Joint Call 2021 (JC 2021)

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


ForestValue JC 2021 – Joint selection list of projects recommended for funding 

Based on the ranking list by the International Expert Panel and available national funding, the Call Steering Committee of ForestValue Joint Call 2021 decided in its meeting on 15 September 2021 to select eight (8) projects to be recommended for funding.

For each project the below list shows the project title, coordinator and other involved countries as well as a short description of the project objective. More detailed data on the selected projects can be published only after the national funding contracts have been confirmed.

The projects (project duration of 36 months) are expected to start late 2021/ early 2022.

For a call summary, please see the infographic here: ForestValue-JC2021-infographic.


Project objective: Assess4EST will use novel genomic breeding tools and introduce new features to national growth and yield simulators to assess possibilities to combine sustainability goals in forest management by studying the impacts of genetic variation in the regeneration methods: even-aged planting with advanced generation improved material vs. natural regeneration in even and uneven aged stands. The project will concentrate on assessing traits important for sustainability goals: growth, increasing resilience and adaptability of forests to rapid climate change, as well as wood quality suitable for products that store carbon and substitute more emission-intensive and non-renewable products.


Project objective: BarkBuild will tackle the societal challenge of climate change by developing new, long-lasting wood building materials with low environmental impact that will replace products having a larger carbon footprint and poor environmental soundness. The primary research objective of the BarkBuild project is to develop new barkbased wood protection and building formulations and demonstrate their technical performance, safety, and sustainability in wood impregnation, coating, and polymer composites in outdoor and indoor use.


Project objective: The aim of FORECO is to provide tools for identifying and operationalizing sustainable and multifunctional forest use and management strategies, which simultaneously consider ecological and economic risks arising from biotic and abiotic threats in the coming decades (i.e., drought, storm, bark beetles) and take into account forest recovery from disturbances. In close collaboration with local, national and EU-level stakeholders, the project will identify needs of forest practitioners, advisors and policy makers for evidence to inform adaptation strategies in face of increasing vulnerability of forests and uncertainty about the future.


Project objective: The overall objective of ForestMap is to advance the societal values of forest use by developing and evaluating a new methodology to produce forest maps across the globe. The forest maps will be produced using crowd sourced data from smartphones and remote sensing data from space- and airborne systems. Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms will be developed in order to produce tailor-made forest maps to stakeholder’s needs and corresponding their willingness to pay. The societal value of the forest maps used in existing and new business models will also be explored.


Project objective: LEARNFORCLIMATE will address the urgent need to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by promoting multifunctional management of forests in times of rapid socio-ecological change. The aim is to support learning that enables concurrent achievement of multiple forest related SDGs and EU objectives while responding to the constraining – and enabling – roles of climate change related stress and disturbances.


Project objective: SustMultBiomass aims to identify pathways of sustainable future forest management that develops the bioeconomy and multifunctional forests that will contribute to mitigating climate change, delivering non-woody forest ecosystem services (FES) and preserving biodiversity. The project will do this based on extensive analyses of synergies and trade-offs of alternative uses of forest biomass for the coming 30 and 100 years. The approach is to simulate a large number of forest management alternatives into the future and then apply multi-objective optimization (MOO) to identify the future pathways that fulfill objectives to be specified for the forest.


Project objective: WOODforHEALTH will promote safe and increased use of wood products through the development of antimicrobial surfaces, hygiene concepts and by providing the first extensive guideline for use of wood in healthcare buildings. This will be in response to demands from both the construction industry, investors and owners of healthcare buildings. The research team will explore the limits and potentials for wood products in healthcare buildings with an emphasis on surface aspects and use this exercise to develop a guideline. The aim of WOODforHEALTH is to meet these requirements with wood products whose uncoated and coated surfaces are holistically characterised for their technical, environmental, and economic performance.


Project objective: The overall objective of WoodLCC is to enable robust and precise Life-Cycle-Costing (LCC) based on input from novel models for detailed service life performance specification for wooden components and buildings. The project will take full advantage of results from novel methods for detailed service life performance specification established through extensive research over the last years on dose/response functions for exterior wood elements. The novelty of WoodLCC is to optimise the input data for LCC for wood-based building products.



The second call for joint European research projects under the ForestValue Research Programme has an indicative total public funding budget of over 11 million €. Projects are supposed to start late 2021/early 2022. The call for proposals opened on 19 January 2021 and was closed on 13 April.

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

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).

List of participating countries and funders (PDF)

NB! The following agencies 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.

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 (CLOSED)

Electronic Submission System Manual (PDF)

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

Partner search

ForestValue Partnering Support:

CLOSED since 07.04.2021

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).