Submission to the EC consultation on EU research and innovation missions (FP9), based on the Mazzucato reportwelcoming the mission concept and offering to help further develop and implement it as it highlights similar principles we proposed in the EPSO position on FP9(19.9.2017). EPSO suggest three mission ideas: 1) 1001 Crops – diverse crops for diverse diets and human health and sustainable production, 2) Planty Food – Sustainable agriculture for sustainable food, and 3) Green Bio-Factories – New bioactives for pharma, cosmetics, food and fine chemicals. Completed online questionnaire. Online questionnaire.

Use the new partnering tool at suscrop.eu/call1 to help find suitable partners. It can be used to Post a Partner Offer/Request and / or to Search List of Partner Offers/Requests posted by others . See SusCrop-ERA-NET: Announcement first transnational Call in the field of sustainable crop production, 17.1.2018 Deadline pre-proposals 4.4.2018, full proposals 31.8.2018

Submission to EC consultation “EU funds in the area of investment, research and innovation, SMEs and single market”highlighting Research and Innovation across the EU as top priority for the EU funds post 2020 to bring European scientists and societies closer together to help build an inclusive, collaborative Europe and world and help achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)Completed online questionnaire.

Launch of the Horizon 2020 project, CHIC (Chicory Innovation Consortium), studying chicory as a multipurpose crop for dietary fibre and medicinal terpenes. Press release.

LIFE Multiannual Work Programme 2018-2020: In 2018 proposals to the LIFE’s sub-programme for environment will, for the first time, follow a two-phase submission procedure of pre- and full proposals. Call publication mid-April 2018.