CALL: RURAL RENAISSANCE
Call identifier: H2020-RUR-2018-2020 Publication date: 27 October 2017
Call summary and aims
The Rural Renaissance call will enhance the natural, social, cultural and economic potential of rural areas[[For the purpose of this call, the term "rural" is understood in a wide sense and also includes peri-urban, remote, mountain and coastal areas, unless otherwise specified in the topic description.]] and support policy coherence. It will boost economic development, ecosystem services and entrepreneurial innovation. This will be achieved by building on diversification and modernisation strategies, improving governance models, supporting innovative food and non-food[[Non-food chains include wood.]] value chains, and capitalising on local assets, including human natural and cultural capital.
The call will renew relevant policies dealing with rural areas and their analytical support tools. It will develop synergies between the main economic sectors of rural areas, strengthen the sustainable development of food and non-food chains making use of territorial assets, support the development of the circular economy in rural areas, develop a comprehensive approach towards digitisation as an enabler of rural economies, improve the agricultural knowledge and innovation systems (AKIS) in Europe so as to boost innovation and the delivery of the European Innovation Partnership "Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (so-called EIP-AGRI).
Activities under the RUR call will be instrumental in implementing the Focus Areas "Digitising and transforming European industry and services" and "Connecting economic and environmental gains – the Circular Economy". Also, to a lesser extent, they will contribute to the Focus Area "Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future".
The actions are expected to support Europe's endeavours to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 9 'Industry, innovation and infrastructure', SDG 11 'Sustainable cities and communities', SDG 12 'Responsible consumption and production', SDG 13 'Climate action' and SDG 15 'Life on land'.
Societal Challenge 2 will co-finance with LEIT-ICT the topic DT-ICT-08-2019 "Agricultural digital integration platforms" with €15 million. In addition, Societal Challenge 2 will co-finance with LEIT-ICT the topic DT-ICT-09-2020 "Digital service platforms for rural economies.
This call is expected to continue in 2020.
From farm to society: understanding dynamics and modernising policies
The following paragraph is relevant for the entire 'From farm to society: understanding dynamics and modernising policies' section of the Work Programme, i.e. topics RUR-01-2018-2019 to RUR-04-2018-2019 inclusive.
The objective is to better understand the assets and long-term drivers of rural territories and land use and establish how they are impacted by current policies. The design of innovative policy instruments/approaches and governance models through which to improve socio-economic and environmental conditions will be addressed. This includes activities on policies impacting the delivery of ecosystem services and public goods.
Organising sustainable food and non-food value chains under changing conditions
The following paragraph is relevant for the entire 'Organising sustainable food and non-food value chains under changing conditions' section of the Work Programme, i.e. topics RUR-05-2020 to LC-RUR-11-2019-2020 inclusive.
The objective is to boost the development of innovative and sustainable food and non-food chains and services to support the diverse needs of communities and businesses, in a responsible and ethical way, hence fostering sustainable growth and jobs in rural areas and connecting territories (e.g. coastal-inland, rural-urban). This part will include activities related to the Focus Area "Connecting economic and environmental gains – the Circular Economy".
Taking advantage of the digital revolution
The following paragraph is relevant for the entire 'Taking advantage of the digital revolution' section of the Work Programme, i.e. topics DT-RUR-12-2018 to RUR-14-2018 inclusive.
ICT tools can play a key role in rural growth through a variety of impacts such as increased efficiency and competitiveness, social inclusion, new business models and opportunities, modernisation of services, renewal of governance models through, for example, improved participation of society. This call section will explore the conditions under which benefits of ICT applications can be maximized. This part will include activities related to the Focus Area "Digitising and transforming European industry and services".
Boosting innovation and enhancing the human and social capital in rural areas
The following paragraph is relevant for the entire 'Boosting innovation and enhancing the human and social capital in rural areas' section of the Work Programme, i.e. topics RUR-15-2018-2019-2020 to RUR-17-2020 inclusive.
The objective is to support sustainable growth by encouraging innovation. This involves two main strands of activities: 1) strengthening the skills, human and social capital of farmers, foresters and rural dwellers by improving cooperation, knowledge transfer and networking; 2) investing into the knowledge and innovation systems to improve their delivery. In particular, support to the implementation of the EIP-AGRI "interactive innovation approach" will be provided.
20 June 2018 16:32
This page aims to inform H2020 applicants that the Commission is planning to publish a new H2020 Rural Renaissance topic (RUR-20-2018).
