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ForestValue is releasing a newsletter twice per year, where recent news about ongoing activities, events, calls etc. within the ForestValue consortium and the forest-based  bioeconomy sector are published.

PDF copies of the published newsletters are available under Links & Downloads.

2020-09-23: ForestValue Joint Call 2 pre-announcement

The ForestValue Research Programme announces the upcoming call for joint European research projects with an indicative total public funding budget of over 7 million €. The call for proposals is expected to open in January 2021 and the selected projects are supposed to start late 2021/early 2022.

As mentioned in the pre-announcement, the call will support basic and applied research and is focussed on solutions how forests and forest-based activities could best contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. This joint transnational call will address the whole forest-based value chain and will produce knowledge to support the best possible use of forests and forest resources as well as to provide multiple benefits for society and the economy. The precise topics are to be defined by the participating funders; however, the topics will be broad and crosscutting and the call will aim to encourage and make best use of cross-sectoral, coherent and integrated perspective (nexus approach).

The administration of the call is being led by the ForestValue Joint Call 2 Call Office on behalf of all the funding partners. General enquiries about this call should be addressed to the Call Office: .

Please note that the information in the pre-announcement is provisional and subject to change in the official call announcement being published with the call opening.

Please see the full call pre-announcement here.

Stay tuned for the latest news by following the call website: https://forestvalue.org/joint-call-2021/.

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SAVE THE DATE: 17 November 2020 – ForestValue Research Programme Annual Seminar 2020

Please note that instead of having a face-to-face seminar in Berlin we have decided to have an online seminar because of the challenges posed by the unprecedented global crisis.

This will be a public seminar and is expected to bring together participants from all around Europe to learn about the first year outcomes of the 17 projects selected for funding under the 1st Joint Call of the ForestValue Research Programme and to exchange information and ideas among people with a common interest: innovating the European forest-based bioeconomy.

Please note that due to COVID-19 situation, there may still be changes in the seminar arrangements. Please follow this website and the news on Twitter and LinkedIn. We would like to apologize for any inconvenience and hope for your understanding during this extraordinary situation.

For further information, please see the seminar website.

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2020-08-13: Somatic seedlings at field as the first cross-European perspective for conifer multi-varietal forestry – MULTIFOREVER stakeholder-oriented article no 2

Is it possible to select an optimal clonal mix and cultivation strategy according to socio-economic and environmental demands? Check the latest MULTIFOREVER stakeholder-oriented article (PDF).

‘MULTIFOREVER: Towards intensification of conifer production through multi-varietal forestry based on somatic embryogenesis’ is a ForestValue transnational project focused on developing conifer somatic embryogenesis towards this multi-varietal forestry strategy. The overall aim is to develop a value-added chain and joint strategy to bring high-quality somatic trees at acceptable costs into planted forests.

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2020-07-06: ForestValue Newsletter June 2020 Issue published

As well as news about current actions of the research projects of ForestValue Joint Call 2017, the 5th issue features articles about FOREST EUROPE and forest related projects financed by EU within H2020 SC2. (PDF)

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2020-06-01: Boosting enzymatic fibre processing: efficient production of celluloseoxidizing enzymes in Trichoderma reesei – FunEnzFibres stakeholder-oriented article no 1

FunEnzFibres is a ForestValue transnational project aiming at unraveling the potential of lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) in modification of wood cellulosic fibres for material solutions, in particular textile fibres and nanocelluloses. The project is carried out by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU, Austria) in collaboration with a network of industrial partners. The first stakeholder-oriented article deals with ‘Boosting enzymatic fibre processing: efficient production of celluloseoxidizing enzymes in Trichoderma reesei’ (PDF). 

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2020-05-21: Multi-varietal plantation forestry of conifers as chance for the future? MULTIFOREVER stakeholder-oriented article no 1

MULTIFOREVER is a ForestValue transnational project focused on developing conifer somatic embryogenesis towards this multi-varietal forestry strategy. The overall aim is to develop a value-added chain and joint strategy to bring high-quality somatic trees at acceptable costs into planted forests. Combining our long-standing expertise in different commercially relevant conifer species, we will be able to exchange experience, achievements (including field trials) and materials as well as to tackle still unresolved issues to refine the somatic embryogenesis process. We are looking for scientific and practical-oriented collaborations for implementing conifer multi-varietal forestry based on somatic embryogenesis, for further information, please see the article (PDF).

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2020-05-15: Dynamic Response of Tall Timber Buildings under Service Load (DynaTTB) – first results

DynaTTB is a ForestValue transnational project with an 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. During December 2019 and January 2020 full-scale measurements were performed on the first two buildings, CSTB performed measurements on the building Treed-It in Paris and University of Exeter performed measurements on the building Yoker in Glasgow. For more information, please see the article (PDF).

