This presentation will be introduced by a brief overview of the key findings and recommendations resulting from the 4th FENCO-ERA Workshop organised jointly with the European Technology Platform on Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plant (ZEP) Task Force on Communication (Lisbon, 15-16 January 2008) with the aim to identify common activities and strategies to increase public awareness and gain public acceptance of CCS technologies. The public acceptance and development of public communication and outreach on CCS is also one of the thematic topics supported by the 1st FENCO-ERA Joint Call as early mover for collaborative fossil fuel R&D projects. ิhe presentation will then focus on the recent status within FENCO-ERA project and specifically, the launch of the 1st Joint Call on 1st April 2008. The thematic topics will be presented in detail. Further more, issues related to the whole procedure from proposal submission to project/contract implementation, the evaluation procedure, the participating National Funding Agencies as well as the monitoring rules will be addressed with the aim to motivate and facilitate potential applicants to be involved in Collaborative Research Projects.