This pre-information notice is published for information purposes only. If you are interested in applying, you are advised to wait for the publication of the call text and consult regularly the "Calls for Proposals" page.
The pre-information page also contains an indicative call publication date, call deadline and budget, and the draft topic text.
Call for proposals: H2020 – Rural Renaissance – (H2020-RUR-2018-3 single stage)
Published: July 2018 (date to be confirmed)
Total budget: EUR 10,00 million
RUR-20-2018: Digital solutions and e-tools to modernise the CAP
Specific Challenge: The EU eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020 calls on the modernisation of public administrations in Europe and improving the interaction with citizens and businesses. This modernisation aims to reduce administrative burden on stakeholders, including farmers, based on the reuse of common services. A set of cross-border services in key policy areas such as health, procurement, justice and identification have been successfully developed in the past through Large-Scale Pilots. Another key domain of application is the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
The EU's CAP delivers on a wide variety of social, environmental and economic goods. Due to its multiple dimensions, broad range of stakeholders involved and the large geographic area covered, the current governance system is complex. This results in high socio-economic costs for those involved and society at large. The current infrastructure governing the CAP direct payments (the Integrated Administration and Control Systems, IACS) which includes different realisations across Member States, contains important amounts of detailed and valuable data. However, to reduce the important gap between the use of these data currently limited to agriculture, and the potential broader uses (e.g. for monitoring environmental and climate policies) in combination with new technologies, ancillary space data and other data sources such as agri-environment-climate data while reducing socio-economic and administrative burden will require new forms of data interoperability and accessibility beyond the CAP. It is expected that the development of new cross-border services will have spill over effects for other fields of application.
Scope: The proposal should support the further development of the IACS, promoting extensive data and information flows between Member States, the European Commission and various other stakeholders through a Large-Scale Pilot.
The proposal should ensure that appropriate and relevant data collected at the source become a reliable additional input for subsequent processes of payment and performance monitoring. The cross-border dimension of this pilot is essential to define a pan-EU standardised IACS. The pilot should demonstrate how cross-border information could contribute to simplifying and rationalising the administrative process by reusing (open) data and contribute to increasing the overall social, economic and environmental performance of the CAP measures for all actors, including the farmers. The project will also identify the drivers, barriers, potential vulnerabilities and legal issues associated with implementing the new system in the EU that can be generalised to other fields of application.
The project will enable the interaction and co-creation based on the existing national systems, and will re-use if relevant existing cross-border services, in particular services operated by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) telecom programme. The free access to the foreground must be guaranteed to enable access by any Member State to the results specifications. In addition open source (EUPL "European Union Public Licence") must be used.
To demonstrate the robustness and the socio-economic benefit of the pilot, the project must test and validate the newly developed technologies and tools for at least 12 months in real conditions across different use cases. The Large-Scale Pilot shall include a minimum of six relevant national administrations (or legal entities designated to act on their behalf) from at least six different EU Member States. Projects are expected to fall under the concept of the multi-actor approach.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU up to EUR 10 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
Expected Impact: Achieve a further integration and digitisation of the EU CAP's governance infrastructure. The project shall:
· evaluate the reduction of the socio-economic costs and – barriers for a wide range of stakeholders involved in the implementation of the CAP;
· improve the potential of IACS to be used for monitoring, analyses and control, by incentivising administrations to share part of their national LPIS information with EU bodies, academia and research institutions;
· achieve a higher level of system interoperability and (meta-)data standardisation, allowing innovative ways to use and combine agri-environment-climate data;
· achieve user acceptance validation addressing privacy, security, vulnerability, liability, identification of user needs.
In the long term this pilot will contribute to a more inclusive, efficient and sustainable EU CAP.
Type of Action: Innovation Action
This draft has not been adopted or endorsed by the European Commission. Any views expressed are the views of the Commission services and may not in any circumstances be regarded as stating an official position of the Commission.
This draft is made public, before the adoption of the 2018 amendment to the work programme 2018-2020, in order to provide potential participants with information on this topic which is being included in the amended work programme. Only the adopted amended work programme will have legal value.
The adoption of the amended work programme will be announced on the Horizon 2020 website and on the Participant Portal.
Information and the topic description indicated in this draft may not appear in the final amended work programme; and likewise, new elements may be introduced at a later stage.
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For questions, please contact the Research Enquiry Service.
