The ERA-NET on Climate Services (ERA4CS) under negotiation for funding under Horizon 2020

After a favourable evaluation  by the European Commission, the ERA-NET COFUND “European Research Area for Climate Services” (ERA4CS), proposed with the support of the JPI Climate, has been invited for a Grant Agreement with the Commission up to 25M€. The ERA4CS consortium kick-off is planned for January 2016.

Within the European Research Area (ERA), the ERA4CS Consortium is aiming to boost research for Climate Services (CS), including climate adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk management, allowing regions, cities and key economic sectors to develop opportunities and strengthen Europe’s leadership. CS are seen as driven by user demands to provide knowledge to face impacts of climate variability and change, as well as guidance both to researchers and decision-makers in policy and business.

ERA4CS will focus on the development of a “climate information translation” layer bridging “user communities” and “climate science system”. It implies the development of tools, methods, standards and quality control for reliable, qualified and tailored information required by the various field actors for smart decisions.

ERA4CS will boost the JPI Climate initiative by mobilizing more deeply, within EU Member States and Associated Countries, both the research performing organizations (RPOs) and the research funding organizations (RFOs), the distinct national climate services and the various disciplines of academia, including Humanities and Social Sciences.

ERA4CS will launch a joint transnational co-funded call, with 16 countries and up to 75M€, with two complementary topics:

  1. a “cash” topic, supported by 12 RFOs, on co-development for user needs and action-oriented projects;
  2. an “in-kind” topic, supported by 28 RPOs, on institutional integration of the research components of national CS.

Complementary to the call, ERA4CS additional activities will initiate a strong partnership between JPI Climate and other key European and international initiatives (as Copernicus, KIC-Climate, other JPIs, WMO/GFCS, Future Earth, Belmont Forum…) in order to work towards a common vision and a multi-year implementation strategy, including better co-alignment of national programs and activities up to 2020 and beyond.

Partners involved in ERA4CS (status of April 21st, 2015):

  1. AGENCE NATIONALE DE LA RECHERCHE (ANR), France
  2. BUNDESMINISTERIUM FÜR WISSENSCHAFT, FORSCHUNG UND WIRTSCHAFT (BMWFW), Austria
  3. SERVICE PUBLIC FEDERAL DE PROGRAMMATION DE LA POLITIQUE SCIENTIFIQUE (BELSPO), Belgium
  4. DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FÜR LUFT- UND RAUMFAHRT (DLR), Germany
  5. INNOVATIONSFONDEN (IFD), Denmark
  6. MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y COMPETITIVIDAD (MINECO), Spain
  7. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY OF IRELAND (EPA), Ireland
  8. NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK (NWO), Netherlands
  9. Research Council of Norway (RCN), Norway
  10. FUNDACAO PARA A CIENCIA E A TECNOLOGIA (FCT), Portugal
  11. Unitatea Executiva pentru Finantarea Invatamantului Superior, a Cercetarii, Dezvoltarii si Inovarii (UEFISCDI), Romania
  12. FORSKNINGSRÅDET FÖR MILJÖ, AREELLA NÄRINGAR OCH SAMHÄLLSBYGGANDE (Formas), Sweden
  13. UNIVERSITAET GRAZ (UNIGRAZ), Austria
  14. INSTITUT ROYAL METEOROLOGIQUE DE BELGIQUE (RMI), Belgium
  15. ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FÜR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG (AWI), Germany
  16. HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM GEESTHACHT ZENTRUM FÜR MATERIAL- UND KUSTENFORSCHUNG GMBH (HZG), Germany
  17. DANMARKS METEOROLOGISKE INSTITUT (DMI), Denmark
  18. AGENCIA ESTATAL DE METEOROLOGIA (AEMET), Spain
  19. BARCELONA SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER - CENTRO NACIONAL DE SUPERCOMPUTACION (BSC), Spain
  20. AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS (CSIC), Spain
  21. UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA - Instituto de Hidráulica ambiental de Cantabria (IC-IHC), Spain
  22. UNIVERSITAT ROVIRA I VIRGILI - Center for Climate Change (URV-C3), Spain
  23. ILMATIETEEN LAITOS (FMI), Finland
  24. SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS (SYKE), Finland
  25. BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES (BRGM), France
  26. COMMISSARIAT A L’ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES (CEA), France
  27. CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS), France
  28. INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L'INFORMATIONGEOGRAPHIQUE ET FORESTIERE (IGN), France
  29. INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE (INRA), France
  30. METEO-FRANCE, France
  31. NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH "DEMOKRITOS” (NCSRD), Greece
  32. Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government - Met Eireann (Met Eireann), Ireland
  33. CENTRO EURO-MEDITERRANEO SUI CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI (CMCC), Italy
  34. CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE- Dipartimento Terra e Ambiente (CNR-DTA), Italy
  35. KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS METEOROLOGISCH INSTITUUT (KNMI), Netherlands
  36. METEOROLOGISK INSTITUTT (MET Norway), Norway
  37. ADMINISTRATIA NATIONALA DE METEOROLOGIE (Meteo-Ro), Romania
  38. SVERIGES METEOROLOGISKA OCH HYDROLOGISKA INSTITUT (SMHI), Sweden
  39. University of Reading (UREAD), United Kingdom
  40. MET OFFICE, United Kingdom
  41. NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC), United Kingdom
JPI Climate Central Secretariat, Friday 31 July 2015