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TOPIC : Thematic Networks compiling knowledge ready for practice

Topic identifier: RUR-10-2016-2017
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
Opening date:
04 October 2016
Deadline: 14 February 2017 17:00:00

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
Opening date:
27 October 2015
Deadline: 17 February 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Despite the continued generation of knowledge through scientific projects, research results are often insufficiently exploited and taken up in agricultural practice, and innovative ideas and methods from practice are not captured and spread. National and sectoral agricultural knowledge and innovation systems (AKISs) are insufficiently connected to fully meet this challenge. In view of fostering economically viable and sustainable agriculture and forestry, it is essential to close the research and innovation divide and to act at EU level. More cooperation is needed between researchers, advisors, farmers/foresters and other actors in the supply chain to stimulate knowledge exchange so as to optimise resource use and smooth the transition to a knowledge-driven agriculture. Thematic networks are a key element in the implementation of the EIP Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI) with a view to fostering cross-border knowledge exchange and they may enable links being established with and between the EIP-AGRI Operational Groups supported under rural development programmes.


The activities of thematic networks include summarising, sharing and presenting, in a language easily understandable for agricultural/forestry practitioners, existing best practices and research results that are near to be put into practice, but not sufficiently known by practitioners. To this end, the networks shall involve a wide range of actors covering both science and agricultural/forestry practice on the specific themes, e.g. scientists, farmers/farmers' groups, advisory services. Also EIP Operational Groups and interactive innovation groups operating in the context of the EIP-AGRI, enterprises or supply chain actors should be involved if relevant for the chosen theme. The specific themes of the networks, which may be chosen 'bottom-up', should contribute to a more competitive and sustainable agriculture and forestry. They must focus on the most urgent needs of specific agricultural or forestry production sectors, or on important or promising cross-sectoral issues, including where primary production needs to improve its linkages to the supply chain. A comprehensive description of the state of the art on the chosen theme should explain the added value of the proposal, the relevance of the theme and how it avoids duplication with existing or completed projects and networks. The resulting easily accessible end-user material should be substantial in number and feed into the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) 'Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability' for broad dissemination to agricultural/forestry practitioners. In the exceptional event that minor testing of specific solutions would be needed, a maximum of 20% of the project budget may be used for this purpose. Proposals should fall under the concept of the 'multi-actor approach'[1].

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of up to EUR 2 million per network would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude the submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

This action should contribute to the successful deployment of the vast reservoir of existing scientific and practical knowledge on the chosen theme, and improve knowledge exchange between scientists and practitioners on agricultural and forestry practices. Impact can be measured on the basis of:

  • the collection and provision, through the main existing dissemination channels most used by practitioners, of easily accessible practice-oriented knowledge on the thematic areas, so that the material (including material for training and educational purposes) remains available in the long term, beyond the project period;
  • greater user acceptance of collected solutions and more intensive dissemination to end-users;
  • increased flow of practical information between geographical areas in Europe concerned by the themes(also taking account of the differences between the territories); and
  • support for the implementation of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) 'Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability', through interaction with Operational Groups, and in particular through the delivery of a substantial number of “practice abstracts” in the common EIP-AGRI format[2], including audio-visual material wherever possible.

[1]See definition of the 'multi-actor approach' in the introduction to this Work Programme part.

[2]The common format for practitioners is available at:

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects (follow the links to China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan).

  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme

    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

    Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

    Information on the outcome of two-stage evaluation:
          For stage 1: maximum 3 months from the deadline for submission.
          For stage 2: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.
  5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Coordination and Support Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template
    Standard evaluation form
    H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement

  6. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.

    Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

  7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.
  8. Additional documents

 9. Please note that the topic  RUR10 will open again on 4/10/2016 with the deadline of  14/02/2017, subject to the final decision on 2017 budget appropriations.

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