EU eGovernment Action Plan 2016–2020 Accelerating the digital transformation of government.pdf
 See definition of the 'multi-actor approach' in the introduction to this Work Programme part.
Available at http://ec.europa.eu/research/enquiries
08 June 2018 16:12
Call for proposals: H2020 – Rural Renaissance – Fostering innovation and business opportunities (H2020-RUR-2018-1 single stage)
The Commission and the REA Agency has now completed the evaluation of the proposals submitted to the above-mentioned call and informed the applicants the 8th June 2018. Evaluation results are summarized on the flash info under the relevant topics:
· RUR-01-2018-2019 Building modern rural policies on long-term visions and societal engagement. Scope A - Rural society-science-policy hub
· RUR-09-2018 Realising the potential of regional and local bio-based economies
· RUR-13-2018 Enabling the farm advisor community to prepare farmers for the digital age
· DT-RUR-12-2018 ICT Innovation for agriculture – Digital Innovation Hubs for Agriculture
· RUR-14-2018 Digital solutions and e-tools to modernise the CAP
· RUR-15-2018-2019-2020 Thematic networks compiling knowledge ready for practice
It is expected that the first grant agreements will be signed by September 2018.
28 May 2018 17:45
For the 2018 two-stage topics of this call (i.e. CE-RUR-08-2018-2019-2020, RUR-01-2018-2019, RUR-02-2018, RUR-03-2018 and RUR-04-2018-2019), related generalised feedbacks are published. Please see the update on the topic page.
22 May 2018 19:06
RUR-2018-2 first stage call
The REA Agency has now completed the evaluation of the proposals submitted to the H2020- RUR-2018-2 first stage call. The following overall thresholds were applied:
· CE-RUR-08-2018-2019-2020 (Scope A) Closing nutrient cycles. Scope A - Understanding properties and impacts of bio-based fertilisers 8.5
· RUR-01-2018-2019 (Scope B) Building modern rural policies on long-term visions and societal engagement Scope B -Renewing rural generations, jobs and farms 8
· RUR-02-2018 Socio-economic impacts of digitisation of agriculture and rural areas 9
· RUR-03-2018 Contracts for effective and lasting delivery of agri-environmental public goods 9
· RUR-04-2018-2019 (Scope A) Analytical tools and models to support policies related to agriculture and food. Scope A - Developing new models supporting policies related to agriculture 8
The results of the evaluation are as follows:
· CE-RUR-08-2018-2019-2020 - Scope A RIA: 13 submitted proposals. 3 proposals are above threshold
· RUR-01-2018-2019- Scope B RIA: 11 submitted proposals. 4 proposals are above threshold
· RUR-02-2018 RIA: 10 submitted proposals. 3 proposals are above threshold
· RUR-03-2018 RIA: 13 submitted proposals. 3 proposals are above threshold
· RUR-04-2018-2019 - Scope A RIA: 15 submitted proposals. 10 proposals are above threshold
We recently informed the applicants about the evaluation results for their proposals.
It is expected that the first grant agreements will be signed around April 2019.
Information on the selected projects will be published on CORDIS (available at http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/home_en.html) after that date.
Please note that the number of proposals that can finally be funded will depend on the finally available budget and the formal selection by the REA Agency.
For questions, please contact the Research Enquiry Service (available at http://ec.europa.eu/research/enquiries)
05 March 2018 11:26
An overview of the number of proposals submitted is now available under the ‘Topic conditions & documents’ section on the topic page.
23 January 2018 17:31
The topics DT-RUR-12-2018 and RUR-14-2018 now correctly dispose of the rectified PART B template, which includes the sub-sections on financial support to third parties, under chapter 4.2.
11 December 2017 17:15
For the following two-stage topics (i.e. CE-RUR-08-2018-2019-2020; RUR-01-2018-2019; RUR-02-2018; RUR-03-2018; RUR-04-2018-2019) the first stage proposal template is available. Please the topic page for more information.
- 31 October 2017 00:34 The submission session is now available for: RUR-15-2018-2019-2020(CSA), RUR-13-2018(CSA), RUR-01-2018-2019(CSA), DT-RUR-12-2018(IA), RUR-14-2018(IA), RUR-09-2018(CSA)
- 31 October 2017 00:34 The submission session is now available for: CE-RUR-08-2018-2019-2020(RIA), RUR-04-2018-2019(RIA), RUR-02-2018(RIA), RUR-03-2018(RIA), RUR-01-2018-2019(RIA)
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