The road to sustainability
Two of the main ERA-CAPS activities for the near future will be handling the applications received in the coming weeks for the first joint call, and a second Strategic Workshop for the partner organisations. The purpose of the second Strategic Workshop is to consider a plan for the long term sustainability of the network after the European Commission funding for coordination of the network stops at the end of 2014. There are a number of ERA-Nets that have become self-sustaining, and so we will be inviting representatives from these ERA-Nets to come along so we can learn from their experiences and help us to ensure that transnational, collaborative molecular plant science research can continue long into the future. The workshop is being organised by INRA and will be held in April 2013 in Paris.