Open call #3

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

Results of Open Call #3
The Open Call #3 closed on 30.06.2021.
A total of 3 proposals were received and 2 proposals have been selected for funding.
We would like to thank all applicants for their interest and look forward to the collaboration with Angus Soft Fruits Ltd. and G-Berries S.R.L.!

Further information is available in the Public evaluation report on Open Call #3.

Call description
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 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 this Open Call, we will fund 2 projects à 20,000€.

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for breeders with robust phenotypic information (or with the ability to obtain such within the call’s time frame) on a diverse range of around 450 raspberry material. The breeder must also be able to provide extracted DNA or leaf material for genotyping and have little or no experience with MAS and GWAS with an interest in developing this approach further.

For a complete description of the specific requirements, you should fulfill for this Open Call please consult the Guide for Applicants.

Your benefits
If you are selected for this Open Call, you will benefit from

  • Support (including seminars) on MAS and GWAS and their application in breeding.
  • Support on setting up and conducting MAS and GWAS across diverse germplasm, genetic information on marker results, such as yellow rust susceptibility, to better inform breeders with their parental choices.

Eligibility criteria
You are qualified to apply for this Open Call if you fulfill the following criteria:

  • You are an SME according to the definition of the European Commission (less than 250 employees, less than €50m annual turnover)
  • You have to be legally registered in member states of the European Union or in Horizon 2020 associated countries
  • The application has to be submitted before the deadline of the Open Call.
  • The application has to be in the English language
  • The application has to be complete (including all required signatures)
  • The application has to address one of the fours topics of the Open Calls within BreedingValue
  • Absence of conflict of interest: You may not have an actual and/or potential conflict of interest during the application process and project implementation (see Declaration of Honour). Accordingly, members currently involved in the BreedingValue project as beneficiaries, subcontracts, linked (third) parties and advisors are not eligible to apply. Should any conflict of interest arise, this will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Funding scheme
The Open Calls in BreedingValue apply a lump sum funding scheme. Payments will be made after the successful submission of reports.

  • Milestone 1: Completion of contracts and introductions to researchers. Initial traits of interest and phenotypic data collection are recorded (December 2021).
  • Milestone 2: Suitable leaf samples (and if possible/agreed upon pedigree information) have been collected (May 2022).

The first payment will be made after an interim report (confirming the milestone achievements) has been submitted and approved (May 2022, 50% of total funding).

  • Milestone 3: Receipt of the phenotypic data for the 450 selections (November 2022).
  • Milestone 4: Supply of supplementary phenotypic data from year 2 for the 450 selections (November 2023).
  • Milestone 5: Completion of training (Fall 2024)

The final payment will be made after a final report has been submitted and approved (Fall 2024, 50% of total funding).

Please note that in case ethical issues were identified in the application phase, additional deliverables for monitoring of these issues will be added as contractual requirements during the Sub-Grant-Agreement negotiation.

Application, evaluation and project preparation timeline:

Application timeline

Open Call#3 Project Implementation Timeline

The Open Call project will run for 4 years, from 2021 to 2024. The detailed timeline is described below.

Implementation timeline

How to apply
Applications can only be made via e-mail and have to be submitted under the following address:

Please observe the instructions for formatting and submissions in the Guide for Applicants.


The deadline for submissions is 30th June 2021 at 17:00 CET. Applications after the deadline will not be considered for evaluation.

Documents for application
All relevant documents for the application can be found here.

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