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SFS-16-2017:Bee health and sustainable pollination

Specific Challenge: Bees (including managed and wild bees, social and solitary bees) are subject to numerous pressures in the modern world: exposure to cocktails of agrochemicals, various pathogens, lack of abundance and diversity of feed, flowers, etc., and possibly even climate change. Stressors do not necessarily act in isolation, but often in combination, and may differ between warm and cold geographical areas. Regulations and beekeeping or agricultural practices do not currently address such interactions. Even studying the interactions poses a major challenge, due to the difficulty of testing and control in natural conditions. There are gaps in our understanding of the underlying mechanisms and how to interpret them in order to discern trends and understand the natural biology of colony health how it interacts with the stress factors. Previous and on-going EU projects have sought to shed some light in particular areas. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA[1]) and the EU reference laboratory (EURL[2]) for bee health are addressing more focused aspects of a holistic risk assessment of multiple stressors in honeybees in the MUST-B project. Nevertheless, there have been no significant breakthroughs in our ability to understand and therefore mitigate the stressors of bee health (at least not without possible detriment to other sectors), and to ensure sustainable beekeeping and/or the provision of adequate pollination services in the EU.  

  • Deadline: 14.02.2017
  • Call Date: 04.10.2016

Website: Link

Scope:

The research will focus on bee health and sustainable pollination, taking a transdisciplinary approach and building on and synthesising knowledge from previous EU projects, national research and existing networks, and EFSA and EURL initiatives. The projects should address the most critical obstacles to sustainable beekeeping and the provision of bee pollination services, taking account of socio-economic factors and human behaviour, in various regional EU scenarios, and propose measures to mitigate the most critical gaps/stressors/threats. It should be based on a comprehensive mapping of our current understanding, in particular including recent research. The research activities should provide as far as possible model systems for sustainable apiculture in several representative EU settings of environment and beekeeping and a better understanding of the contribution of bees to sustainable pollination for major dependent crops in the EU (with or without managed honeybees). Projects should fall under the concept of the 'multi-actor approach'[3]. The projects should ensure appropriate dissemination to the breeding and professional sectors and other relevant stakeholders to facilitate uptake of results.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of up to EUR 4.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude the submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

Review of the most critical gaps/stressors/threats in achieving bee health, sustainable pollination and sustainable beekeeping in different European. Contribution to the development of mitigation measures for the most critical gaps/stressors/threats. Provision of model systems for sustainable apiculture.

[1]http://www.efsa.europa.eu/

[2]https://eurl-milk.anses.fr/en/minisite/abeilles/eurl-honeybee-health

[3]See definition of the 'multi-actor approach' in the introduction to this Work Programme part.

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.
 

List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects (follow the links to China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan).

Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme
Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

Evaluation

3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme [, with the following exceptions]:

3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

Information on the outcome of two-stage evaluation:
      For stage 1: maximum 3 months from the deadline for submission.
      For stage 2: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

Research and Innovation Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Standard proposal template
Standard evaluation form
H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
Annotated Grant Agreement

Additional provisions:

Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

Additional documents
 

The deadline for the second stage is 13 September 2017.

 

Program: Horizon 2020 | Scientific field: Agricultural Sciences | Related Topics: Research and innovation community | Geographical focus: Black Sea Region, EU Member States, Countries associated to Horizon 2020

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