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New and emerging risks to plant health (RIA Research and Innovation action) - SFS-05-2018-2019-2020
Deadline: Sep 11, 2018  

 Plant Health
 International Cooperation
 Climate Sciences

Specific Challenge:

Trade and the movement of goods and people have facilitated the introduction, spread and establishment of plant pests and diseases. While new pests and diseases are likely to arise, existing ones might become more severe as a result of intensification, climatic variations and changes in agricultural and forest management practices. They can have a significant impact on agricultural and forest productivity. Appropriate and rapid responses from decision-makers need to be informed by scientific knowledge which addresses pest and disease management in a comprehensive manner.


Proposals will target one or more new or emerging plant pests and/or diseases (regulated or non-regulated, introduced or native) that are causing, or likely to cause, significant (socio-)economic and/or environmental losses to EU agriculture/forestry. The choice of target pest and/or disease will consider the potential threat in terms of development and spread, its potential exacerbation under climate change as well as the potential impact on agricultural production, forestry, trade and the wider environment. Proposals will increase knowledge of the biology, development and spread of pests/diseases. They will improve methods and strategies for early detection, prevention and control as well as enlarge the range of tools for integrated and sustainable pest/disease management. International cooperation with countries affected or threatened by the same pest(s)/disease(s) is encouraged. Proposals should fall under the concept of the ‘multi-actor approach’ including a range of actors to ensure that knowledge and needs from various sectors such as research, plant health services and the farming/forestry sector are brought together.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of up to EUR 7 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

Activities will contribute to finding adequate responses to new and/or emerging plant pests/diseases. More specifically knowledge and solutions generated by these actions will contribute to:

  • the understanding of drivers of plant pest/disease emergence including the influence of climate change;
  • the development of efficient tools for the prevention, detection and control of pests/diseases;
  • the development of environmentally sound solutions for pest/disease management in farming and forestry in line with the principles of Integrated Pest Management;
  • the reduction of economic, social and/or environmental losses by the farming/forestry sector;
  • support for relevant EU plant health policies.

In the longer term, project outputs will help the agricultural/forestry sector to remain productive and contribute to sustainable agriculture and/or forest health.

Delegation Exception Footnote:

It is expected that this topic will continue in 2020

Cross-cutting Priorities:

International cooperation

See definition of the 'multi-actor approach' in the introduction of this Work Programme part.

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