Horizon Europe (2021 - 2027)

Emerging and Future Risks to Plant Health

Last update: Jan 16, 2024 Last update: 16 Jan, 2024


Location:EU 27EU 27
Contracting Authority Type:Development Institution
Budget:EUR 7,000,000
Award ceiling:N/A
Award floor:N/A
Sector:Environment & NRM, Research, Agriculture
Eligible applicants:Unrestricted / Unspecified, Individuals
Eligible nationalities:Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, A ... See moreAfghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Anguilla, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Austria, Azerbaijan, Azores, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Caribbean Netherlands, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dem. Rep. Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Commonwealth of, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, French Southern Territory, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, North Macedonia, Norway, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine / West Bank & Gaza, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Pierre and Miquelon, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Date posted:22 Jun, 2021

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Call Updates

Oct 4, 2022 4:06:34 PM

Flash information on the CALL results

(flash call info)

The HORIZON-CL6-2022-FARM2FORK-02-two-stage: Enabling sustainable farming, second-stage was closed on 6th September 2022. 38 proposals were submitted in response to this call. The breakdown per topic is indicated below:

Topic code

Topic name

Number of submitted proposals


Emerging and future risks to plant health


The evaluation results are expected to be communicated in December 2022.

Jun 15, 2022 4:08:29 PM

GENERALISED FEEDBACK for successful applicants after STAGE 1

In order to best ensure equal treatment, successful stage 1 applicants do not receive the evaluation summary reports (ESRs) for their proposals, but this generalised feedback with information and tips for preparing the full proposal. 

Information & tips

Main shortcomings found in the stage 1 evaluation: 


  • The objectives were not always clearly measurable.
  • For some proposals, the integration of organic and conventional sectors was not clearly considered.
  • Some proposals did not convincingly demonstrate the progress beyond the state of the art. 
  • For some proposals, the multi-actor approach was not adequately addressed, because the active engagement of relevant end-users and key actors in the co-creation process all along the project was insufficiently demonstrated.
  • Some proposals did not sufficiently describe the pathways to achieve the expected outcomes.
  • The drivers related to climate change and globalisation were not always taken into account for all targeted pathogens in some proposals.

In your stage 2 proposal, you have a chance to address or clarify these issues.

Please bear in mind that your full proposal will now be evaluated more in-depth and possibly by a new group of outside experts.

Please make sure that your full proposal is consistent with your short outline proposal. It may NOT differ substantially. The project must stay the same.

May 31, 2022 11:31:04 AM



Published: 06 October 2021

Deadline: 23 February 2022

Available budget: EUR 66.5 million

  • HORIZON-CL6-2022-FARM2FORK-02-02-two-stage 7,00 million €

In accordance with General Annex F of the Work Programme, the evaluation of the first-stage proposals was made looking only at the criteria ‘excellence’ and ‘impact’. The threshold for both criteria was 4. The overall threshold (applying to the sum of the two individual scores) was set for each topic/type of action with separate call-budget-split at a level that allowed the total requested budget of proposals admitted to stage 2 be as close as possible to 3 times the available budget (and not below 2.5 times the budget):

  • HORIZON-CL6-2022-FARM2FORK-02-02-two-stage: 8,5 points

The results of the evaluation are as follows:


  • Number of proposals submitted (including proposals transferred from or to other calls):27
  • Number of inadmissible proposals: 0 proposal
  • Number of ineligible proposals: 1 proposal
  • Number of above-threshold proposals: 8 proposals
  • Total budget requested for above-threshold proposals: 48.995.006,94 €

We recently informed the applicants about the evaluation results for their proposals.

For questions, please contact: Research Enquiry Service.


Mar 7, 2022 12:59:33 PM

The HORIZON-CL6-2022-FARM2FORK-02 (first stage) call was closed on 23rd February. 129 proposals have been submitted in response to the first stage of this call. The breakdown per topic is indicated below. In the previous version there was a formatting mistake in the numbering of the topics:

  • HORIZON-CL6-2022-FARM2FORK-02-02-two-stage: 27

The evaluation results are expected to be communicated to the applicants by the end of May 2022.

