23 November 2020 – Challenge call Workshop

The ERA-NETs ICT-AGRI-FOOD and CHIST-ERA (https://www.chistera.eu)  has organised a joint online workshop on November 23, 2020. The goal of this workshop was bringing together the ERA-NETs' research funding organisations and experts for adapting the format of a Challenge call to the multilateral framework and to the respective thematic scopes of these ERA-NETs.

The workshop addresses the following objectives:

  • Review of different Challenge initiatives
  • Assess opportunity of launching a Challenge call within an ERA-NET
  • Discuss what a suitable topic is for a Challenge call
  • Estimate the required resources
  • Establish methodology and calendar of the call preparation


The conclusions contribute to the shaping of the Challenge call format for CHIST-ERA and of the related implementation roadmap and to provide recommendations for launching a Challenge call for ICT-AGRI-FOOD.

The programme features a combination of keynote talks in plenary and facilitated parallel brainstorming sessions.

Meeting part




Review of Challenge initiatives in Europe and overseas: Format, objectives and expected impact



Challenges examples: Evaluation campaigns organisation, impact on research



Brainstorming session: Topic suitability, call launch and evaluation campaigns organisation within an ERA-NET

Parallel sessions


Parallel sessions for CHIST-ERA and ICT-AGRI-FOOD to discuss specifics (candidate topics suitability…)

Parallel sessions

The workshop is open to any interested person free of charge, in particular to the researchers involved in evaluation campaigns organisation and to other ERA-NET-like multilateral partnerships of research funders willing to assess the opportunity to launch a call in the Challenge format.

Challenge Call: A Challenge call for research proposals targets a focused scientific objective. The selected projects all share this common objective proposing different approaches. Their progress is regularly assessed during their lifetime through so-called evaluation campaigns gathering all the projects The evaluation campaigns involve metrics and protocols implemented by the evaluation campaign organisers. The scheme combines competition among selected projects and cooperation: Data sharing and networking across projects are promoted.

Contact:  Isabelle.HIPPOLYTE@agencerecherche.fr