The European Commission has published the Scoping Paper for the Societal Challenge 2 'Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy' 2018-2020 Work Programme.
The paper was developed following consideration of the report from the Expert Advisory Group for Societal Challenge 2 and the results of a stakeholder consultation with wider stakeholders, as well as a mapping exercise of previous topic objectives against projects funded and an in-depth analysis of trends and foresight. It also reflects the research and innovation priorities in the Commission's document 'A strategic approach to EU agricultural research and innovation'. It identifies five key priorities to be translated into specific calls:
- Addressing climate change and resilience on land and at sea;
- Making the transition towards a circular bioeconomy;
- Functional ecosystems, sustainable food systems, healthy lifestyles;
- Boosting major innovations on land and sea – new products, value chains and markets; and
- Developing smart, connected territories and value chains in rural and coastal areas.
These priority areas will be translated into a number of calls under the following areas: Sustainable Food Security; Rural Renaissance; and Blue Growth - Harvesting the Ocean Opportunities. The scoping papers are working documents not formally endorsed by the Commission, the adoption and publication of the 2018-2020 work programme is expected in October 2017.