Mid-Term Impact Analysis SusAn Cofunded call 2016

Mid-Term Impact Analysis SusAn Cofunded call 2016

The flyer was produced based on a set of indicators reported by the 14 mid-term reports of the projects.


Common reporting of jointly funded projects will give documentation of the outcome of successful projects and demonstrate join forces by funding agencies to strengthen the European Research Area. In calls that are cofunded by the EU Framework Programme, like ERA-NET Cofund SusAn 2016 call, the consortium must report from the funded projects to the European Commission (EC) after the end of the projects [1]. In order to report to the Commission, the consortium must have a system for monitoring the funded projects.


One of the first activities of ERA-NET SusAn was to establish a set of indicators allowing monitorisation and impact of funded projects jointly by ERA-NET SusAn and by each funding agency. The harmonisation of indicators benefits projects teams avoiding duplication of efforts at national/regional and transnational level and funders. Best practices of setting out indicators for monitoring and evaluation on joint H2020 initiatives and funding agencies have been considered. A set of indicators have been proposed by FCT, Portugal (SusAn WP4 co-leader), and discussed and approved by all the 28 funding agencies from 21 European countries participating in the SusAn cofunded call 2016. An internal deliverable has been produced by FCT. The set of indicators have been inserted in the mid-term and final report templates.

Project coordinators delivered the mid-term reports to ERA-NET SusAn. Then, the deputy-coordinator and WP4 Leader of SusAn, INIA, Spain analysed deeply each of the 14 mid-term reports. As an outcome INIA produced in 2019 a comprehensive internal report “D4.1: Mid-term reports and monitoring results from Funded Projects incl. from Call Steering Committee to monitor progress with regard to the projects' objectives and milestones”. A brief note was produced for SusAn Newsletter December 2019. For this report INIA was supported by other SusAn partners and WP4 contributors as FCT, Portugal; JÜLICH, Germany; ELIKA, Spain; EV-ILVO, Belgium; BLE, Germany and INRA, France.


Based upon the reported indicators analysed by INIA, FCT produced the flyer summarizing the mentioned indicators within the 14 projects - Mid-Term Impact Analysis ERA-NET SusAn Cofunded call 2016. Those projects involve 102 research teams from 20 EU Member States and Turkey, Australia and USA. During the first 18th months period research teams did 604 national and transnational missions with different proposes: project meetings, field work, training, study visits, dissemination actions and development of products; 170 research jobs have been created, in different categories from post-docs to research staff. Although the given period was short, all 14 projects produced 38 publications and reported that plus 33 have been submitted and 15 were under preparation. Regarding the scientific and innovation products, 18 new products have been developed with the potential to market, such as: artificial floor, cow toilet, floating farm, genetic markers, blood biomarkers, multi-sensor array, image detection system, tools for efficiency and carbon, databases and others. Over the period 321 dissemination activities took place, using many different tools to reach a wide range of stakeholders, from researchers to farms at different geographical levels, from local to international.


The flyer represents, in brief, the impact pathway of ERA-NET SusAn cofunded call 2016 in the European sustainable animal production. The final analysis of the ERA-NET SusAn cofunded call 2016 will be done after the end of the projects and the delivery of final reports. During its lifetime SusAn launched other two transnational calls, 2018 and 2021, which will contribute to the research and innovation on European sustainable animal production footprint and to the objectives of several EU Strategies and Sustainable Development Goals.


Author info: Maria Maia, FCT, Maria.Maia@fct.pt, website