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20 Aug 2015

ERA-NET on Climate Services under negotiation for funding

After a favourable evaluation by the European Commission, the ERA-NET COFUND “European Research Area for Climate Services” (ERA4CS), proposed with the support of JPI Climate, has been invited for a Grant Agreement with the Commission for up to 25M€. The ERA4CS consortium kick-off is planned for January 2016.

Within the European Research Area (ERA), the ERA4CS Consortium is aiming to boost research for Climate Services (CS), including climate adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk management, allowing regions, cities and key economic sectors to develop opportunities and strengthen Europe’s leadership. CS are seen as driven by user demands to provide knowledge to face impacts of climate variability and change, as well as guidance both to researchers and decision-makers in policy and business.

ERA4CS will focus on the development of a “climate information translation” layer bridging “user communities” and “climate science system”. It implies the development of tools, methods, standards and quality control for reliable, qualified and tailored information required by the various field actors for smart decisions.

ERA4CS will boost the JPI Climate initiative by mobilising more deeply, within EU Member States and Associated Countries, both the research performing organisations (RPOs) and the research funding organisations (RFOs), the distinct national climate services and the various disciplines of academia, including Humanities and Social Sciences.

ERA4CS will launch a joint transnational co-funded call, with 16 countries and up to 75M€, with two complementary topics:
1.a “cash” topic, supported by 12 RFOs, on co-development for user needs and action-oriented projects;
2.an “in-kind” topic, supported by 28 RPOs, on institutional integration of the research components of national CS.

Complementary to the call, ERA4CS additional activities will initiate a strong partnership between JPI Climate and other key European and international initiatives (such as Copernicus, KIC-Climate, other JPIs, WMO/GFCS, Future Earth, Belmont Forum…), in order to work towards a common vision and a multi-year implementation strategy, including better co-alignment of national programs and activities up to 2020 and beyond.

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