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The Nordic Public Private Partnership on Pre-breeding (PPP) is opening a call for proposals to fund plant pre-breeding projects, that through utilization of diverse plant genetic resources focus on traits important for future sustainable production of climate resilient crops in the Nordic region. Funding for projects depends on approval by the Nordic Council of Ministers for Fisheries, Aquaculture, Agriculture, Food and Forestry (MR-FJLS).
PPP was established by the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2011. The purpose of the Partnership is to promote the development of Nordic plant breeding by supporting long term breeding goals for Nordic agriculture and horticulture in a changing climate through collaborative pre-breeding projects.
The activities of the Partnership support Nordic policies in the areas of green growth and bioeconomy, sustainable intensification of food production, sustainable rural development and maintain competitiveness of the plant breeding sector, Nordic agriculture and food production. The Partnership should also seek to include NordGen and plant genetic material from NordGen in projects and development activities.
For more information about PPP see the NordGen homepage.
Plant production in the Nordic countries is impacted by worldwide climate changes and environmental factors. To prepare our crop plants for these challenges, it is crucial to continually enrich their genetic basis. To accomplish this goal, pre-breeding efforts that bridge the gap between non-adapted plant genetic resources and extensively bred crop plants must be emphasized. The objective with this call is to facilitate utilization of diverse genetic resources to develop sustainable production of crops with resilience to environmental and biological stresses that are relevant for the Nordic region in the future.
The call is open for project proposals made in collaboration between:
The funding opportunities provide support for pre-breeding projects. Projects may focus on one or more main crops that are important in the Nordic region today, or on new or upcoming crops, e.g. protein crops for food or feed. Pre-breeding is defined as pre-competitive cultivar development, including technology development to improve or speed up the breeding process.
Projects could address one or more of the following topics, but other relevant topics are welcome/but are not limited to these:
Approximately 24 mill SEK is available under this call for the funding period starting March 2024 and ending December 2026. The funding is expected to provide a frame of maximum 16 mill SEK in total per project, including 8 mill SEK of public funding/year and minimum of 8 mill SEK/year of corresponding funding from project partners. This could be in cash or in-kind contribution.
The project description should be limited to maximum 25.000 characters and 4 illustrations (e.g. figures, tables, etc.) and contain:
It is important that the application explains how the project and the project outcome can add value to the participating Nordic plant breeding entities, Nordic agriculture and food production as well as to the Nordic societies.
Public participants (universities and institutes)
Private participants (companies)
Assessment and assessment criteria
Proposals will be evaluated by three independent scientific experts and prioritized by the PPP Steering Committee. Applicant notification is expected to be communicated by end January 2024. Funding decisions will be communicated to the project leader by e-mail. The Steering Committee does not provide feedback to non-successful applications.
The assessment will focus on the quality, potential impact, structure and feasibility of the project. In addition, the ability and commitment of the project consortium will be assessed. Additional areas that will be prioritized in the final assessment are:
Submission of application is done through efond (WWW.efond.dk/ppp).
Submission is open from 14. August to 15 September 2023. For question please by e-mail the PPP Secretariat at NordGen to e-mail: PPP-Secretariat@nordgen.org
Application documents to download: