Following a pilot call in 2021, the FNR and the Luxembourg Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development (MAVDR) are again joining forces to put forward a 2nd call for proposals 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 Reduce Nutrient Losses and 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 , the Farm to Fork Strategy and the Nitrates Directive, as well as by the national action plans (PAN for the promotion of organic agriculture).
New strategies and monitoring tools are needed to comply with these national and EU goals. Applied research aimed at policy support and/or direct implementation by the agricultural sector 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. Funding is allocated on a competitive basis up to a maximum amount of 700,000 EUR per project.
Funding is available for eligible research institutions in Luxembourg and abroad.
The call fosters collaborative approaches between two research teams (either from Luxembourg or from Luxembourg and abroad), whereby the project coordinating institution must be based in Luxembourg.
Projects are expected to adopt a co-creation approach by actively involving relevant actors/potential users of the projects from the beginning onwards. Applicants are further strongly advised to include at least one Luxembourg-based farming advisory service.
Applications must clearly state the expected outcomes and outline a plan/strategy of how the generated project results can be taken forward for implementation by farmers and policy makers.
The call deadline is 27 February 2023, 14:00 (CET).
The Luxembourg-based Principal Investigator (PI) must submit the project via FNR’s Grant Management System.
A event is planned to present the FNR-MAVDR22 call and to promote the meeting and exchange between researchers, farmers and other stakeholders in view of developing collaborative research projects.
Save-the-date Thursday 10 November 2022 at the LTA in Gilsdorf.
Further details will follow soon.
Independent of the planned event, interested parties should start looking as soon as possible for potential collaborating partners in view of developing a joint proposal.