Joint Call 2021 (JC 2021)

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



For facts and figures of the ForestValue Joint Call 2021, please see the infographic here.


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).