Plant science is a vast domain and offers a very large research spectrum which is very unlikely to be covered by a single initiative
Also, thanks to the huge variety of technologies and scientific approaches, some issues can be studied under various angles. Therefore, ERA-CAPS recognises that a diversity of research and funding approaches must be considered. However, there is much value to be gained by harmonising procedures and practice within the European plant science community where possible. Links between ERA-CAPS and the European initiatives will be enhanced by the cross-representation of administrators and scientists who are active on the Boards and Steering Committees of these initiatives as well as in the formation of ERA-CAPS.
ERA-CAPS plans to cooperate closely with other relevant organisations. In particular, value will be added by developing stronger interactions with the following European initiatives:
The Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change comprises 20 countries with the aim of targeting joint research to secure a safe and sustainable food supply, whilst reducing the impact of agriculture on climate change. The intentions of ERA-CAPS fit very well under the broader vision of the FACCE-JPI and therefore it is anticipated that ERA-CAPS will help to implement some of their objectives.
With reciprocal Observer status and formal attendance at each other’s meetings, this interaction will provide unprecedented links between the funding agencies to scientists from more than 223 Research Institutes and universities in 30 countries.
A stakeholder forum for the plant sector with members from industry, farmer organisations, and academia amongst others. Creating links with this initiative should strengthen the pipeline from fundamental research to practical application and take-up.
PLANT-KBBE aims to foster joint European research and development activities directed towards application-oriented objectives. Now launching their fifth joint call, PLANT-KBBE has invested significant funds in public-private-partnerships (PPPs) and built multilateral alliances in this area. This initiative is very complementary to ERA-CAPS in fostering the translation of fundamental research results into products, services and processes.
This initiative has the ambition to address synergies and gaps between the activities of the ERA-NETs in the Knowledge Based BioEconomy (KBBE) and to develop a common vision towards a strategic framework for transnational coordination initiatives.