CEAF project is a Specific Support Action (SSA) financed by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme, which overall aim is to create synergy for virtual networking and strengthening cooperation in the area of Food Quality and Safety with partners from new Member States contributing to the creation of the European Research Area (ERA) in Central Europe.

The new Member States in Central Europe have extensive experience and scientific expertise in cultivating fruit and flowers. Leading-edge skills include biotechnology, plant protection and environmental sustainability. They also have a more traditional know-how about bee-keeping, plant pollination, fruit tree research, and fruit processing. Nevertheless, the pursuit of scientific programmes has been hampered by a shortage of funding. So collaboration by research institutes in these countries could be mutually beneficial if they were to participate in European research in the Food Quality and Safety priority of the EU's Sixth Framework Programme. However, Central European Countries have little or no experience of how the European research community works, how to identify available support, and how to submit proposals.
The answer is to mobilise help from existing Member States through a new European Commission Specific Support Action, stimulating participation of Central European Countries in the Agri-Food Sector in FP6 (CEAF). It involves experts from the European Commission and the Netherlands, and research institutes and SMEs in the flower and fruit sector from Poland, Slovakia, Latvia, Hungary and Estonia.

Enquiries and comments are welcome and can be directed to:

Bożena Podlaska
National Contact Point
for Research Programmes of the EU
Świętokrzyska 21
00-049 Warsaw, Poland
Phone: +48 +22 826 25 02
E-mail: bozena.podlaska@kpk.gov.pl

CEAF Project is supported by the EUROPEAN COMMISSION, the Sixth Framework Programme
Project Reference: FOOD-CT-2004-510409