Joint Call 2017 (JC 2017)

The Call is closed. For projects selected for funding, please see below.

Aim of the call

The first trans-national call for proposals for research, development and innovation in the forest-based sector within the framework of ForestValue ERA-NET Cofund with a financial commitment from the participating national (or regional) research programmes and the European Union. The overarching aim of the call is to support projects that will address the development and/or proof of concepts on novel strategies, methods, processes or products designed to support the forestry and forest-based industries including their respective partners, resellers, consumers and end-users in remaining competitive and efficient providers of sustainable bio-products and services.

Funding is granted for a maximum of three years according to national regulations.


The call was launched ion 17 Oct 2017 and in a 2-step submission process 102 eligible pre-proposals (submission deadline 23 Jan 2018) were peer reviewed and ranked by a panel of international experts. Based on the ranking and the available national/regional funding 50 research consortia were invited to submit a full proposal. After peer review and ranking of the full proposals again by a panel of international experts the Call Steering Committee selected 17 research consortia for funding, within the limits of available national/regional funding including EU co-funding.

ForestValue JC 2017 – Projects selected for funding

17 European research projects were selected for funding. The projects have started/ are starting their work during the spring 2019.

Project objective: The objective of AVATAR is to complement operator training programmes, such as the Rational Efficient Cost Optimization (RECO), through the development of quantitative support tools. These tools will analyse harvester and forwarder operator’s pre- and post-training work through machine control systems and sensor technology, and compile directed feedback to guide the operator towards more balanced working methods and techniques.

CLICK DESIGN – Delivering fingertip knowledge to enable service life performance specification of wood

Coordinator: Ed Suttie, Building Research Establishment (BRE), United Kingdom
ed.suttie (at)
* Note: UK national funding agreed, contract expected to be signed by end of March at the latest.

Other partners:

Project objective: CLICK DESIGN will develop a performance based specification protocol to enable provision of a software tool for architects and specifiers to embed service life performance specification for wood.

DynaTTB – Dynamic Response of Tall Timber Buildings under Service Load

Coordinator: Marie Johansson, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sweden
marie.johansson (at)

Other partners:

Project objective: The overall objective is to identify experimentally a number of full-scale Tall Timber Building (TTB) structures within Europe and, based on these results, develop representative Finite Element (FE) models for predicting the vibration response of TTBs exposed to wind-induced dynamic loading.

FIRENWOOD – Improved fire design of engineered wood systems in buildings

Coordinator: Karolina Storesund, RISE Fire Research, Norway
karolina.storesund (at)

Other partners:

Project objective: The main project goal is to ensure a fire safe use of innovative, engineered wood systems in taller and larger buildings, by providing (i) improved fire design models, validated by small- and full-scale fire tests, and (ii) classification and test methods for adhesives with regard to elevated temperatures and fire. The main focus will be the effect of structural joints and adhesives in cross-laminated timber (CLT), glue-laminated timber (GLT) and wood-based I-joists.

FunEnzFibres – From fundamentals to valorization: Enzymatic oxidation of cellulosic fibres and underlyig mechanisms

Coordinator: Kristiina Kruus, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Finland
kristiina.kruus (at)

Other partners:

Project objective: This project will explore the potential of lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) in oxidative modification of cellulosic fibres. The research aims at developing sustainable refining and dissolving processes.

GreenLane – Fast-tracking value and resilience for industrial wood supply

Coordinator: Dag Fjeld, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), Norway
dag.fjeld (at)

Other partners:

Project objective: The overall goal of the project is to develop a virtual supply chain laboratory environment enabling value-tracking and interactive testing of harvesting and transport responses to challenging climate scenarios. The focus is on implementing weather-driven models for wood quality and availability.

hardwood_joint – Innovative joints in hardwoods

Coordinator: Carmen Sandhaas, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology/ Timber Structures and Building Construction (KIT), Germany
carmen.sandhaas (at)

Other partners:

Project objective: The overall project objective is to foster high-performance hardwood structures in the European building sector by developing economic, reliable and innovative joint technologies for hardwood members and the design thereof. The objective is to pave the way for using more hardwood products in the building industry by giving added value to hardwood species which are currently mainly used as fuelwood

I-MAESTRO – Innovative forest MAnagEment STRategies for a resilient bioecOnomy under climate change and disturbances

Coordinator: Patrick Vallet, National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (IRSTEA), France
patrick.vallet (at)
* Note: French national funding agreed, at final stage of the contracting process.

Other partners:

Project objective: The main aim of I-MAESTRO is to improve the scientific basis for developing management strategies that increase resilience of the bioeconomy to future natural disturbances and climate change, while also maintaining a high level of wood production, carbon storage, and habitat quality for biodiversity.

