ERA-net Sustainable and resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems (SURPLUS)

As part of the FACCE-JPI related activities, the ERA-net SURPLUS (Sustainable and resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems) is organizing European joint call for research proposalson small-scale biorefineries. Dutch scientists can participate as part of international consortia. Applications are handled by the joint call secretariat of SURPLUS.


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. It aims 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 SURPLUS under Horizon 2020 and aims at sustainable intensification of food and non-food biomass production and decentralised transformation systems, in particular small scale multi-input, multi-product biorefinery concepts.

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 apply for

Applicants can apply for a grant to cover research costs such as the appointment of personnel (post-doc/senior researcher), 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/senior researcher) and max. 50.000 euro (max. 20% of the total budget requested) for materials (consumables, fieldwork and networking costs).

The maximum number of Dutch participants (applicable for funding) per consortium is one, leading to a maximum funding of 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 7, 2017, 14:00 hours (Central European time).
  • The deadline for the submission of full proposals was July 17, 2017, 14:00 hours (Central European time).

Proposals could be submitted electronically via the FACCE-JPI Submission Tool.



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

Dutch participation should be in line with the knowledge and innovation agendas of the economic priority areas Agri&Food and Horticulture & Propagation Materials.

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

All call documents are available on the SURPLUS website.


The review process is carried out under responsibility of the ERA-net SURPLUS. 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 SURPLUS.

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

more information

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 areas Agri&Food and Horticulture & Propagation Materials.

Contacts partners

Dhr. Jan van Esch, Ministerie van Economische Zaken, e-mail:



Closed for application


17 July 2017 14:00

Grant type



250.000 euro

Science area

Exact and Natural Sciences


International collaboration (2015-2018)


VLAIO, FWO, FNRS (Belgium), RPF (Cyprus), IF (Denmark), EVPM (Estonia), MMM (Finland) INRA & ANR (France), BMBF, BLE (Germany), MIPAAF, MIUR (Italy), RCN (Norway), NCBR (Poland), UEFISCDI (Romania), INIA (Spain), DEFRA (UK)

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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