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Strategic R&I Agenda (SRIA)

SRIA stands for Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.  One of the main outputs of EUFORE is a strategic R&I agenda for forestry and the forest-based sector, along with accompanying implementation measures and stakeholder commitments.

EUFORE is supporting the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research Strategic Working Group on Forests and Forestry Research and Innovation – SCAR FOREST – which is developing a European Partnership on Forests and Forestry for 7 years, launched during the 2nd Strategic Plan of Horizon Europe in 2025-2028.

A SRIA is a precondition to launch a European Partnership and needs to be agreed with the European Commission. The R&I agenda setting requires an extensive stakeholder consultation process and the EUFORE project is running this.

The SRIA is based on a joint vision – we are gathering the needs and demands of stakeholders, as well as exploring the challenges and future opportunities for forests and the forest-based sector.

EUFORE is using a co-design approach and working with stakeholders from both traditional and new value chains, at regional, national and European levels.

Stakeholders can get involved in workshops at EU and regional levels, EU-wide surveys and consultations, our four Thematic Working Groups which focus on different areas within the SRIA, and the SRIA writing group.

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Find out what happened in our first round of stakeholder workshops in 2023.

EUFORE aims to bring together stakeholders from both traditional and new value chains, representing all members of society within and across four categories, following the quadruple helix approach.

That includes: forest owners and managers, industry and business, governance and regulators, the research community, civil society and NGOs.

Simply fill out the EUFORE 5-minute stakeholder engagement survey. One of the EUFORE partners will reach out to you directly, depending on your selection.

The SRIA focuses on four main thematic areas: “Forest ecology”, “Forest management”, “Forest products” and “Social aspects and policy”.

Four chapters will represent the priority research themes, each setting out the opportunities, challenges and research needs.

We are currently working on the first draft version of the SRIA. The deadline for the final publication is October 2025.

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European Partnerships

European Partnerships are initiatives in which the EU and private and/or public partners, commit to jointly support the development and implementation of a programme of research and innovation activities, including market, regulatory, or policy uptake. European Partnerships are defined in Article 2 of the Horizon Europe regulation.

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Based on Article 2 of the Horizon Europe regulation, partners can include industry, universities, research organisations, bodies with a public service mission at local, regional, national or international level or civil society organisations including foundations and NGOs. Any such organisation, which is willing to commit to the partnership can discuss joining the partnership with the “lead entity”.

The portfolio of European Partnerships includes 49 candidates within the first Strategic Plan of Horizon Europe (2021-2024) and 10 proposed Partnerships for the second Strategic Plan (2025-2027).

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Currently, there is no ongoing European Partnership on forests or forestry.

A Partnership on Forests and Forestry for a Sustainable Future is under preparation, and if successful will start in late 2025 / early 2026.

Partnership candidate ideas were submitted in June 2023 for the Horizon Europe Strategic Plan 2025-2027.

After providing a first list of potential candidate titles in April 2023, the Commission services presented a list of 10 potential candidate partnerships, each with a descriptive fiche (concept paper) to the Horizon Europe Strategic Programme Committee (SPC) in July 2023.

During July-December 2023 a structured consultation phase with Member States and Associated Countries took place. The Horizon Europe Strategic Programme Committee (SPC) delegations had the opportunity to provide detailed feedback on these proposals through a written survey, as well as to suggest additional candidates. During the survey, 5 additional candidates were submitted by SPC delegates for consideration.

After an additional written survey launched in October 2023 to collect written input on the additional candidates and ensure equal treatment of Commission and SPC proposals, on 12 December 2023 in their meeting SPC delegates discussed each candidate proposal. Based on the discussion and additional written input Commission Services prepared its final proposal for the final list of new candidate European Partnerships, which was integrated into the draft Strategic Plan in Q1 2024.

On 20 March 2024 the Commission adopted the second strategic plan for Horizon Europe for the last three years of the programme (2025-2027). The strategic plan identifies nine new European co-funded and co-programmed partnerships, and one of them is the co-funded Partnership on Forests and Forestry for a Sustainable Future.

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European Partnership on Forests and Forestry for a Sustainable Future

The European Partnership on Forest and Forestry for a Sustainable Future aims to to promote healthy, biodiverse and resilient forests that are sustainably managed and able to provide a wide range of key ecosystem services, including climate change mitigation through carbon removals and a continuing supply of materials and services for the development of the bioeconomy.

As the primary instrument of public organisations from EU countries and beyond to unite in the forest-based sector and its related value-chains, it will foster collaborative research and innovation among various actors.

The Partnership will provide funding of up to 233 million EUR for research and innovation actions in the forest and forest-based sector.

The European Partnership on Forest and Forestry for a Sustainable Future is currently in the proposal development phase.

Based on a tentative timeline from the EC, the Horizon Europe Work Programme for 2025 should be published during Q1/Q2 of 2025. Only then will it be possible to submit a proposal for a partnership.

The final Partnership agreement can only be signed with Partnership consortium members and the EC after a successful evaluation. As the evaluation phase for any Horizon Europe project proposal takes up to 5 months, it is estimated that if the Partnership is successful, it will start in late 2025-early 2026.

The planned Partnership on Forests and Forestry for a Sustainable Future will be a co-funded European partnership involving EU Member States and Associated Countries, with research funders and other public authorities at the core of the consortium.

There is no final decision yet on the composition of the Partnership.

SCAR FOREST – the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research Strategic Working Group on Forests and Forestry Research and Innovation – is currently responsible for preparing a document on the Partnership.

Like any project funded under Horizon Europe, a proposed European Partnership then has to follow an application process. This includes, for example, a project coordinating organization and a list of participating organisations.

Since research funders and other public authorities will be at the core of the consortium, it is planned that consortium building will first start among these organisations across Europe. These preparations are led by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland.

Once the core partners have designed the Partnership project and its functions, this will indicate the additional partners that are needed and their respective roles.

The Standing Committee on Agricultural Research Strategic Working Group on Forests and Forestry Research and Innovation (SCAR FOREST) is a source of advice on European forest-based research and innovation (R&I), thus contributing to the development of a coherent and ambitious forest-based research area.

Under its current mandate (01/07/2023 to 30/06/2026), its main objective is to support the development of a European research and innovation partnership on forests and forestry. This is an objective in the new EU forest strategy “in order to strengthen EU cooperation” and “overcome the fragmentation of public research efforts in the EU”.

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Please contact the SCAR FOREST Co-chairs:

  • Anne Tolvanen
  • Nicolas Picard
  • Mika Kallio

Don’t forget that the EUFORE project is working on a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), which will be a core document of the Partnership.

You can get involved in the SRIA co-creation process by filling out the EUFORE 5-minute stakeholder engagement survey. One of the EUFORE partners will reach out to you directly, depending on your selection.

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