International programmes:


We are the central coordinators of a new ERA-NET on Coordinating Action in Plant Sciences (ERA-CAPS). ERA-CAPS follows on from ERA-PG (see related links), which ran from 2004-09, but has a broader remit covering molecular plant sciences.


ERA-CAPS' principal objective is to:

This will engender the creation and coordination of sustainable transnational plant science research programmes to meet the global challenges of food security and sustainability.

The programme will focus on a number of complementary mechanisms for achieving this:


ERA-CAPS comprises 26 partners and observers, representing 23 different countries.


UK (coordinator), Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France (INRA), Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy (MIUR), Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain.


France (ANR), India, Italy (MIPAAF), Japan, Slovenia, United States, the European Plant Science Organisation.


The programme is divided into seven work packages, each led by a partner organisation. The work packages are sub-divided into tasks, with input from multiple partners.

Joint calls

There have been two funding calls during the three and a half-year duration of ERA-CAPS (closing May 2015). These will support transnational collaborative research between plant scientists in participating countries.


For more information visit the ERA-CAPS website.