AGRIFORVALOR will close the research and innovation divide by connecting practitioners from agriculture and forestry with research and academia as well as with associations and clusters, bio - industry, policy makers; business support organisations, innovation agencies and technology transfer intermediaries in multi-actor innovation partnership networks in order to valorize and exploit sidestream biomass resources from agriculture and forestry.
These networks will be managed by three Biomass Innovation Design Hubs, piloted in south of Spain (Andalucia), South-East Hungary and Ireland. In each of these hubs, existing research results and good practices on valorization of biomass sidestreams from agro and forest will be shared and matched with the specific needs and potentials, new grass-roots ideas collected and developed and dedicated innovation support applied to further deploy selected topics which are dealt with by multi- actor innovation partnership groups. Here, practical support in the exploitation of promising research results is complemented by assistance in business (model) development - with a tailored mix of innovation support measures offered to individual subjects.
Tailor-made innovation support tools and materials will be developed in line with the identified needs of forestry and agriculture. In each hub, Steering Committees consisting of experts on exploitation and business development will be set-up to monitor and consult the conceptualization and implementation of the trainings and support measures. Project results and experiences will be translated into recommendations for a more demand-driven research agenda as well as long-term end-user materials to feed into the EIP-AGRI.
AGRIFORVALOR thus delivers as mediator and facilitator new commercial opportunities for the agriculture and forest sector in Europe to become active partner in the sidestream biomass value chain.
AGRIFORVALOR will give a significant input for achieving a Bioeconomy in the frame of a circular economy. Through dedicated trainings for further exploitation of research and innovation results and coachings for business model development AGRIFORVALOR will deliver case studies on how to effectively and economically exploit and valorize sidestream resources as new income models for practitioners as well as for rural regions.
Through a central communication platform all practical results will be compiled in easy accessible and easy- to-read end-user materials especially for practitioners and hence a quick and vast capacity building and spill-over effect to other multi-actors in EU will be achieved.