The total call volume with industrial co-funding is estimated to be up to ca. EUR 30 million.
The overarching aim of this 4th call under the transnational WoodWisdom-Net Research Programme is to support the total transformation of the European F-BI and sustainable forest management to enable it to increase resource efficiency and develop a totally new products scope, while adapting to and mitigating the impacts of climate change.
The main approach in WoodWisdom-Net+ is the substitution of non-renewable resources (e.g. materials or fossil fuels), by renewable forest-based solutions to reduce carbon emissions and waste. The joint transnational call will address all forest-based value chains in four areas. These are: 1) the sustainable management of forest resources through 2) their efficient utilisation in industrial processes to 3) value added products and 4) competitive customer solutions.
The initiative is intended to facilitate collaboration between industry, SMEs, stakeholder associations, research organisations, leading-edge scientists from the wider range of disciplines covering wood material, construction, natural, biological, social, economic and other relevant sciences that will bring their broad expertise to support the transformation of the European forest-based sector and to secure its competitiveness. Importantly, 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 area.
The funding organisations are particularly keen to encourage innovative transnational proposals from multidisciplinary groups of researchers with optimal combinations of expertise and experience (e.g. including early stage researchers and staff exchange between partners) to address the call topic areas. The participation of commercial and industrial and or other stakeholders – especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – is strongly recommended to ensure the relevance of the research to technological development and to the needs of society.