Newsletter 4, December 2013 by the EIP-AGRI Service Point
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EIP-AGRI Workshop full: Follow it online

On 14 January 2014 the European Commission is organising a workshop ‘Connecting Research and Practice – Opportunities for Innovation in Agriculture and Rural Areas under Horizon 2020’ workshop in Brussels, Belgium. The workshop will focus on how to apply to the 11 December call for Horizon 2020 projects with a particular emphasis on the calls for Multi Actor Projects and Thematic Networks. Due to an enormous interest, it is unfortunately no longer possible to register.  However, there will be live web streaming from the event and online participants will be able to ask questions live via twitter, SMS or e-mail. More information will be made available on the workshop page on our website and communicated via twitter, LinkedIn and a newsflash. Find more here

Find out more about Horizon 2020

The Horizon 2020 call was published on 11 December and can be found on the Horizon 2020 website. The EIP-AGRI Service Point has published a fact sheet on Horizon 2020, which deals specifically with the calls for multi-actor projects and thematic networks. Download the fact sheet here

Looking for partners?

The EIP-AGRI Service Point has launched a LinkedIn group called “Partner Search Horizon 2020: Food security, sustainable agriculture, forestry and bio-economy” to help farmers, researchers, private sector, and other interested parties find partners for multi-actor projects or thematic network projects under Horizon 2020. Join the already 210+ members and speed up your search for the right partner for your project.
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Programming Innovation in Rural Development

On 25-26 November, DG AGRI in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection organised a two day seminar in Berlin for 140 participants from the Rural Development Managing Authorities and the Agricultural Knowledge Information Systems group of the SCAR. The event provided more information about how to programme and organise calls for Operational Groups, how to integrate science and research into the programmes and how motivate people to set up Operational Groups including the use of Innovation Support Services.  
You can read the conclusions and download all background information, opening and closing speeches and an article via this link.

Innovation Support Services 

As of 2014 Rural Development funding will be available for Operational Groups (OGs) to work on practical innovation projects.

Innovation support services can play a key role in capturing grassroots ideas from practitioners, finding the right partners and funding - in short, in getting many worthwhile projects off the ground.

Find out more on the role of Innovation Support Services in the fact sheet and read all about how this can be funded.

Download the fact sheet here.

How can we help you?

The EIP-AGRI Service Point was launched earlier this year and is developing a number of activities which will help facilitate the EIP network. 

Providing information about funding opportunities, ongoing research and innovation projects, and on how to find project partners are just a few of the many different activities of the Service Point.

Read all about the services, and how the Service Point can help you via this link.

As well as via the monthly newsletter, you can follow the Service Point on Twitter @EIPAGRI_SP to receive news on the EIP-AGRI and/ or join us on LinkedIn.


The Commission is looking for Horizon 2020 evaluators

The European Commission is inviting people inside and outside the scientific community to join the list of evaluators for projects under Horizon 2020. The Commission is looking to expand its database with evaluators having experience in multi-actor projects where scientific and practical knowledge are combined. More information about requirements and how to join here.

Three new focus groups 

As of January 2014, three new Focus Groups will hold their first meeting. They will work on solutions related to IPM for brassica, cooperation models in genetic resources and soil organic matter content in Mediterranean regions. Find out more on the Focus Groups’ tasks and their members: 

Focus Group Genetic resources
Focus Group Integrated pest management (IPM): focus on Brassica species
Focus Group Soil organic matter content in Mediterranean regions

Best practice: PURE



The PURE project is a good example of what a multi-actor project under Horizon 2020 might look like. It has made an effort to involve farmers and advisers with a good knowledge on farming practice right from the start, and all along the research process, to achieve so-called co-innovation, built on a combination of practical knowledge and research results. Read more.

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