In the context of a global growing population and climate change, there is a huge challenge of feeding the planet while safeguarding its limited natural resources (fuel, energy, water and biological resources) for future generations. At a global level, fisheries and aquaculture play a significant role in eliminating hunger, promoting health and reducing poverty (FAO, The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture, 2014). Some increase in production could be expected from fish farming, but it will be very difficult to increase the catch of wild fish significantly beyond current levels.
To address this challenge, Genome BC will support BC's participation in Joint Call Topic 2: Genome based approach to genetic improvement of aquaculture species. The scope of this Topic will include (i) Development of biotechnological tools and methods to understand and improve important traits for genetic improvement primarily through selective breeding, and (ii) Development and application of biotechnological tools to develop efficient methods in production of sterile fish.
With a thriving aquaculture sector, this call represents an important strategic opportunity for BC.
This is the 3rd Joint Transnational Call of the ERA-NET COFASP in collaboration with the ERA-NET Marine Biotechnology. Funded under the FP7 ERA-NET scheme, ERA-MarineBiotech (ERA-MBT; http://www.marinebiotech.eu/) and the Cooperation in Fisheries, Aquaculture and Seafood Processing (COFASP; http://www.cofasp.eu/), these consortia of national funding bodies are seeking complementarities between national activities to pool resources to undertake joint funding of transnational projects in the areas of Marine Biotechnology, and Fisheries, Aquaculture and Seafood, respectively.
The ERA-NET scheme was launched by the European Commission to support the coordination and collaboration of national research programs. Since 2004, the ERA-NET scheme has implemented more than 350 calls resulting in more than 3400 projects (€2.3billion in public funding research).
The ERA-NET COFASP Secretariat is responsible for all aspects of the management and administration of the program. Full details are available in the ERA-NET COFASP Call Text, Guidelines for Applicants and other documents on the ERA-COFASP call webpage.
As a partner in the call, Genome BC has set aside $300,000 CDN (~€200,000) over three years to fund BC participation in transnational projects. BC researchers should click here for details on the Genome BC specific guidelines.
Submission of full proposals will be invited from March 21, 2016 through June 20, 2016, with a mandatory pre-registration by May 6, 2016. More details on this program can be found on the call website.
Interested parties are encouraged to contact Rachael Ritchie at Genome BC (ERA@genomebc.ca).