Jan 10, 2022 12:47:57 PM

Please note that the call deadline for the first stage of all topics under this call has been extended to 23/02/2022, at 17:00:00 Brussels Local Time.

Oct 28, 2021 12:00:02 AM

The submission session is now available for: HORIZON-CL6-2022-FARM2FORK-02-02-two-stage(HORIZON-RIA)

Emerging and future risks to plant health

TOPIC ID: HORIZON-CL6-2022-FARM2FORK-02-02-two-stage

Programme: Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON)
Call: Fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food systems from primary production to consumption (HORIZON-CL6-2022-FARM2FORK-02-two-stage)
Type of action: HORIZON-RIA HORIZON Research and Innovation Actions
Type of MGA: HORIZON Action Grant Budget-Based [HORIZON-AG]
Deadline model: two-stage
Planned opening date: 28 October 2021
Deadline dates: 15 February 2022 17:00:00 Brussels time

06 September 2022 17:00:00 Brussels time

Topic description


In line with the farm to fork strategy for a transition to fair, healthy and resilient European agriculture and forestry, including an ambitious target of reduced use of plant protection products[1], the successful proposal will support research and innovation (R&I) to help the agricultural / forestry sector to remain productive and contribute to sustainable agriculture and/or forest health.

Project results are expected to contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:

  • Find adequate responses to new and/or emerging plant pests;
  • Improve the understanding of drivers of plant pest emergence including the influence of climate change, ecosystem degradation and globalisation;
  • Develop economic and environmentally sound solutions for effective pest management in farming and forestry in line with the principles of integrated pest management;
  • Support to relevant plant health policies in the EU and Associated Countries.


Proposals should target one or more new or emerging[2] plant pests[3] (regulated, non-regulated, introduced or native) that are causing or likely to cause, significant (socio) economic and/or environmental losses to agriculture and/or forestry in the EU and/or Associated Countries. Within the scope of this topic are pests exhibiting an altered and higher probability of entry and spread in a new area that might be the result of changes in their biology or changes in agriculture or forestry pest management practice or rapid spread in new areas[2]. The choice of target pest(s) should consider the potential threat in terms of development and spread, its potential exacerbation under climate change as well as the potential impact on agricultural production, forestry, trade and the wider environment (including soil and water). Activities should consider both the conventional and the organic sectors.

Proposals should:

  • Increase knowledge of the biology, pathways of entry, behaviour in the plant-soil system where relevant, and drivers of spread including the influence of climate change and globalization of pest(s);
  • Improve methods and strategies for prevention, early detection and surveillance;
  • Develop and uptake rapid and effective tools for the prevention of entry, spread and establishment, early detection, surveillance, treatment and (bio) control of plant pests for a sustainable and integrated pest management;
  • Identify and introduce resistance traits to support the long term sustainability of agriculture and forestry in the EU and/or Associated Countries;
  • Assess the social and economic implications for farmers and ecological impacts of the plant pest(s) and the development of approaches on how to best cope with these situations;
  • Integrate citizen science as a tool to monitor emerging pests.

International cooperation with countries affected or threatened by the same pest(s) is strongly encouraged. Proposals must implement the “multi-actor approach” including a range of actors to ensure that knowledge and needs from various sectors such as research, plant health services and the farming/forestry sector are brought together. In this topic the integration of the gender dimension (sex and gender analysis) in research and innovation content is not a mandatory requirement.

The possible participation of the JRC in the project will consist of support on the analysis of the potential impact of the studied pests and the development of economic and environmentally sound solutions for effective pest management in farming and forestry in line with the principles of integrated pest management in particular their acceptance by farmers.

[1]The farm to fork strategy sets the target to reduce by 50% the overall use and risk of chemical pesticides and reduce use by 50% of more hazardous pesticides

[2]EFSA Scientific Colloquium XVI

[3]A pest is defined here as any species, strain or biotype of plant, animal or pathogenic agent injurious to plants or plant products (EU legislation, Regulation 2016/2031)

[4]EFSA Scientific Colloquium XVI

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