T4 / IRT-4

Bio-Economy – unleashing the potentials while sustaining soils

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Europe
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom



Czech Republic

Veronika Kortanova
+420 257 280 636kortanova@kr-s.czhttp://www.kr-stredocesky.cz/web/regionalni-rozvoj/program-smart-akceleratoryespossiblynoProgramme - Smart Accelerator - Assistence of the Central Bohemian Region. Support for applied research. The local partner is needed.
Jiri Krechl
xyresearch@czechinvest.orghttp://www.czechinvest.org/en/research-development36yespossiblynoProgramme for support of applied research - CzechInvest Agency. The Czech Republic has a strong academic background which consists of nine main technical universities providing natural-sciences study programmes, including energy technologies. Added value derives from cooperation with leading Czech companies focusing on R&D projects involving advanced technology products.Another aspect of success in research is that the Czech Republic is home to a broad range of science and technology parks and innovation centres.These aspects give the Czech Republic a leading position among its main competitors in the region, according to fDI intelligence source.
Marie Pacakova
xymarie.pacakova@gacr.czhttps://gacr.cz/en/yespossiblynoGrant Agency of the Czech Republic, a section for support of the research. Open to all fields of science. The Czech Science Foundation (also known as the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, GA CR) was established in 1993 as the main independent public organization with the aim to support basic research in the Czech Republic and promote international collaboration of researchers and research teams on the bilateral and multilateral levels. On the basis of calls for proposals, the Czech Science Foundation provides financial support for experienced as well as young and early-stage researchers. Moreover, it funds bilateral projects together with projects carried out within international research programmes. The subject of a project proposal is determined by the applicant (bottom-up principle). Around 2,500 project proposals are submitted to the GA CR every year, of which more than one-fourth obtain financial support. The GA CR invites proposals in all disciplines of basic research.
Lukas Kacena
xylukas.kacena@tacr.czhttps://www.tacr.cz/index.php/en/yespossiblynoTechnology Agency of the Czech Republic, section for management of research



Tekes - the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation
Chief advisor Kari Keskinenkari.keskinen@tekes.fihttps://www.tekes.fi/en/tekes/yespossiblynoTekes is the most important publicly funded expert organisation for financing research, development and innovation in Finland. Tekes promotes a broad-based view on innovation: besides funding technological breakthroughs, Tekes emphasises the significance of service-related, design, business, and social innovations. Tekes works with the top innovative companies and research units in Finland. Every year, Tekes finances some 1,500 business research and development projects, and almost 600 public research projects at universities, research institutes and universities of applied sciences. Research, development and innovation funding is targeted to projects that create in the long-term the greatest benefits for the economy and society. Participation of enterprises is a requirement for funding. Tekes highlights the importance of economic impacts in its funding decisions.
bio-economy and clean solutionspossibly, already funded, currently fundingantti.rehunen@ymparisto.fi
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Jaana KaipainenJaana.Kaipainen@mmm.fihttp://mmm.fi/en/frontpageyespossiblyyesAt the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the core task of research and development activities is to proactively produce knowledge, expertise and innovations to support decision-making, promote the competitiveness of economic activities and ensure the sustainable use of renewable natural resources. The Ministry’s research and development appropriation is used, in particular, to fund research, development and study projects that support planning, foresight, monitoring and impact assessment activities concerning policy measures and legislation. The Development Fund for Agriculture and Forestry (Makera) grants R&D funding for research activities that benefit the agri-food sector across a broad front. The main focus is on research concerning the sustainable development of the profitability and competitiveness of livelihoods. Makera also provides funding for research on reindeer husbandry, natural means of livelihood and development activities in the Skolt Sámi area and rural research and development projects.
Bio-economy and circular economypossiblyantti.rehunen@ymparisto.fi


Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Marion BARDYmarion.bardy@agriculture.gouv.frhttp://www,agriculture.gouv.frunknownyesyesHow to manage the multifunctionality of agricultural soils, also takes into account in the decision making - transverse to several themes. What means of action / levers for actors managing agricultural ecosystems
Support to the French Strategy of Bioeconomy yesmc.dictor@brgm.fr



