Strategic Research Agenda of the European Technology Platform 'Plants for the Future'
After a number of consultations with the European Commission and Parliament representatives, national stakeholders and ministry representatives of 19 countries, the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) reached its final version in 2007, after which it was launched at the European Parliament in June of the same year. This is yet another milestone on the road to putting plant sciences back on the agenda in Europe and its Member States.
The Plant ETP’s SRA identifies five challenges for Europe’s society and economy to which the plant sector can contribute, including:
These five pillars fully support the development of a Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy (KBBE) that will help to maintain European economic competitiveness and provide the means to secure future fuel and food supplies in an environmentally sustainable way. The SRA will be updated every 5 years.
Impact of the SRA
Twenty-five percent of Theme 2 funding for the 2007 Work programme of the Seventh Framework Programme was dedicated to Plant Research. In addition, national funding programmes in a growing number of Member States now refer to the SRA and to the ERA-NET Plant Genomics for closer collaborations with future technology platform activities.
Plant ETP, as other ETPs, is invited by the European Commission to provide input to the annual FP7 Work Programmes. For information on FP7, visit DG Research’s website.
The Plant ETP's input is based on its Strategic Research Agenda, a survey of current and possible future transnational collaborative research activities in Europe relevant to plant science conducted in 2006 by EPSO for Plant ETP, and on prioritisation by the ETP members.