Open calls

The involvement and interaction with the breeding community is fundamental for success of the BreedingValue project. The BreedingValue project launches four Open Calls to foster SME participation by involving further breeders.

  • Open Call#1, Open Call #2 and Open Call#3 are finalized to transfer new genotyping tools (sMTA, MAS, GWAS and genomic selection) to breeders
  • Open Call#4 is to train experts to sensorial quality assessment, quality control tools and consumer sciences studies.

A total of 14 projects are planned and have been designed to be of great added value for both the external partners and the BreedingValue consortium. Following the idea of co-creation, the Calls will be the opportunity to test, further optimize and validate the tools developed within the BreedingValue project.

TopicPublicationDeadlineNumber of ProjectsBudget per ProjectTotal Amount
Open Call#1
Marker-Assisted Selection (MAS) in strawberry
30th September 202130th December 20213 projects20,000 €60,000€
Open Call#2
Genomic selection for strawberry (F. ananassa)
31st March 202130th June 20212 projects20,000€40,000€
Open Call#3
Marker-Assisted Selection (MAS) and Genome wide association studies (GWAS) in Raspberry
31st March 202130th June 20212 projects20,000€40,000€
Open Call#4
Development of methodological tool kits for sensorial quality assessment of berry genetic resources
July 202130th October 20217 projects13,600€95,200€
Will be published in September 2021
Genomic selection for strawberry (F. ananassa)

Publication: 31st March 2021
Deadline: 30th June 2021
Number of Projects: 2 projects
Budget per Project: 20.000 €
Total Amount: 40.000 €

Genomic selection is used to select breeding material for further hybridization and/or for entering advanced cultivar trials based on their genomic breeding values rather than on phenotypic values. This approach shows better performance than traditional methods such as phenotype-based selection, pedigree-based selection, and marker assisted selection, particularly for polygenically inherited traits.

The objective of this Open Call
The objective of the BreedingValue Open Call #2 is to employ state-of-the-art methodology on breeders’ material and implement genomic selection to the breeders. This can help the breeders to do selection in early stages of their breeding program, accelerating the generation cycles by identifying superior parents, and increasing likelihood of identifying good candidates for advanced trialing.

In the Open Call#2, we will fund 2 projects à 20,000€.

Marker-Assisted Selection (MAS) and Genome wide association studies (GWAS) in Raspberry

Publication: 31st March 2021
Deadline: 30th June 2021
Number of Projects: 2 projects
Budget per Project: 20.000 €
Total Amount: 40.000 €

Marker assisted selection is a method used to select desirable individuals in a breeding programme based on DNA molecular marker patterns in addition to their trait values. This can serve as a valuable tool to assist breeders to select more efficiently. In this BreedingValue project, we will identify molecular markers which can be useful to breeders across all raspberry breeding programmes for traits such as fruit size, softening, timings of fruit development stages, cane diseases or fungal diseases such as yellow rust.

The objective of this Open Call
The objective of the Open Call#3 is to offer breeders an opportunity to screen and select their genotypes of interest against a suite of markers, which can help breeders to better select parental material depending on the trait of interest. Genome wide association studies (GWAS) delves further into the genetic variants within screened markers across different individuals to determine if any of these variants are associated with a particular trait or disease such as yellow rust susceptibility.

In the Open Call#3, we will fund 2 projects à 20,000€.

Will be published in July 2021