If you are looking for funding for your agri-food research idea you should definitely look at the upcoming Horizon 2020 calls!
Horizon 2020 has already secured a budget of around €3.7 billion for the Societal Challenge 2 (SC2) on “Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy” for 2014-2020, out of which the Horizon 2020 SC2 Work Programme for 2016-2017 offers a budget of around €877 million.
The main opportunities for agriculture and forestry can be found in three main calls, each one of which includes a number of themes and each theme includes a number of topics:
Sustainable Food Security (SFS): It includes the following themes
- More resilient and resource efficient value chains (25 topics)
- Environment-smart and climate smart primary production (7 topics)
- A competitive food industry (3 topics)
- Healthy and safe foods and diets for all (5 topics)
- Support to the implementation of the EU-Africa partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (3 topics)
- Implementation of the EU-China FAB flagship initiative (5 topics)
Blue Growth (BG): It includes the following themes
- Boosting innovation for emerging Blue Growth activities (5 topics)
- Linking healthy oceans and seas with healthy people (3 topics)
- The Arctic dimension (3 topics)
- Valorizing the Mediterranean sea basin (2 topics)
Rural Renaissance (RUR): It includes the following themes
- New approaches towards policies and governance (5 topics)
- New value chains and business models (4 topics)
- Innovation and skill development (7 topics)
Bio-based innovation (BB): It includes the following themes
- Securing sustainable biomass supply for bio-based goods and services (4 topics)
- Building the “bio-based markets of the future”- mobilising stakeholders engagement (2 topics)
You can find more information about these calls, themes and topics in the corresponding Horizon 2020 call document.… Click to read the full post
UPDATE 23/11/2015: Some of the events mentioned below have been cancelled/rescheduled due to the current situation in Brussels. Check the corresponding websites for more information about the status of each event.
On the week 24-27 of November 2015, Brussels will host the info week for the new Horizon 2020 work programme 2016/2017 for Societal Challenge 2: Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, maritime and maritime inland water research and bio-economy.
Babis, Vassilis and Thodoris will be there to demonstrate the thematic aggregator in agri-food sector (agINFRA), Coordination Action Big Data Europe and the agINFRA Open Access recommendations for all the new proposals.… Click to read the full post
Agro-Know is one of the just 50 top European ICT SMEs and web entrepreneurs that were selected by SmartAgriFood (SAF) to develop smart applications and services for agriculture using FIWARE technologies following a European wide call that resulted in over 150 applications. The outcome of this collaboration is Organic-AgriWare: a FIspace-powered web application (click here to access it) that aims at serving stakeholders in organic agriculture by providing them with quality information on topics of interest to them in a user-friendly format. The app is developed with the precious contributions from ICROFS and SEGES from Denmark.
These 50 SmartAgriFood beneficiaries will have the opportunity to present their work during the SAF2 Pitch & Demo event that will take place in The Hague between 16 & 17 of September – this means tomorrow and the day after!… Click to read the full post
On March 12, 2015, an Info Day on the funding opportunities of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions in the context of the Horizon 2020 was organized by the Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH), the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, supported by the National Documentation Center (EKT) and hosted at the lovely premises of the Aristotle University Research Dissemination Center (KEDEA), at Thessaloniki, Greece. Since we at Agro-Know are putting our effort in various aspects and calls of the Horizon 2020 programme, we considered this an important event that would allow us to get in touch with the community (mostly researchers) that aims to submit proposals in the context of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions.… Click to read the full post
Praxi Network, a non-profit private organisation which links research & industry, promotes innovation & entrepreneurship and fosters transnational cooperation, organized a workshop yesterday, 21/1/2015 about the funding opportunities for IT companies through the FInish project– Future Internet Accelerator for Food, Perishables and Logistics. The workshop was facilitated by Constantine Karamanis, Production & Management Engineer Technology Transfer Consultant at Praxi Network. Agro-Know attended the workshop – we received a kind invitation from George Panagopoulos from Praxi Network and we gladly accepted it so Thodoris and Vassilis from the Business Development team were there.
The speaker was Mr.… Click to read the full post