SmartAgriHubs – Open Call ‘Respond’ to COVID-19 is open!
SmartAgriHubs is a €20 M EU project under the Horizon 2020 instrument and brings together a consortium of well 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.
The SmartAgriHubs project is launching its first Open Call today. The Respond Open Call is open between the 12th of May and the 3rd of June 2020.
In the light of the current COVID-19 crisis, it is essential to further stimulate the development of digital innovations which can tackle the challenges currently faced by the Agrifood sector. Considering this, SmartAgriHubs has investigated the possibilities for funding research that helps our sector in these trying times. Can digital innovation help mitigate the consequences of COVID-19? SmartAgriHubs respond open call focuses on the organisation and realisation of hackathon type of activities and the proposal of immediate technological solutions that will respond to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, and use potential opportunities to fight against the pandemic.
If your parties want to participate in this open call, there are two possibilities, either for Digital Innovation Hubs or Small & Medium Enterprises:
• For Digital Innovation Hubs: Proposals must include at least one DIH. SmartAgriHUbs considers that proposals requesting a contribution from 10.000 to 30.000 Euros would allow to support the realities of activities appropriately.
• For Small and Medium Enterprises, including Start-ups: Proposals are submitted by SMEs/Start-ups aiming at the direct realization of digital innovations mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the agri-food sector. SmartAgriHubs considers that proposal requesting a contribution from €30,000 to €50,000 would allow to support the realization of activities appropriately.