Joint Call 2021 (JC 2021)

Call opens: 19 January 2021
Call closes: 13 April 2021 (13:00 CEST)


The ForestValue Research Programme announces the second call for joint European research projects with an indicative total public funding budget of over 11 million €. Projects are supposed to start late 2021/early 2022. The call for proposals has opened on 19 January 2021.

The overarching aim of this joint transnational call is to support projects that will produce knowledge to promote the best possible use of forests and forest resources for the benefit of society on its way to a climate-neutral circular economy and sustainable society.

The participating funders (15 funders from 10 countries) have decided that the call will address the whole forest-based value chain in the following three areas:

1. Sustainable and multifunctional use and management of forests, to maximize their contribution to all SDGs
2. Building with wood from various perspectives
3. Analysis of benefits, synergies and trade-offs in the use of forest biomass

Applicants are expected to use interdisciplinary research approaches and holistic perspectives encompassing all aspects of a subject.

List of participating countries and funders (PDF)

NB! The following agencies have joined the call as additional funding partners (see Chapter 5.2 e. in the Call Text):

  • Estonian Ministry of the Environment, for contact and other information, please see the National Annex (PDF)
  • Estonian Research Council, for contact and other information, please see the National Annex (PDF)

This Joint Call is a self-sustained call i.e. the funding to the call will come from the participating funders only without a co-funding element from the European Commission.

Please read carefully all provisions in the Call Text before the preparation of your application.

Who can apply?

The initiative intends to facilitate transnational collaboration between a variety of stakeholders (e.g. industry, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), stakeholder associations, research organisations, governmental organisations, NGOs).

Please note that individual national funding organisations may be limited in the kind of project and the kind of organisation they could support. These restrictions, as well as other important national regulations, can be found in Annex IV “Specific National Rules” at the end of the Call Text.

A proposal will be rejected if one or more participants are ineligible.

Proposal submission

Proposals must be submitted online via the Electronic Submission System (ESS; link) and before the call deadline.

Note: only Coordinators of consortia which intend to submit a proposal to the ForestValue Joint Call shall sign up and complete the proposal in the Electronic Submission System. Project partners shall not sign up in the ESS as the Coordinator enters their information as well.

Links and downloads

ForestValue Call Text (PDF; version as of 2 March 2021; Corrections to the original version of 14 Jan 2021: a few website links updated in the National Annex for Germany (FNR)). The Call Text includes all details among other things of the scope, rules for participation, eligibility, application & assessment, and funding with annexes of evaluation criteria, summary of funding options per participating funding organization, national contacts, and specific national rules.

Electronic proposal submission via the Electronic Submission System (ESS; link)
After the Coordinator has signed up for the ESS, s/he will then get an access to all required proposal forms. Below copies of separate application documents available in the ESS, too:

Template for project description (Word)
Template for contact and financial details (Excel) Note: please use Excel 2010 or a newer version to work on the file.
Template for Letter of Commitment (Word)

Electronic Submission System Manual (PDF)

ForestValue Joint Call 2021 Pre-Announcement 2 (PDF; version of 17 Dec 2020)

Partner search

ForestValue Partnering Support:

In case you are interested in contributing your work to the aims of the ForestValue call in 2021 and

  1. would like to join a consortium for this call but do not know how to find one
  2. or in case you have a brilliant project idea but are missing a specific partner for an important job

then please include your ideas, offers and needs into the current ForestValue 2021 partnering initiative online under this link [NOTE: since 07.04.2021 the link is no more active].

On a weekly basis (Mondays) we will publish the results of the survey on this website (see below) and a large community of professionals with the same interest in this call can view your request.

Partnering survey results (PDF; last update of 7 April 2021; NOTE: this is the final update, no new versions will be published)

Other sources to find partners:

FTP database of ​the European Forest-based Sector Technology Platform (link)
The Database includes data e.g. on forest-based sector-related research and innovation projects and research consortia, and is embodied with a powerful search engine and multiple filters.

ForestValue Call Office

The administration of the call is led by the ForestValue Call Office on behalf of all the funding partners. General enquiries about the call should be addressed to the call office by the email address .

The email address will reach the following persons:

  • Carina Lemke, Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR)
  • Mika Kallio, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MMM)


For questions regarding national funding rules and national forms, please consult the Call Text/Annex IV: Specific National RulesAdditional information on national funding rules can be obtained from the contact persons at the participating funding organisations (see Call Text/Annex III: National Contacts).