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2020-05-06: ForestValue planning a new Joint Call for RDI Proposals

ForestValue has decided to start planning a new transnational call for proposals for research, development and innovation in the forest-based sector. This 2nd joint call would be a self-sustained call i.e. the funding to the call would come from the participating funders only without any co-funding from the European Commission.

All call details are still open, however, assuming all progresses as planned, the intention is to have the call launched in January 2021.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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2020-04-27: One year of the project InFutUReWood is behind – read about the progress in the first two stakeholder articles

InFutUReWood is a ForestValue project focusing 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 project has now published two stakeholder-oriented articles, the first one (PDF) is to explain the project’s overall aim and the second one (PDF) describes what is being done in the Work Package 5: properties of the recovered wood and grading of secondary timber for structural use.

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2020-04-27: READiStrength publication – “Big Data” in der Festigkeitssortierung

“Big Data” in der Festigkeitssortierung by Andreas Weidenhiller, Franka Brüchert, Andreas Neumüller, Udo Hans Sauter, published in Holz-Zentralblatt 30 (2019): p. 852; read the article in German here. For an English summary, please check ResearchGate here. Making use of the latest technological developments in round timber scanning, the ForestValue 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, including the most important European softwood species spruce, pine, fir and Douglas fir.

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2020-04-14: One year of the project InnoCrossLam is behind – read about the progress in the 1st stakeholder article

InnoCrossLam is a ForestValue project aimed at increasing the competitiveness of cross laminated timber (CLT) as a versatile engineered product. Learn about their first year achievements in the stakeholder article.

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2019-10-08: ForestValue outreach seminar for international collaboration – “Innovative Forest-Based Bioeconomy for the Future” in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The international workshop “Innovative Forest-Based Bioeconomy for the Future” provided a platform for all initiatives engaged in forest-based Bioeconomy in Europe and South/Central America. Ca. 70 participants from academia, industry and governmental organisations learned about current research (funding) activities in several Latin American countries and discussed opportunities for transatlantic cooperation and joint funding in the field of forest-based Bioeconomy.

The presentations and a summary from the seminar are accessible on the seminar website.

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2019-05-23: ForestValue Research Programme Kick-Off Seminar 23 – 24 May 2019, Helsinki

The ForestValue Research Programme Kick-Off Seminar was held at the National Museum of Finland in Helsinki on 23rd and 24th of May 2019. The seminar brought together around 70 participants from all around Europe to learn about the 17 projects selected for funding under the 1st Joint Call of the ForestValue Research Programme and to exchange information and ideas among people with a common interest: innovating the forest-based bioeconomy.

The presentations and the videos of the individual 5-minute pitch talks presenting the projects (published via the ForestValue YouTube channel) are accessible on the seminar website.

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2018-12-27: ForestValue Call 2017 – Joint selection list of projects recommended for funding now published

The joint selection list of the 17 European research projects  recommended for funding is now published here. The projects – funded by ForestValue funding bodies, with co-funding from the European Commission – will get started early 2019.

The published information includes the project title, coordinator and other involved countries as well as a short description of the project objective. Since the national funding decisions are pending and will be confirmed in the spring 2019, only then more detailed data on the selected projects will be available.

2018-11-08: ForestValue Call 2017 – 17 proposals recommended for funding

The ForestValue Call Steering Committee was able to confirm possible funding for the remaining two more projects on a reserve list. Thus, the final  joint selection list of projects recommended for funding includes 17 projects, with a total public funding request of around EUR 21.55 million. 

More detailed information on the call statistics will be available soon.

2018-11-07: ForestValue Call 2017 – Full proposal evaluation completed

The evaluation of full proposals under the ForestValue Call for Proposals 2017 is now finished, and on the 25th of October 2018 the ForestValue Call Office has sent out the reply letters to the 49 full proposals submitted by the deadline.

In this call a competitive two-stage submission process was used, and in both phases for each proposal there was first run a check for eligibility and suitability for national funding followed by a central scientific evaluation by a joint and independent international peer review. Each proposal was evaluated by three independent experts.

In Step 2, the full proposals were evaluated based on the evaluation criteria stated in Annex I to the Call Text. First, a remote expert evaluation for all full proposals that passed the eligibility check was run. Finally, the experts had a face-to-face meeting on 1-2 October 2018 to discuss each proposal and to determine on one final ranking list of proposals.