Regione Emilia Romagna
Nicola Dall'Olionicola.dallolio@regione.emilia-romagna.itwww.regione.emilia-romagna.ityespossiblyyesRegione Emilia Romagna is interested in co-funding and being a partner of H2020 projects and other UE funding programme
Reduce land take and preserve fertile soils. Regione Emilia Romagna is currently co-funding on this issure the LIFE project SOS4Lifecurrently fundingmatteo.tabasso@siti.polito.it


implementation programme soil and subsurface
Leo Hamerlinck (via Linda Maring)linda.maring@deltares.nlhttps://www.bodemplus.nl/onderwerpen/bodem-ondergrond/bodemconvenant/thema/kennis/uitvragen/uitvraag-2017/aanbestedingsvormen/xxxpossiblypossiblyThis programme has budget untill (10 mln between 2017-2020) for soil and subsurface. They use the Dutch knowledge agenda soil and subsurface (which is the same as the dutch contribution to the INSPIRATION agenda) as leading research questions. They set out different calls (next call is on climate / rural area, nature / infrastructure or energy, max 150 KEUR, 50% cofininancing needed, deadline Nov 29 2017 ) They are open for collaboration in europe. how and on which topics is not specified yest. Probably theyw ant to arrange this via the Knowledge and Innovation Program Soil and Subsurface (also entered in this database)
outside our remitlinda.maring@deltares.nl



Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Maria MaiaMaria.Maia@fct.ptwww.fct.ptPermission for what?yesyes
Center on Spatial and Organizational Dynamics
Thomas Panagopoulostpanago@ualg.pthttp://cieo.pt/mission.phpyespossiblyyes
António José Conde Buzio Sampaio Ramos
outside our remittpanago@ualg.pt


Ministry of Research and Innovation
Mrs. Simona Malureanu, General Directorsimona.malureanu@research.gov.rowww.research.gov.royesyespossiblyIn the preparative stage Dr. Viorel Vulturescu, Director of the Directorate International and European Intercommunications in the Ministry of Research and Innovation and member of the Societal Challenge 5 (SC5) Programme Committee (including ERA-NET networks), was informed (Official request, plus SRA Green Paper and Executive Summary attached) by e-mail in August 18th 2017 as well as similar documents submitted in hard to the Ministry of Research and Innovation (registered) on August 23rd 2017. Also, Dr. Constantin Ranea, General Director of the General Directorate for Transfer and Infrastructure R&D&I in the Ministry of Research and Innovation was informed by the NFP (Official request, plus SRA Green Paper and Executive Summary handed over in hard directly by the NFP) by August 29th 2017. Later on, during the meetings held at the quarters of the Ministry of Research and Innovation in November 1st 2017 with Dr. Constantin Ranea, General Director of the General Directorate for Transfer and Infrastructure R&D&I and Mrs. Simona Malureanu, General Director of the General Directorate for Policies and R&D&I Programmes, the NFP has recorded a certain interest of the Ministry of Research and Innovation to join the Strategic Research Agenda. The Ministry will look further to find and develop proper solutions for Soil-Sediment-Water research co-funding. Late 2017, acknowledging the importance of the SRA, the NFP decided to improve and update its Research&Development&Innovation Strategy for the period 2018-2020 with the entire SRA content (https://www.icpa.ro/documente/Strategie%20CDI%202018-2020.pdf). As an entity coordinated by the Ministry of Research and Innovation, in December 2017, the NFP submitted to the National Research Program “Core”, 6 national proposals connected with the SRA.
The NFP has raised to the Ministry of Research and Innovation one proposal regarding development of a model to assess the nitrogen use efficiency at farm level.possiblymihail.dumitru@icpa.ro





The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agrucultural Sciences and Spatial Planning
Elisabet Goranssonelisabet.goransson@formas.sewww.formas.seyespossiblypossiblyMay be a change of Contact person


Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF
c/o Marco Pützmarco.puetz@wsl.chwww.snf.chnonono
Swiss Federal Office for the Environment FOEN
c/o Marco Pützmarco.puetz@wsl.chwww.bafu.admin.chnonono

United Kingdom

Unleash the potential of soil to sustain a bio-economy in Europe by better understanding soil and economic systems in order to support land management for biomass production and consumption. Alternatives to non renewable resources are needed. Soils can provide bio-based resources, but overuse must be prevented to sustain soil system functions.

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The bioeconomy has an essential role to play in a transition to a post-fossil world. Investing in research to establish the limits of the natural soil system will help ensure the bioeconomy stays within these limits thereby sustaining bioeconomic production and soil functions versus alternative user demands.
Operators and regulators of bioeconomic production will be able to understand and ensure natural limits are observed. They will be aware of the capacity of the soil to deliver output, to a level that safeguards the provision of other ecosystem services.
To help sustain the bioeconomy, scientists will need to develop transdisciplinary understanding of the spatial and temporal constraints on bioeconomic production by developing calibrated predictive models of soil functioning and economic, environmental and social consequences. Together with stakeholders, the most effective means need to be identified to steer land management accordingly, trading-off economic, social and environmental needs.
Citizens will benefit from the contribution of the bioeconomy to a post-hydrocarbon society. It will provide independence from the uncertain and finite supply of non-renewable fossil resources and will provide new jobs and production means to create biobased products.

