The FNR and the Luxembourg Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development (MAVDR) have joined forces to put forward a call for proposals in these areas to support policy making and to help the decision-making process.
The joint FNR-MAVDR call aims to support applied multidisciplinary research on innovative resilient and sustainable farming practices and systems in three thematic research fields:
1. Adaptation of Luxemburg’s Agriculture to Climate Change
2. Adaptation of Local Farming Practices to improve their Impact on Water Resources
3. Adaptation of Local Farming Practices to improve their Impact on Biodiversity and Related Ecosystem Services in Agroecosystems
In 2018, the government’s national coalition agreement specified as a major political priority the move towards sustainable, resilient agriculture and food systems. This objective is in line with the environment and biodiversity protection and climate mitigation goals targeted by international agreements such as the Green Deal , the Common Agricultural Policy , the Biodiversity Strategy and the Farm to Fork Strategy and the national action plans (PAN for the promotion of organic agriculture and PAN for the reduction of phytopharmaceutical products ).
New strategies and monitoring tools are needed to comply with these national and EU goals. Applied research aimed at capacity building and policy support is crucial in order to reach these goals.
The priority area “Sustainable and Responsible Development” defined by the Government as one of the national Research Priorities in December 2019, covers these fields under the priority topic “Climate change: energy efficiency and smart energy management; resilient eco- and agro-systems” with research on “Resilient Water Systems” and “Environmental Monitoring” as important focus areas.
The budget for this Call is 2 MEUR.
FNR and the MAVDR will support projects for a minimum of 24 and maximum of 48 months periods. In case PhD candidates are involved, the minimum funding duration should be 36 months.
This call is targeting public research institutions as well as other institutions in Luxembourg and abroad which are eligible according to the call’s specifications. Project should focus on collaborative approaches with the goal to thereby strengthen as well as extend the expertise and scientific networks of the research teams in Luxembourg.
Applicants are encouraged to promote gender balance at all levels in their teams and to explore whether and how the gender dimension is relevant to the research proposal.
The Luxembourg-based Principal Investigator (PI) must submit the project via FNR’s Grant Management System.