ERA4CS Joint Call on Researching and Advancing Climate Services Development by
(A) Advanced co-development with users,
(B) Institutional integration

The ERA4CS joint call has been closed. Invitation to step-two is subject to the decision of the funding consortia, respectively the 13 RFOs for Topic A or the 30 RPOs for Topic B, taking into account and balancing the available budgets and the requested funding. Applications which are selected for invitation to submit a step-two proposal will be contacted mid-September 2016, with the following deadline for step-two submission: 23 November 2016 at 14:00 (Brussels Time) 

The overall objective of this call is to enhance user adoption of and satisfaction with Climate Services (incl. adaptation services). Improving the quality of Climate Services is also within the scope of this call. At the same time ERA4CS aims to improve the scientific expertise on Climate Change risks and adaptation options, and to connect that knowledge with decision-making, e.g. by developing and assessing climate adaptation strategies and pathways at different scales (regions, cities, catchments, vulnerable sectors, etc.).

To improve user adoption of and satisfaction with CS, the overall aim is to research and advance CS development by supporting scientific research for developing better tools, methods and standards on how to produce, transfer, communicate and use reliable climate information to cope with current and future climate variability and change across national boundaries.

The present joint call will be financed by ERA4CS partners from 18 countries, contributing either by cash funding or by in-kind re-sources, plus co-funding from the European Commission (Grant Agreement reference 690462). A total budget of about 72 Mio € has been provisionally allocated for this call to support 3 years research projects.

Proposal should address only one of the following Topic (A or B), if compliant with eligibility:

Topic A- Advanced co-development with users, supported in cash by 13 national Research Funding Organisations (RFOs)*

A.1: Research in support of the development and deployment of Climate Services
A.2: Integration and application of Climate Science for decision making
A.3: Research for co-development of advanced Climate Services

Topic B - Institutional integration between 30 predetermined Research Performing Organisations (RPOs)**

B.1: Development of new methods and tools
B.2: Impacts studies and models
B.3: Localisation of climate information and evaluation of uncertainties

For more details:


  • Opening Date of the Call: 1 March 2016
  • Launch Event of submission portal at Adaptation Futures Conference: 10 May 2016
  • Closing date for step-one proposals for Topic A: 30 June 2016 at 23:59 (Brussels Time)
  • Closing date for step-one proposals for Topic B: 15 July 2016 at 23:59 (Brussels Time)
  • Step-two invitation:15 September 2016
  • Closing date for submission of step-two proposals: 15 November 2016
  • Communication of final results: February 2017
  • Start of projects: Spring 2017
  • End of projects: Spring 2020

* Research Funding Organisations (RFOs) supporting Topic A

  • Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), France
  • Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft (BMWFW), Austria
  • Service public fédéral de programmation politique scientifique (BELSPO), Belgium
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt EV (DLR) for German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany
  • Innovationsfonden (IFD), Denmark
  • Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad (MINECO), Spain
  • Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland (EPA), Ireland
  • Nederlandse organisatie voor wetenschappelijk onderzoek (NWO), the Netherlands
  • Norges forskningsrad (RCN), Norway
  • Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal
  • Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI), Romania
  • Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS), Slovakia
  • Forskningsrådet för miljö, areella näringar och Samhällsbyggande (FORMAS), Sweden

** Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) supporting Topic B

  • Universitaet Graz (Uni Graz), Austria
  • Institut Royal Météorologique de Belgique (RMI), Belgium
  • Global Change Research Centre CAS (CzechGlobe), Czech Republic
  • Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung (AWI), Germany
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum für Material- und Kustenforschung GMBH (HZG), Germany
  • Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut (DMI), Denmark
  • Agencia Estatal de Meteorologia (AEMET), Spain
  • Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputacion (BSC), Spain
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Spain
  • Universidad de Cantabria (UC-IHC), Spain
  • Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV-C3), Spain
  • Ilmatieteen Laitos (FMI), Finland
  • Suomen ymparistokeskus (SYKE), Finland
  • Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM), France
  • Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA), France
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France
  • Institut national de l'information géographique et forestière (IGN), France
  • Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA), France
  • Météo-France (Météo-France), France
  • National Center for Scientific Research "Demokritos" (NCSRD), Greece
  • Department of the environment, community and local government (Met Eireann), Ireland
  • Fondazione Centro euro-mediterraneo sui cambiamenti climatici (CMCC), Italy
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR-DTA), Italy
  • Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut-KNMI (KNMI), the Netherlands
  • Meteorologisk institutt (Met Norway), Norway
  • Fundacao da Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa (FFCUL), Portugal
  • Administratia nationala de meteorologie R.A. (Meteo-Ro), Romania
  • Sveriges Meteorologiska och Hydrologiska Institut (SMHI), Sweden
  • The University of Reading (UREAD), United Kingdom
  • Met Office (Met Office), United Kingdom