Stimulating digital innovations through SmartAgriHubs’ open calls – PREPARE, RESTART & EXPAND
In July 2020, SmartAgriHubs opened the RESTART and EXPAND open calls, assigning up to €5,000,000 funding for Digital Innovation Hubs that are supporting diverse stakeholders in the agri-food economy. On 18 March 2021, SmartAgriHubs announced the launch of a new open call, PREPARE, for which €1,200,000 is allocated.
Why should the organic sector take part?
Digital innovations implemented throughout the organic value chain have a huge potential to contribute to the current and future societal challenges.
SmartAgriHubs’ open call is also a unique chance to connect with a wider community and exchange on latest knowledge and expertise.
How to participate?
This open call targets Digital Innovation Hubs1 (DIHs) that are supporting organisations in the planning and definition of Innovation Experiments for digital transformation in the Agri-food economy. DIHs can propose activities and services that support companies and/or organisations in the definition and planning of so called “Innovation Experiments”.
A specific objective of this PREPARE open call is to prepare a proposal for an Innovation Experiment that can be submitted in the EXPAND open call. The proposal should not be longer than 2 pages with one additional page with requested budget and milestones, and one other page presenting the involved DIH team.
The PREPARE Open Call will be closed on 26 May 2021. Check the PREPARE Open Call fiche for more information.
This open call will focus on hackathon type of activities that will RESTART the economy around the agri-food related sectors and affected food systems. Its objective is to generate ideas for potential Innovation Experiments that can be realised by related teams and that go beyond initial conceptual implementations.
Proposals could realise hackathons, challenges and datathons that have a direct as well as an indirect impact to mitigate effects of the corona/Covid-19 or similar (future) pandemics. Check the RESTART open call fiche for more information.
The major amount of funding will be assigned to the implementation of programmes by DIHs to support the realisation of Innovation Experiments. This shall specifically contribute to the expansion of the network of DIHs and Competence Centres (CCs) as well as making new knowledge and results from digital innovation activities available.
The EXPAND open call is specifically targeting at DIHs as the main proposers facilitating the realisation of innovation experiments. Check the EXPAND open call fiche for more information.
Timeline and submission
- Register to the SmartAgriHubs’ Innovation Portal. It will give you access to all information needed and direct communication to the community if any questions on the application arise;
- After that, start applying;
- The next deadline is 26 May 2021, 17:00 CET. Only RESTART & EXPAND will still be open after that deadline, until September 2021 (new) & June 2022 (new) respectively.
Any questions about the Open Calls?
- Read the call documents on the dedicated page of the SmartAgriHubs website;
- Read the RESTART & EXPAND FAQ;
- Watch the dedicated Q&A webinars on SmartAgriHubs’ YouTube channel.
1 Digital Innovation Hubs as defined on the Smart Agri Hubs website are public-private partnerships for innovation, providing a mix of different services to their clients. These include technology services such as R&D, provision of lab facilities, testing and validation are mainly the domain of the competence centres. Innovation ecosystem support services include community building lobbying, brokerage, knowledge sharing and advocacy. SmartAgriHubs is a €20 million EUR project under the Horizon 2020 instrument and brings together a consortium of over 164 partners in the European agri-food sector. The project aims to realise the digitisation of European agriculture by fostering an agricultural innovation ecosystem dedicated to excellence, sustainability, and success. IFOAM Organics Europe is a project partner and represents the European organic movement.
SmartAgriHubs has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 818182. This communication only reflects the author’s view. The Research Executive Agency is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information provided.