Preparatory steps towards a GMO research ERA-Net (PreSto GMO ERA-NET)

The objective of the PreSto GMO ERA-Net project is to map out the steps needed to create and successfully implement an ERA-Net that will coordinate transnational research on human and animal health, environmental, techno-economic, and socio-economic impacts of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).


European Commission, FP7 (CSA)



  • ABI – Agrobioinstitute (Bulgaria)
  • ANCS – The National Authority for Scientific Research (Romania)
  • ANSES – Agence Nationale de Sécurite Sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail (France)
  • BMBF – Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany)
  • BMLFUW – Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (Austria)
  • CRAG – Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics (Spain)
  • DLO – Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (The Netherlands)
  • ENEA – National agency for new technologies, Energy and sustainable economic development (Italy)
  • EVD – Eidgenössisches Volkswirtschaftsdepartement – ART Reckenholz-Taenikon (Switzerland)
  • FERA (The Food and Environment Research Agency) (United Kingdom)
  • FORMAS – The Swedish Research Council (Sweden)
  • Genius GmbH – Biotechnologie Beratung und Kommunikation (Germany)
  • IHAR – The Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute, National Research Institute (Poland)
  • INRA – Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (France)
  • JKI – Julius Kühn-Institut Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen, Institute for Biosafety in Plant Biotechnology (Germany)
  • JKI – Julius Kühn-Institut Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen, Data Processing Unit (Germany)
  • JÜLICH – Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (Germany)
  • TUBITAK – The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (Turkey)
  • UCSC – Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy)
  • UNEW – University of Newcastle upon Tyne (United Kingdom)
  • UNIPR – Universita degli studi di Parma (Italy)
  • UNOTT – The University of Nottingham (United Kingdom)
  • VURV – Crop Research Institute (Czech Republic).

The focus will be on GMOs intentionally released into the environment and/or used immediately in feed and food applications. PreSto GMO ERA-Net brings together ministries, agencies, and funding bodies from different Members States and the scientific community to jointly prepare a strategic plan and roadmap for the implementation of the ERA-Net. In addition, the ERA-Net will explicitly take into account the wider views of a diversity of stakeholders and end-users (e. g. industry, farming organisations, civil society organisations, EU and national competent authorities, funding organisations, academia). This is intended to strengthen ownership of the ERA-Net among stakeholders in order to encourage participation of different scientific communities in the future joint transnational calls, to enhance collaboration between actors and to increase the accountability of research trajectories and outcomes.

The results of the project will form the basis for a robust ERA-Net proposal. In achieving this the project work will promote the accessibility of existing scientific information to interested stakeholders and end-users, lead to the harmonisation of research requirements and capacity building within Europe, complement international developments, contribute to a more efficient use of research funds internationally and identify how strategic collaboration can be used to respond to these future research and training needs through enhancement of durable partnerships.

The Graz unit of Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt is involved in two workpackages. It will lead a workpackage on stakeholder engagement and engage in another workpackage which will develop an implementation plan.

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