Published on 26-10-2017 09:32:54 by AGRIFORVALOR

CakePHP The agricultural European Innovation Partnership (EIP-AGRI) is a one-stop shop for agricultural innovation in Europe. EIP-Agri works to foster competitive and sustainable farming and forestry that 'achieves more and better from less'.

It contributes to ensuring a steady supply of food, feed and biomaterials, working in harmony with the essential natural resources on which farming depends. EIPs focus on societal benefits and modernisation and support the cooperation between research and innovation partners in order to achieve better and faster results compared to existing approaches.

To complement the work of EIP-Agri, thematic networks are funded through Horizon 2020, the European Commission’s main 2014-2020 funding programme for research and innovation. Thematic networks are a special type of multi-actor project, funded by Horizon 2020, the European Commission’s framework programme for research and innovation. They bring together partners from research and practice, but rather than conducting research themselves, thematic networks collect and share existing but insufficiently used knowledge and best practices. 17 thematic networks are already up and running, 5 more should start by the end of 2017 and more are expected to be set up in the period 2018-2020. Thematic networks collect and exchange practical information and recommendations that are easy to understand and ready to apply in the field. All thematic networks produce short summaries of their main findings, which are published on the EIP-AGRI website. This will enrich the EIP-AGRI network with an abundance of ready-to-use solutions and best practices for European farming and forestry.

AgriForValor is one such thematic network. With 3 designated Biomass Innovation Design Hubs in Ireland, Andalusia and Ireland, AgriForValor collects best practices on biomass valorisation, communicating these opportunities and building innovation partnerships around specific areas of interest. This can include biomass producers, researchers, industry, policy makers and other interested parties. In Ireland, EIP-Agri is administered through the Department of Agricultural, Fisheries and the Marine (DAFM) and an overall package of €24 million funding has been set aside to support for Multi-actor Innovation Partnership groups. Applications for Expressions of Interest under the 2017 call for proposals is open until 31st October 2017.

AgriForValor has been featured as one thematic network in the recent September 2017 magazine edition of EIP-Agri “Agri Innovation”. The magazine contains a full list of thematic networks funded by H2020 between 2014-2016.