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Coordinating Action in Plant Sciences

ERA-CAPS is the European Research Area Network for Coordinating Action in Plant Sciences. Building on the ERA-CAPS ERA-NET that was supported by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme until mid-2015, ERA-CAPS has now become a self-sustained network. Meeting the 5 major challenges (Healthy, safe and sufficient food - Plant-based products–chemicals and energy - Sustainable agriculture, forestry and landscape - Vibrant and competitive basic research - Consumer choice and governance) is an ambitious goal that will not be met without an underpinning EU-wide plant science research structure. We are convinced that ERA-CAPS can help to deliver the science and coordination required to make progress against these challenges. Therefore, ERA-CAPS initiative aims at deepening and enlarging European cooperation in the area of Plant Sciences, which should significantly help plant sciences to address both current and future challenges in food and non-food crop production.



  • Duration: 2011 – 2015

  • Website: /

  • Contact: Megan Rafter

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  • Partners: The network comprises currently 9 partners from 8 European countries and the USA, and 11 observers



  1. Co-fund call on expanding the European Research Area in molecular plant sciences

  2. 2nd transnational joint call on expanding the European Research Area in molecular plant sciences II

  3. 3rd Europe-USA Call on strengthening transnational research in the molecular plant sciences



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