The SNOWMAN network started in 2003 as an ERA-Net funded by the European Commission under the 6th Framework Program. The aim of the ERA-NET period (2003-2009) was to establish a network of research funders to execute joint calls for research projects. The first pilot call was successully launched in 2006 by the five partners of the network (Ademe (France), MEDDE (France), SEPA (Sweden), OVAM/LNE (Belgium), SKB (The Netherlands)) and resulted in the funding of 5 projects (see call 1 page).

Since 2009, SNOWMAN has transformed into a self-sustained network of research funding organisations and administrations in the field of sustainable management of soil [and groundwater] in Europe. Initally focused on the management of contaminated sites, the network has progressively expanded its scope to tackle other aspects related to soil sustainable management.

SNOWMAN was a transnational group of research funding organizations and administrations in the field of soil sustainable management in Europe. They have been aimed to bridged the gap between knowledge demand and supply (Science-Policy-Practice Interface) through the development and sharing of relevant knowledge by:

  • executing a research programme through calls for projects;
  • sharing the knowledge developed in the SNOWMAN projects and within the national institutions among the members and our broader networks;
  • involving end-users and stakeholders by giving them a role in our advisory group and in our project consortia with end-user participation.

The main results of the projects conserning Agricultural Soils are presented in the SNOWMAN Policy Brief Agricultural Soils.