Based on the ranking list, the ForestValue Call Steering Committee decided in its meeting on 16-17 October 2018, in accordance with the H2020 ERA-NET Cofund rules and the national and/or regional budget availability, on the projects to be funded. In total, there are 15 projects recommended for funding and two more projects on a reserve list (the potential funding could not yet be confirmed, the final decision on possible funding for these two projects will be taken on the 8th of November 2018).

Due to the nature of ERA-NET calls ForestValue cannot publish any detailed information on the projects selected for funding until the respective national funding decisions have been finished, which will still take several weeks. Nevertheless, as announced earlier, the projects are expected to get started late 2018 or early 2019.

More detailed information on the call statistics will be published later.

The ForestValue partner organisations would like to thank all the applicants for their interest in participating in the call.

Information on future programme seminars and events and on any other future activities will be announced on www.forestvalue.org.

2018-05-17: ForestValue Call 2017 – Step 1 results sent to coordinators

The evaluation of a total number of 114 pre-proposals is now finished and the ForestValue Call Steering Committee decided to invite 50 applicants to submit full proposals.

The Step 1 evaluation included a general eligibility check of the pre-proposals (against criteria defined in Section 5.1 and 5.2 of the ForestValue Call Text) and a national eligibility check (against specific national rules defined in Annex IV of the ForestValue Call Text) as well as an expert evaluation of the pre-proposals, against the criteria defined in Annex I of the ForestValue Call Text.

The selection of pre-proposals invited to submit a full proposal was done by the representatives of the Funding Agencies at a Call Steering Committee meeting, based on the recommendations of the international experts.

The ForestValue Call Office and the Call Steering Committee have taken every step to ensure the fairness and transparency of the evaluation process. Applicants can be sure that their proposals have been assessed according to the published evaluation procedures.

ForestValue would like to thank all applicants for their interest in the ForestValue Call for Research Proposals in 2017, wishing good luck for the invited proposals for Step 2!

2018-05-08: ForestValue Call 2017 – Step 1 evaluation completed

The ForestValue Call was closed on 23rd January 2018 and in total 114 pre-proposals were submitted. The pre-proposals have now been evaluated as described in the Call Text: first for formal eligibility by the Call Office with regard to mandatory eligibility criteria defined in the Call Text (“5. Rules for participation”) and then by the participating funding organisations for the suitability for national funding in line with the restrictions laid down in the Specific National Rules in Annex IV. After these formal eligibility checks the eligible pre-proposals were scientifically evaluated by at least three international experts with regard to the criteria laid down in Annex I to the Call Text.

Now, in its meeting on 2-3 May 2018 the Call Steering Committee has, based on the recommendations of the independent experts, selected those pre-proposals that will be invited to submit a full proposal (Step 2).

The reply letters are currently being prepared, and all research consortia will be informed of the outcome of the evaluation and will receive a short evaluation assessment statement soon, in any case no later than by the end of May 2018 as specified in the Call Text.

2018-03-26: ForestValue Newsletter Issue 1 now published

The first newsletter of ForestValue is now published. (NB! The figure of submitted pre-proposals corrected in the article “First statistics for ForestValue Call” (correct figure: 114 submitted pre-proposals), therefore a new newsletter version published on 19/04/2018).     More

2018-02-26: ForestValue Call 2017 – First statistics after Step 1

The ForestValue Call was closed on 23rd January 2018 and in total 114 pre-proposals were submitted. The great majority, about 70%, of the pre-proposals were assigned by the applicants in the thematic research area B: Innovative industrial production and processing technologies, products, concepts and services. Beyond the ForestValue consortium of 18 countries there are 17 partners from 8 countries (Belgium, Chile, Denmark, Estonia, Macedonia, The Netherlands, Portugal and Russia). NB! The figure of submitted pre-proposals corrected (correct figure: 114 submitted pre-proposals), therefore a new version published on 19/04/2018. More

2018-01-29: Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018–2020 – Relevant topics for forest-based sector

The European Forest-based Sector Technology Platform (FTP) has identified around 50 Call topics for the forest-based sector, totaling over EUR 1.5 billion. These Call topics have been collected together to produce a manual that will guide FTP stakeholders towards the most relevant funding opportunities in the new work programme. The FTP manual for the Call topics relevant for the forest-based sector is now ready to download at the FTP website. More

2018-01-23: ForestValue Call 2017 – Call closed

The ForestValue Call for Proposals is closed. In total 114 pre-proposals were submitted and the evaluation process has now started. In May 2018 all applicants will be informed about the outcome of the first step evaluation. Deadline for full proposal submission will be August 14th 2018. The 2nd step evaluation process will be finished by the end of October. Projects are expected to start in late 2018 / early 2019.