InFutUReWood – Innovative Design For the Future – Use and Reuse of Wood (Building) Components

Coordinator: Karin Sandberg, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sweden
karin.sandberg (at)

Other partners:

Project objective: The project focuses on the reuse of current reclaimed wood in the circular economy as structural material but also on creating a “design for deconstruction” for future building.  The main objective is to develop a method for ensuring future possibility of circulation of timber products with true consideration of whole life-cycle, and practical industry issues at design, construction and deconstruction phases.

InnoCrossLam – Innovative Solutions for Cross Laminated Timber Structures

Coordinator: Tomaz Pazlar, Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute (ZAG), Slovenia
tomaz.pazlar (at)

Other partners:

Project objective: InnoCrossLam aims at increasing even further the competitiveness of cross laminated timber (CLT) as a versatile engineered product, by increasing its predictability in demanding design situations not covered by the guidelines of today, or codes and standards foreseeable in a near future. In addition, the project will further develop a previously suggested (proof-of-concept) multi-functional use of CLT in terms of its thermal activation.

MultiForest – Management for multifunctionality in European forests in the era of bioeconomy

Coordinator: Mikko Mönkkönen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
mikko.monkkonen (at)

Other partners:

Project objective: This project aims to provide novel insights to
forest policy, forest management and land-use planning by quantitatively analysing impacts of policies, management practices and developing large scale forest programs that can simultaneously maintain or increase timber production and ensure the sustainability and resilience of multifunctionality in forests.

MULTIFOREVER – Towards intensification of conifer production through multi-varietal forestry based on somatic embryogenesis

Coordinator: Jean-François Trontin, FCBA – The French Institute of Technology for Forest-based and Furniture Sectors, France
jean-francois.trontin (at)

Co-Coordinator: Andrea Rupps, HUB, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
andrea.rupps (at)

Other partners:

Project objective: The project’s ambition is to apply novel approaches to clone a genotype, not only from juvenile, but also from mature tissues, and to develop a value added chain and joint strategy to bring high-quality somatic trees at acceptable costs towards multi-varietal forestry (MVF) of economically relevant conifers (pine, spruce, larch, Douglas-fir).

NOBEL – Novel business models and mechanisms for the sustainable supply of and payment for forest ecosystem services

Coordinator: Harald Vacik, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria
harald.vacik (at)

Other partners:

Project objective: The objectives of the project are (i) to develop business models and mechanisms to internalise the socio-economic value of forest ecosystems, (ii) combine public policy tools with business models for implementing payments for forest ecosystem services (FES) at multiple levels, and (iii) demonstrate and compare alternative approaches for payments in case studies in Europe.

READiStrength – Resource-Efficient And Data-driven integrated log and board Strength grading

Coordinator: Olle Hagman, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
olle.hagman (at)

Other partners:

Project objective: Making use of the latest technological developments in round timber scanning, the project READiStrength aims to improve the current concept of sawn timber strength grading towards earlier, more flexible and adaptive approaches prior to conversion at the raw material stage to make the best use of Europe’s wood resources.

SMALLWOOD – Small diameter wood utilization with innovative stand management for multifunctional forests and a growing sustainable bio-economy

Coordinator: Tomas Nordfjell, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)/ Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology, Sweden
tomas.nordfjell (at)

Other partners:

Project objective: The overall objective is is to develop and evaluate new technologies and business and operational models that can support a sustainable management and utilization of different types of small diameter wood, and further boost new SMEs and work opportunities in particular in rural areas.

StrongComposite – A novel material concept for high strength cellulose composites

Coordinator: Ingo Burgert, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
iburgert (at)

Other partners:

Project objective: This project will explore invention originating from a material concept, which unifies delignification and densification of wood while retaining the beneficial fibre directionality, thus enabling a “green” high performance product. One of the technological objectives is to develop and upscale such industrial processes that enable large enough prototype geometries for the addressed fields of application.

ValoFor – Small Forests – Big Players: Valorising small scale forestry for a bio-based economy

Coordinator: Silvio Schueler, Austrian Research Centre for Forests (BFW), Austria
silvio.schueler (at)

Other partners:

Project objective: The objective of ValoFor is to understand the contribution of small forest owners in the transition to a wood based bioeconomy by considering the perception and management strategies of small forest owners. This includes analysing and comparing forest management strategies with respect to potential timber supply, ecosystem services and forest resilience in climate change.

Links and downloads

ForestValue Call Text (PDF; version 171103 as of 3 Nov 2017; NB! MINECO (ES) funding commitment corrected). 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.

ForestValue Call Flyer (version 171103), PDF for printing.

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 this call should be addressed to the call office by the email address .

The email address will reach the following persons as indicated in the Call Text:

  • Carina Lemke, Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR)
  • Martin Greimel, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW)
  • 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 Rules. Additional information on national funding rules can be obtained from the contact persons at the participating funding organisations (see Call Text/Annex III: National Contacts).