With a mission to achieve the 10 FTP Vision Targets by 2040, SIRA 2030 identifies for each vision target the challenges that require significant efforts in research and innovation. Accordingly, close to 50 challenges have been identified. For each challenge, SIRA 2030 identifies important examples of research and innovation activities needed to tackle the challenge.
The European forest-based sector Vision 2030 was first published in 2005 and revised and relaunched in 2013.
The Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for 2020 (SRA) is the roadmap that enables the forest-based sector to achieve its Vision 2030, in cooperation with public authorities and the European Community. The document introduces 19 Research and Innovation Areas (RIAs) identified as crucial to unlocking the potential of the sector; these are then translated into the language and structure of Horizon 2020 – the EU’s research framework budget for 2014-2020.
The FTP SRA was first released in 2006 and a revised document drawn up in 2013. As a result of the implementation of the SRA, more than 500 European forest-based sector-relevant research projects have been launched, with a total of almost two billion Euros EU funding.
Arguably of greater importance than the main SRA document, the Annex to the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda provides greater detail on the 19 Research and Innovation Areas (RIAs) introduced in the SRA. The RIAs are clustered under the same four Strategic Themes as the 10 Vision Targets for 2030. For every one of these Research and Innovation Areas, the current state-of-the-art is described and the expected achievement for 2020 is outlined. Furthermore, the research and innovation activities needed in order to reach these achievements are identified for each one of the RIAs.
The SRA Annex provides a comprehensive understanding of the steps that the forest-based sector must take to pursue its Vision 2030. The SRA Annex can be read separately from the SRA.
Research and Innovation Roadmap 2050: A Sustainable and Competitive Future for European Raw Materials
Europe is confronted with several challenges along the entire raw materials value chain, composed of exploration and management, extraction and harvesting, processing and refining, manufacturing, use and recycling, as well as substitution. The VERAM roadmap is the only European Research and Innovation Roadmap for 2050 agreed between all non-food, non-energy raw material sectors in Europe. It provides a long-term perspective and concrete activities to achieve the goals of reducing external supply dependency and a more efficient use of resources. It presents four priority areas and nine research and innovation areas, including a number of activities, to address the key concerns of the raw materials community, as well as society and citizens at large. The concrete research and innovation activities cover specific needs within the supply and production of raw materials, creating closed loops, and developing new products and applications.