ERA-net Coordination of European Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming Systems (CORE-Organic)

As part of the FACCE-JPI related activities, the ERA-net CORE-Organic (Coordination of European Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming Systems) is organizing European joint call for research proposals on four distinct topics within the field of organic food and farming. Dutch scientists can participate as part of international consortia, applications are handled by the joint call secretariat of CORE-Organic.


The Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) brings together 23 countries who are committed to building an integrated European Research Area addressing the interconnected challenges of sustainable agriculture, food security and impacts of climate change. FACCE-JPI provides and steers research to support sustainable agricultural production and economic growth, to contribute to a European bio-based economy, while maintaining and restoring ecosystem services under current and future climate change.

FACCE-JPI regularly organises calls for proposals for pan-European research projects. The current call is organised as part of the ERA-net COFUND CORE-Organic under Horizon 2020 and aimed at development of more sustainable organic food systems including farming practices, processing and innovative value chains.

Who can apply

Funding can be applied for by associate, assistant and full professors or researchers with a comparable position who hold an appointment at a Dutch university or a research institute recognised by NWO (cf. Open Programme NWO-ALW). For this specific call, this includes TO2 and HBO institutes.

What to aapply for

Applicants can apply for a grant to cover research costs such as the appointment of personnel (post-doc/senior researchers), material facilities (consumables, travel costs, etc.) and fieldwork. Each cost category should be explained separately in the application.

A single Dutch partner may request a maximum of 250.000 euro, consisting of max. 212.117 euro for personnel (post-doc) and max. 50.000 euro (max. 20% of the total budget requested) for materials (consumables, fieldwork and networking costs).

The maximum NWO funding is 250.000 euro per consortium. The maximum project duration is 3 years.

When to apply

  • The deadline for the submission of preproposals (obligatory) was March 1, 2017, 10:00 hours (Central European time).
  • The deadline for the submission of full proposals is July 3, 2017, 10:00 hours (Central European time).

Proposals can be submitted electronically via the CORE-Organic online tool.


Proposals, included in a consortium, can only be submitted to the joint call secretariat of CORE-Organic, according to the instructions in the call announcement and using the application form issued by CORE-Organic.

For Dutch applicants, the proposed research should fall within the themes 1, 3 and/or 4. Theme 2 is excluded for funding from The Netherlands.
Within theme 1, The Netherlands will not fund research related to intensive olive production.
Within theme 1, The Netherlands will not fund research related to turkeys and ducks.

Dutch participation should be in line with the knowledge and innovation agenda of the economic priority area Agri&Food.

The assessment criteria for pre-proposals and full proposals are available in the call announcement.

All call documents are available on the CORE-Organic website.


The review process is carried out under responsibility of the ERA-net COFUND CORE-Organic. Eventually the accredited board within NWO will decide which Dutch proposals are to be awarded. This decision will be based on the ranking established by the ERA-net COFUND Core-Organic.

Further information about the review process can be found in the call announcement available on the CORE-Organic website.

More information

This call is carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Affairs (EZ). NWO and EZ have set-up common rules for applicants, to make maximum use of the available funds. Please check the National Annex for The Netherlands in the call announcement for details.

Before submitting a pre-proposal, it is obligatory to contact the National Contact Point to discuss eligibility criteria and possible relevance to the economic priority area Agri&Food.


Mw. M. Blom, Bionext (in opdracht van het ministerie van EZ)



Open for application


3 July 2017 10:00

Grant type



500.000 euro (NWO), 463.000 euro (Ministry of Economic Affairs)

Science area

Exact and Natural Sciences


International collaboration (2015-2018)


BMLFUW (Austria), DLV, CRAW (Belgium), DAFA (Denmark), MEM (Estonia), MMM (Finland), MAA, INRA (France), BML (Germany) MIPAAF, MIUR (Italy), IARE (Latvia), MinEZ (Netherlands), RCN (Norway), NCBR (Poland), UEFISCDI (Romania), MKGP (Slovenia), MINECO (Spain), FORMAS (Sweden), GDAR (Turkey), FOAG (Switzerland)

NWO in transition: changes funding instruments

On 1 January 2017, NWO will adopt a new organisation structure. Current funding instruments will remain unchanged until a decision about any change is taken. NWO will announce this change at least six months in advance. 2017 will be a transition year and the new funding instruments will become effective no later than 1 January 2018.


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