FTP launches new prioritization process
FTP launched a new prioritization process to improve funding opportunities in the final years of Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation framework program.
In spring 2016, National Support Groups, representatives of FTP shareholders, research umbrella organizations and observers were consulted at the FTP Advisory Committee meeting on the best timing and procedure to discuss and collect input with their national stakeholders. The goal is to identify top priorities within the research and innovation areas described in the Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda for 2020, still to be addressed in the last phase of Horizon 2020.
Up until May 2016, FTP invited forest-based sector stakeholders to submit their views and opinions about the research and innovation areas that should be given higher priority during the final years of Horizon 2020. Nearly 500 organizations, representing the woodworking industries, the pulp and paper sector and forest owners from 15 countries, participated in the consultation. FTP selected 90 crucial research activities from among more than 170 listed within the sector’s Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for 2020. This broad, inclusive and transparent consultation is fundamental to outlining research priorities for the forest-based sector and will enable FTP to enhance its advocacy work and elaborate a sharp approach with policy makers while they prepare the Work Program 2018-2020 of Horizon 2020.
The final outcome will be presented at the next FTP Board meeting in September 2016.