Horizon 2020 SIEGRUD on Social Innovations

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Agro-Know is part of the consortium that submitted on June 11th, 2015, a proposal called “SIEGRUD: Social Innovations and Enhanced Governance for Rural Development“, in response to H2020 Innovative, Sustainable and Inclusive Bioeconomy/ISIB-3-2015/Topic: Unlocking the growth potential of rural areas through enhanced governance and social innovation.


SIEGRUD will provide decision makers in the public and private sectors of the rural economy with sophisticated diagnostic tools, manuals, and a set of alternative strategic and policy options to explain, evaluate and enable the development of social innovations (SIs) in agriculture, forestry, and rural development, in order to achieve smart, innovative and inclusive growth.… Click to read the full post

The Saffron-OMICS workshop as a source of agri-food research data requirements


Saffronomics-Fa1101bSaffron-OMICSOmics Technologies for Crop Improvement, Traceability, Determination of Authenticity, Adulteration and Origin in Saffron is a COST Action  (FA1101) on Food & Agriculture (FA) that aims to:

  • Strengthen the network of collaborative research on the structural organization of Saffron genome, DNA fingerprinting, chemical fingerprinting, proteomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics of this crop and
  • define a common strategy to the final goal of preserving Crocus biodiversity, to carry out genetic improvement and to protect quality, sustainability, and safety of production of saffron in Europe.

Between May 14-15 2015, Saffron-OMICS organized a workshop titled “Advances in molecular and phytochemical fingerprinting for traceability and authenticity of saffron”, hosted by the Center for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) in Thessaloniki, Greece.… Click to read the full post

Lessons learned from working with project proposals: Lack of time


Do you know one thing that doesn’t scale? Your time. 

No matter who you are, no matter how hard you try, we are all given the same number of hours in a day and we need to make sure that we make the best use of them.

If you plan to submit a proposal in one of the upcoming Horizon 2020 calls on Blue Growth, Sustainable Food Security & Innovative, Sustainable and Inclusive Bioeconomy with a pressing deadline on 11/6/2015 (so in less than one week!), we have been in your shoes and we can more or less describe the case:

  • You are trying to make sure that you have a good idea in your hands, which needs to be described in a way that will persuade the reviewers so that they mark it as eligible for funding (which is your ultimate goal after all);
  • At the same time you need to make sure that you have compiled a great consortium that will not only provide all the necessary documentation for the successful submission of your proposal within the deadline (!), but can prove that it is suitable for completing all envisaged tasks in a high quality and timely manner;
  • You have to keep re-calculating the allocation of the foreseen budget in work packages, tasks and deliverables, taking into consideration the different rates of each partner, each role and the specificities in reimbursing trip expenses (per diem or based on receipts) – and on top of that, include all last-minute revisions from the consortium members;
  • You need to make sure that the text you used in your proposal for describing the impact and other aspects actually reflects what you plan to do in an attractive way;
  • Last but not least, you will need to include the description of a data management plan in your proposal.
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Describing a data management plan for your Horizon 2020 proposal


For those interested in submitting a proposal in the next Horizon 2020 calls on Blue Growth, Sustainable Food Security & Innovative, Sustainable and Inclusive Bioeconomy they have to hurry; these calls have a deadline on 11/6/2015, so in less than one month.

Agro-Know has a long experience in the aforementioned thematic areas, through its involvement in related projects and initiatives; for example, as regards the Blue Growth, we were involved in the iMarine project (mostly through our agINFRA FP7 project as well as the role of our CEO Nikos Manouselis in iMarine’s advisory board) while our collaboration with the Hasselt University (Belgium) during the VOA3R ICT-PSP project brought our attention to the wealth of bibliographic data available in the oceanography, marine science, fisheries and aquaculture context through the OceanDocs repository (among others).… Click to read the full post

SemaGrow and the business case of Agro-Know


SemaGrowSemaGrow is a European three-years FP7 project with the objective to discover possibilities to handle big data in agriculture. The SemaGrow consortium seeks to develop techniques for distributed Web queries, data and metadata mapping as well as methodologies for scaling up to extremely large data volumes and real time performances. The project outcomes will help innovative SMEs like Agro-Know and other organizations consuming (e.g. organizing, processing, visualizing) agricultural data to have better access to a very large volume of data and develop sustainable services and tools using this data to offer them to the community. This will improve decision making of agricultural researchers, information officers, researchers and educators by providing them access to timely and accurate information/data.… Click to read the full post

Have you included the mandatory Data Management Plan in you Horizon 2020 proposal on Water, Waste and Low Carbon? (Deadline: 21/4/2015)

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We are sure that those who plan to submit a proposal in one of the Horizon 2020 environment-related calls (the ones related to Water Innovation, Waste & Low Carbon Economy) are aware of the deadline for this call; it is the 21st of April 2015 – so in less than two weeks!

Horizon 2020 logoWe just wanted to highlight the fact that successful proposals will be automatically included in the Open Research Data Pilot of Horizon 2020, so a well-defined Data Management Plan for the project’s research data is mandatory. (For more info, you can check out the European Commission’s Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data (PDF)).… Click to read the full post

Ensure the compliance of your H2020 proposal & project with the H2020 Open Access Policy


One of the important features of the various Horizon 2020 calls is that Open Access to research publications produced in the lifetime of the project is now mandatory – no matter if the Green or Gold Open Access model will be followed. All proposals that are submitted in any of the Horizon 2020 calls need to have a clearly defined plan for the dissemination of their research publications while the projects already funded by H2020 need to actually implement their Open Access plan for their publications.

On top of that, Horizon 2020 has a limited pilot action on open access to research data.… Click to read the full post

How do you apply the H2020 Open Access policy in your research proposals & projects?

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Horizon 2020 logoAgro-Know has a long-time experience in the field of EU-funded research projects in the agri-food sector (but not limited to it), through its active participation and contribution. In this context, we are now trying to understand the difficulties that the agri-food research community faces regarding the acquisition of EU funds through successful proposals (e.g. for Horizon 2020 calls) and the inclusion of a Data Management Plan (DMP), according to the funder’s (European Commission) guidelines and principles.

In Horizon 2020 a limited pilot action on open access to research data will be implemented. Participating projects will be required to develop a Data Management Plan (DMP), in which they will specify what data will be open.

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