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The CORE Organic pilot projects
The main objective of the precurser, CORE Organic, was enhancing the quality, relevance and resource utilization in organic food and farming research. Partners from 11 countries launched 8 transnationally funded research projects These projects ran from 2007 to 2010.

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The FP7 project CORE Organic II ended 31 August 2013.

CORE Organic continues with a call launched in December 2013.

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Pre-announcement of a CORE Organic Plus call

CORE Organic will be ready to launch a joint call for research proposals in December 2013. The call budget is more than 11 million euros including the European Union contribution of 3 million euros for research and administration. The provisional call text and indicative budget per country are ready and are published in the pre-announcement together with the call schedule and the national contact points. The guideline for applicants with national rules and priorities, the new CORE Organic website and the call submission site will be ready in December. Please register for news in the bottom left corner.

The pre-announcement (revised 22 November) is available

It has been revised 22 November and the call text is now a final version. In addition, footnotes have been added for Belgium Flanders and the Netherlands, and Belgium Wallonia has redistributed their funds.

A brokerage event is arranged in Brussels 18 December to give potential applicants a chance to meet and discuss ideas. TP Organics is organising the event for CORE Organic. The agenda with registration form is available
HERE. Deadline for registration is 5 December.

The four thematic research areas of the call are:
1. Crop: Plant/Soil interaction in organic crop production
2. Functional biodiversity to improve management of diseases, weeds and pests
3. Livestock health management system including breeding
4. Ensuring quality and safety of organic food along the processing chain

The CORE Organic consortium hopes to receive applications from a wide representation within the science and innovation environments, including from environments which have not previously received funds from CORE Organic.

Continuation of CORE Organic

CORE Organic is negotiating with the European Commission for an ERA-NET Plus project. Three new countries/regions will join: Poland, Romania and Wallonia (Belgium). Unfortunately Czech Republic, Luxembourgh and Ireland will not have funds for the Plus call. The call is expected to be launched in the first week of December 2013, with a pre-announcement the first part of November. The call text and contribution per country will be published with the pre-announcement. A brokerage event will be arranged with the help of TP Organics in Brussels 18 December. The call is an ERA-NET Plus call which means that there is co-funding for research from the European Commission, which together with the national funds sum up to more than 11 million euro.

Relaunch of the CORE Organic newsletter

The series of CORE Organic newsletters will display results from the CORE Organic funded projects. Please find the second issue
here. and first issue here.
CORE Organic research seminar in the Netherlands 15 May 2013

The projects initiated by CORE Organic II presented their projects and results at a meeting in Amsterdam 15 May 2013. The first part of the meeting was open for all. Read more
here. Krijn Poppe from Wageningen University gave a key note talk with the title "Linking your results with AKIS - Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems in Transition", the presentation can be found here. The CORE Organic partner Thomas Alföldi from FiBL gave an inspirational talk on project disseminaton: Tips, tricks and lessons learnt. It can be found here. A compilation of short introductions of the 14 projects can be found here

Third call:
The project selected from the third call using the real common pot funding instrument is IMPROVE-P: IMproved Phosphorus Resource efficiency in Organic agriculture Via recycling and Enhanced biological mobilization. The coordinator is Kurt Möller, Institute of Crop Science, Universität Hohenheim, Germany. A summary and a list of countries in the consortium can be found

Second call:
One project was selected from each of the thematic research areas of the second call:
COBRA - Coordinating Organic plant BReeding Activities for Diversity coordinated by Thomas Döring, The Organic Research Centre, United Kingdom.

and HealthyGrowth - Healthy growth: From niche to volume with integrity and trust coordinated by Egon Noe, Agroecology, Aarhus University, Denmark.

A summary and a list of countries in the consortium can be found here for
COBRA and HealthyGrowth. Websites and leaflets will be prepared before summer.

First call:
The 11 research projects funded from the first call have started between September 2011 and January 2012.

For project information and project leaflets: see under "Research projects" above.

Presentations from the project coordinators in Organic Eprints, or a short overview in this CORE Organic II project leaflet

CORE Organic research seminar in Paris 30 November 2011
Please find here a link to a newsletter about the event and here a link to Organic Eprints with the presentations from the 11 new CORE Organic II projects and the 8 finalised CORE Organic I projects.

Welcome to CORE Organic II

The European transnational research cooperation project, the ERA-net named CORE Organic II, consists of a network of 26 partners from 21 European countries.

The main aim of CORE Organic II is to agree on common research priorities and to select transnational research projects to be funded by the partners.

The ERA-net started in March 2010 and runs for three years. It will launch at least two transnational calls, initiate research projects organize project monitoring and dissemination of results, and consider funding models.

Map showing the 21 partner countries (26 partners in total)

Great potential for innovation
Organic agriculture and food markets have grown considerably and organic agriculture addresses important challenges of European agriculture, such as sustainable production of high quality food, reducing dependency on high energy inputs, improving environmental and nature conservation, climate change adaptation, animal welfare and rural livelihoods.

Organic farming and food systems still have a big potential for innovation and improved solutions.

Read more about CORE Organic II...

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CORE Organic II leaflet

Get the CORE Organic II leaflet, presenting CORE Organic II projects. Also you can download a CORE Organic II poster.

Restricted FBN work space
The former CORE Organic Funding Body Network (2007-2010) shared documents in a work space of restricted access.

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Contact the coordinator

CORE Organic II is coordinated by International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems, ICROFS

Phone: +45 87157716 (Ulla Sonne Bertelsen)

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