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Validation of diagnostic tools for animal and plant health

Posted on 12/08/2016

European funding opportunity is now open for proposals

A new EU funding call aims to harmonise and validate existing and new protocols for the detection and quantification of pathogens and other factors

A new EU agriculture sensing related funding opportunity is now open for proposals: Validation of diagnostic tools for animal and plant health.

The validation of diagnostic tools for animal and plant health is a Horizon 2020 call for projects aiming to harmonise and validate (including through ring trials) existing and new protocols for the detection and quantification of pathogens and other factors of concern for the health of plants and terrestrial animals, and correlates of infection/immunity. Work will build on existing knowledge and resources, and support the further development of promising existing protocols to deliver close-to-market end-products, including swift, portable tools for field testing. Cooperation among stakeholders is encouraged to ensure the use of generic technologies for a broader spectrum of organisms. There should be liaison with EU and international reference and standardisation bodies. Projects should take due account of dissemination to relevant stakeholders to facilitate the uptake of results.

Projects for this competition will be funded at 70% of eligible projects costs, except for non-profit legal entities, where a rate of 100% applies.

The call close on 14th February 2017 (17:00 Brussels time). Projects must be made up of at least 3 organisations from different eligible countries.

This is an Innovation Action, defined as: Action primarily consisting of activities directly aiming at producing plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes or services.

For this purpose they may include prototyping, testing, demonstrating, piloting, large-scale product validation and market replication. A ‘demonstration or pilot’ aims to validate the technical and economic viability of a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution in an operational (or near to operational) environment, whether industrial or otherwise, involving where appropriate a larger scale prototype or demonstrator.

A ‘market replication’ aims to support the first application/deployment in the market of an innovation that has already been demonstrated but not yet applied/deployed in the market due to market failures/barriers to uptake. ‘Market replication’ does not cover multiple applications in the market of an innovation that has already been applied successfully once in the market. ‘First’ means new at least to Europe or new at least to the application sector in question. Often such projects involve a validation of technical and economic performance at system level in real life operating conditions provided by the market.

Projects may include limited research and development activities. Innovation Actions are funded at a rate of 70% of eligible projects costs, except for non-profit legal entities, where a rate of 100% applies.

For more information see call details SFS-13-2017: Validation of diagnostic tools for animal and plant health