The bioeconomy comprises those parts of the economy that use renewable biological resources from land and sea – such as crops, forests, fish, animals and micro-organisms – to produce food, materials and energy. There is a need for beeter understanding of the biomass production and consumption chain, including risks and environmental impacts (e.g. understanding and minimizing negative externalities). The sustainable limits of soil bioeconomy must be established and not exceeded to secure renewable resources.

Background: Europe aims at a resource-efficient and sustainable economy. Europe's Bioeconomy Strategy (2012, to be reviewed in 2017) is claimed to be a building block of a circular and more sustainable economy. The bioeconomy comprises those parts of the economy that use renewable biological resources from land and sea – such as crops, forests, fish, animals and micro-organisms – to produce food, materials and energy. The bioeconomy promises a step-change where fossil fuels are replaced with sustainable natural alternatives as part of the shift to a post-petroleum society.
The bioeconomy enables independence from finite fossil resources, however, it relies crucially on the provision of biomass and energy to be provided by the soil-sediment-water-system and the rivers and seas. In particular, the capacities of soils and their sustainable potentials to enable a bioeconomy with adequate agriculture and foresting are critical.
By taking an integrated systemic approach, there is a need extend the understanding of the complex and interrelated factors involved throughout the biomass production and consumption chain. There is an urgent need to put in place measures to better understand and limit risks and environmental impacts (e.g. understanding and minimizing negative externalities) and better cope with varying conditions and seize opportunities for new ways of production, while respecting the sustainable limits of soils to provide the renewable resources. Not least, the socio-economic drivers and inhibitors (e.g. related to regulation and acceptance) of changing to a sustainable bioeconomy need to be considered comprehensively to understand the next to the technological also the societal potentials and limits of intensification of soil use in order to accordingly steer production as well as behavioral change in agriculture, industrial processing and consumption effectively.
Goal: Unleash the potentials of soils to sustain a bio-economy in Europe by better understanding soil and economic systems in order to derive more sustainable land management, biomass production and consumption
Rationale from the themes: Demand: Europe demands resources for the satisfaction of most societal needs. Soil can provide the produce for food, energy, fibres and products being basic to modern civilization. Access to safe and nutritious food is both a basic human need and a human right. As society has an increasing demand for soil products, practice demands more efficient production means (Agriculture 4.0, GMO). Bio-Economy also needs to show how bio-based produced goods can substitute conventional fossil-based products in order to satisfy societies’ demands (e.g. building materials, fuels). At the same time, soil is demanded as space for living, infrastructures but also for recreation, therefore, enough soils with sufficient soil quality have to be available to satisfy the different – competing – demands.
Natural Capital: Soils are a limited resource not only by their extent but in particular if a bioeconomy is concerned with regard to their ability to provide soil services, such as provisioning of resources for bio-based products. To efficiently exploit soil’s potential, it is necessary to understand the soil system with its functions, which are basic to the services, in their interrelation and reaction to pressures such as increasing demand, fertilization, changed crops and soil management patterns. We need to understand the limits to which soils can be exploited and intensively used without endangering the stability of the soil functions and soil quality, thereby ensuring effective soil protection.
Land Management: The competing demands for soils on the one hand, and the trade-off of limited soil capacity to provide resources with the increasing demand for biological resources requires land management decision support on different levels from farm (What to produce and how?) to local and regional (Which soils to protect? What shall be produced where?) to national and European level (Which incentives to give? How to protect soils and at same time support job and satisfaction of societal needs? How to regulate bioeconomy?). On the production level questions are urgent on sustainable land management, e.g. which and how intensively to use fertilizers or GMO. Moreover, critical stakeholders and actors of the bioeconomy and their interaction need to be understood and addressed.
Net Impact: The impact of a change to bio-economy has drastic consequences, which need to be assessed with adequate data, based on suitable indicators and methods. Such assessment is to inform and alert about the local to global impacts of changes in soil-use and land management in Europe. In particular, the potential trade-offs and synergies of ecosystem protection and satisfaction of societal challenges towards a shift from petrol to bio-based economy need to be better understood, measured, monitored and addressed. At the same time, the socio-economic adaptation process, including cultural gaps, need to be better understood.
So what? Fossil resources are limited and in the long run alternatives are needed. Soils can provide bio-based resources, but their provisioning needs to be sustained as an overuse of soils must be prevented, because this could deeply impact the soil system functioning. If we do not find efficient means to utilized the potentials of soils to supply enough produce to satisfy society’s demands, severe competition of needs will need to be managed.
Links to other fields: Next to soil, also water and sediments are used in a bio-economy and research is linked to the broader system.

Activities: knowledge creation

Goals: No poverty, Zero hunger, Good health Quality, Clean water & sanitation, Decent work and economic growth, Industry innovation and infrastructure, Sustainable cities and communities, Responsible consumption, Climate action, Life on land

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