Press Release: “Big Data Europe” addresses societal challenges with data technologies


European project makes big data technologies easy to use.

Big Data Europe project logoAcross society, from health to agriculture and transport, from energy to climate change and security, practitioners in every discipline recognize the potential of the enormous amounts of data being created every day. The challenge is to capture, manage and process that information to derive meaningful results and make a difference to people’s lives. The Big Data Europe project has just released the first public version of its open source platform designed to do just that. In 7 pilot studies, it is helping to solve societal challenges by putting cutting edge technology in the hands of experts in fields other than IT.Click to read the full post

New Horizon 2020 calls for agri-food research are on

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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

Everything about the H2020 Info Week on food security calls

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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

Call to Action: be part of the EU map of big data in agriculture and food sector


Are you working with Big Data in the agri-food sector? Share the information of your research project & institution and be a part of the European map of big data in agriculture and food.

agINFRA_logo_new2agINFRA, the community-specific research hub for agriculture and food, the BigDataEurope coordination action, and a number of supporting networks and initiatives, are creating a European map of big data in agricultural and food research.

In order to identify and document the key stakeholders and their relevant initiatives, UN FAO, Agro-Know, GODAN , Alterra WUR and other partners have joined forces in order to map the current status and future challenges on big data sources and technologies in the domains of Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine and Maritime and Inland Water Research, and the Bioeconomy.… Click to read the full post

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

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

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

Info Day on the «Marie Sklodowska-Curie» actions in Horizon 2020

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Marie Curie actions logoOn 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

Are you familiar with the Horizon 2020 Open Access policy guidelines?

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Open Access_logoAgro-Know is currently running a survey for the identification of the most important problems that coordinators, dissemination work package leaders and other work package leaders are facing regarding the implementation of the Horizon 2020 Open Access policy guidelines (PDF) in their proposals and projects in research fields of agriculture, food sciences, energy and environment. We are aiming at research project managers who need help in understanding the policy, designing and describing it in a proposal to be funded by any H2020 call and actually implementing it in the context of the research project.

The survey is still ongoing and available here.… Click to read the full post