ForestValue consortium would like to thank the applicants for their pre-proposals.

2018-01-16: ForestValue Call 2017 – NCARE from Jordan withdrawing from the call

The National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE) from Jordan has announced that because of internal financial issues they are not able to comply their commitment towards financing the projects submitted through the ForestValue call, and thus they need to withdraw their participation. In this unfortunate case of last-minute change in Jordanian funding the ForestValue Call Office will check the existing pre-proposal registrations and if any registrations with Jordanian partners till today, the respective project coordinator(s) and partner(s) from Jordan will be contacted.

2018-01-15: ForestValue Call 2017 – Funding for Portuguese partners available

ForestValue announces that FCT (the Portuguese national funding agency for science, research and technology) has joined the ForestValue call and is financing Portuguese partners as third country partners in the call with a maximum national commitment of EUR 100,000.00, maximum of EUR 50,000.00 per research/innovation team.

Partners from Portugal, please see an announcement in FCT portal (in Portuguese).

For further information please contact:
Maria Maia
Senior Science Officer, International Relations Department
FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Av. D. Carlos I, 126 – 7º, 1249-074 Lisboa, Portugal
T: [+351] 213911543
| www.fct.pt

2018-01-04: Stakeholder Consultation on the Research and Innovation Roadmap for European Raw Materials 2050

Participate in the open consultation on a Research & Innovation Roadmap 2050 for the European Raw Materials sector, under preparation by the EU funded research project VERAM – Vision and Roadmap for European Raw Materials.

The Roadmap will lay out key activities required to secure a sustainable and competitive supply of raw materials to European industries, boosting jobs and competitiveness, and contribute to addressing global challenges.

The consultation gives your organisation a chance to influence future R&I funding and the evolution of the raw material sectors in the mid- and long-term perspective. The Roadmap will indirectly influence future priorities of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials (EIP RM) and EU’s framework programmes for research and innovation.

To access the consultation documents and deliver your input, please go to the dedicated VERAM web page and follow the instructions.

Deadline for answers: 15 January 2018.

2017-11-29: ForestValue Call 2017 – Networking Webinar summary  and presentations now available

The ForestValue networking webinar on November 15th 2017 connected over 100 researchers interested in the ForestValue call for proposals 2017 – multifarious project presentations and a summary table including contact details and offers for cooperation are now available online

NB: if you have further project ideas or are looking for partners you are welcome to include your details into the ForestValue partnering survey, please see here. 

2017-11-15: ForestValue Call 2017 – Partnering opportunity – Networking Webinar

The ForestValue network warmly invites you to join an excellent networking opportunity on November 15th at 2 PM CET which will help you interlink with other excellent researchers and build competitive consortia.

The currently open ForestValue transnational call for research, development and innovation proposals has an indicative total available budget of up to 25 million € (national public funding + EU top-up). More

The ForestValue Webinar will start on Wednesday, November 15th at 2 PM CET. In order to sign up for the webinar, applicants need to express their interest by sending three PPT slides including project idea, existing partners/experience and missing profiles by email to Carina Lemke at the Call Office until Friday, 10.11.2017. During the webinar each participant will have ca. 3 minutes to present her/his project idea and existing or needed experience while the PPT slides are shown. The agenda, total length of the webinar and possibility to raise questions will depend on the total number of participants. A link to the webinar and the agenda will be sent to registered participants on 13.11.2017. A table including all information of the webinar will be sent to all webinar participants after the webinar in order to further facilitate the networking.

Don’t miss the opportunity!

2017-10-17: ForestValue Call launch

The ForestValue Research Programme is launching a transnational call for proposals for research, development and innovation in the forest-based sector. The indicative total available budget amounts to 25 million € (national public funding including EU top-up funding of 5 million €). The total call volume with industrial co-funding is estimated to be over 30 million €.

The topics of the planned ForestValue joint call will contribute to transforming the global economy from a dependence on fossil and non-renewable raw materials to a sustainable “bio-based economy”.

In this call a competitive two-stage submission process is used. Deadline for submitting pre-proposals is January 23rd 2018 13:00 CET. On 15.11.2017 a networking webinar will be organised to give researchers the chance to interlink with each other and enlarge consortia. Projects are expected to start late 2018/early 2019.

The topic for this ERA-NET Co-fund on innovative forest-based bioeconomy has been prepared in collaboration with three forest-based ERA-NETs to complement the WoodWisdom-Net Research Programme and the targets of the SUMFOREST and FORESTERRA ERA-NETs with a strategic thematic area of high European relevance.

The complete Call text as well as information on the pre-proposal content can be found under Joint Call 2017 on ForestValue website (incl. link to submission tool).