BreedingValue Open Calls for obtaining new resilient and added value berries

Pre-breeding strategies for obtaining new resilient and added value berries (BreedingValue): financial support to third parties: SMEs


  1. Open call on Genomic selection for strawberry (F. ×ananassa)Genomic selection is used to select breeding material for further hybridisation 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 is to employ state-of-the-art methodology on breeders’ material and implement the technology 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 this Open Call, we will fund 2 projects à €20 000.

  2. Open call on Marker-Assisted Selection (MAS) and Genome wide association studies (GWAS) in RaspberryMarker assisted selection is a method used to select desirable material 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 parental material for breeding. In BreedingValue, 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 is to offer breeders an opportunity to screen and select their genotypes of interest against a suite of markers identified by BreedingValue, 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.

Expected duration of participation: 36 months
Maximum amount of financial support for each third party: €20 000

Submission & evaluation process:

All relevant materials for application will be made available here.

Submissions have to be made under the following e-mail adress:

The evaluation process comprises an eligibility check and a scientific/technical evaluation based on the following criteria:

  • Materical and Genetic Resources to be used and their role in the project
  • Expected impact and implementation activities
  • Excellence of the organisation and of the team

Further information

The event is finished.


Mar 31 2021 - Jun 30 2021


08:00 - 17:00