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Luxembourg National Research Fund

Green Era Hub

Sustainable and resilient agri-food systems

  • Country/ies:

    Belgium , Denmark , Finland , Germany , Ireland , Lithuania , United Kingdom , African Countries
  • Deadline: 20-07-2023 12:00 (pre-proposals)
    07-09-2023 12:00


The Green ERA-Hub (GEH) officially started in September 2022 as a Coordination and Support Action of the European Commission under the Horizon Europe Framework Programme. It represents 15 currently active EU ERA-Net Cofunds and self-sustained initiatives in the field of agri-food and biotechnology. The partners and initiatives consider GEH an ideal measure to continue and extend their fruitful co-operation. Among the main aims, the GEH will build on previous achievements and further enhance cross-sectoral collaboration between agri-food and biotechnology ERA-Nets by identifying common research and innovation priorities and addressing them in joint transnational funding of collaborative research projects.

As a result of the alignment of various national and regional research programmes, the GEH has combined the research and innovation priorities of different ERA-Net initiatives to launch the first GEH Joint Call.

Topics overview

  1. Enhance fertilizer efficiency and reduce fertilizer use
  2. Increase European protein self-sufficiency
  3. Mitigate GHG emissions in agricultural and food systems
  4. Sustainable energy use and production in agri-food systems


The total budget for this call is 10.6 MEUR. The FNR contributes 300,000 EUR.


Who can apply?

Universities and other higher education institutions, public research institutions, private non-profit organisations, and private companies can apply, subject to the national/regional regulations and eligibility criteria detailed in the call announcement. Applying research consortia must include at least three eligible partners requesting funding from at least three different member countries who contribute funds to the Call. Funding of the participating research organisations will be provided by their respective national funding organisation according to their legal terms and conditions for project funding.

Where to apply?

Submissions have to be done through the online submission system of the Green Era Hub website, where the call documents will also available. Applications not submitted through the this website cannot be retained for review.

In addition to the Green Era Hub documents, Luxembourg applicants need to submit the FNR INTER documents via the FNR Online Grant Management System.


The objective of this call is to support projects that contribute to the development of more sustainable and resilient food and farming systems. This includes consideration of what resources are used and how they are used; reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; and impact on yields, product quality, human nutrition and profitability.

The scope covers both organic and conventional farming and/or food approaches. A holistic systems approach to food and farming systems is encouraged both pre- and post-farm gate. Such an approach could be, for instance, to look at circularity, closing nutrient cycles, utilising side streams, and minimising waste, trying to enhance the efficiency at system level and to improve the use of natural resources.

The approaches outlined hereunder may be used as inspiration for proposals, but other approaches are also welcomed:

  • Analysis of potential synergies and trade-offs of redesigned or new production systems or products along the value chain and their economic, ecological and social effects
  • Identification of the most important drivers, facilitators and barriers to implement and accept new strategies, processes and products
  • Design and analysis of socio-economic structures within a socio-ecological market economy that facilitate functional competition
  • Building strategies to improve the consumers´ knowledge about the impact of their food choices and consumption behaviour on health, environment and economy (food literacy)

Not included in the scope are: cultivated meat, precision fermentation of oils.


The topics named below are related and may be combined in various ways. Proposals must address at least one of the following four topics:

Topic 1: Enhance fertilizer efficiency and reduce fertilizer use

Some possible areas of intervention include (note that this list is not exhaustive):

  • Fertilizer production and recovery: innovative procedures to retrieve fertilizers from agricultural (by)-products, residues and waste from agricultural/food production
  • Fertilizer utilisation: improved/optimized use of fertilizer through innovative agricultural production strategies such as precision farming potentially supported by ICT solutions, modelling and decision support systems, as appropriate
  • Organic fertilizer: biological nitrogen fixation by co-cultivation strategies, for example with legumes

Topic 2: Increase European protein self-sufficiency

Some possible areas of intervention include (note that this list is not exhaustive):

  • Protein in feed: new concepts for optimal use of feed protein in livestock production, including breeding for low protein feed rations
  • Protein recovery: innovative biorefinery concepts to retrieve protein from residues of feed and food production
  • Protein production: novel sources of protein from breeding of new protein crops and from alternatives (e.g. algae, seaweeds, insects) for food and non-food applications
  • Protein in food: novel food protein sources, their consumer acceptance, and understanding of consumer choices

Topic 3: Mitigate GHG emissions in agricultural and food systems

Some possible areas of intervention include (note that this list is not exhaustive):

  • Climate neutrality in agri-food systems: strategies and innovations for GHG mitigation and carbon removal
  • Improved national GHG inventories: new and/or refined emission/removal factors enabling better monitoring, reporting and verification of emissions/removals
  • Enabling conditions: evaluation of policy and/or economic measures to support GHG emissions reductions and enhance removals across the farm-to-fork chain
  • Climate-friendly choices: better understanding of the drivers of consumer behaviour in order to support consumers in reducing food waste and making more climate-friendly food purchases

Topic 4: Sustainable energy use and production in agri-food systems

This topic focusses on alternatives to fossil fuels and covers production and use of energy within agri-food systems.

Some possible areas of intervention include (note that this list is not exhaustive):

  • Energy saving strategies “from farm-to-fork”, including approaches during food processing and packaging
  • Renewable energy production in agri-food systems (e.g. biogas, wind, solar)
  • Biogas production in circular systems, avoiding food-feed competition
  • Benefits and trade-offs of energy saving and renewable energy use, including economic aspects
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  • Call Office Contact (Project Management Jülich)

    Petra E. Schulte

    +49 2461 61 9031

    Emilie Gätje

    +49 2461 61 96367

    Christian Breuer

    +49 2461 61 96929

    FNR Contact

    Marie-Claude Marx, PhD (not available on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons)

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