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Research and innovation

The EU has financed many agriculture and forestry research and innovation projects through previous Framework programmes. Since early 2015, many projects have been supported by Horizon 2020.

Project information

You can get information on former and on-going agriculture, forestry and rural European research and innovation projects by:

  • following CORDIS news related to agriculture or societal challenge 2 "Food"

Many platform and networking initiatives were launched under the last programming period and before.

For innovation projects funded under the common agricultural policy, find more information on the EIP-AGRI website.

Horizon 2020 projects

Around 700 financed under Societal challenge 2 have already started (including SME projects). Out of these, around 170 projects are projects of interest to agriculture, forestry and rural areas. These have been clustered into 12 main themes and grouped into easy to read AgriResearch factsheets.

Factsheets on EIP-AGRI and H2020 activities of interest for agriculture and rural areas (soils, water health, ecological approaches, ICT, etc)

One of the novelties introduced by H2020 was the multi actor approach (MAA). This approach aims at more demand-driven innovation by the genuine and sufficient involvement of various actors (farmers/farmers' groups, fishers/fisher's groups, advisors, enterprises, etc.) throughout the project. The EU will invest around EUR 1 billion into 180 multi-actor projects under Horizon 2020 (2014-2020). 106 have already started.

Read also the full list of projects supported by the Bio-based industries joint undertaking (BBI-JU).