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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.

How to get information on the projects?

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

  • Following CORDIS news related to agriculture or societal challenge 2 "Food"
  • Reading specialised publications in the Knowledge-Based-bio-economy (KBBE) e-library

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


Which are the projects supported by Horizon 2020?

Over 360 projects financed under Societal challenge 2 have already started (including SME projects). The complete list can be found here on CORDIS. SC2 collaborative projects from calls 2014 and 2015 are also featured in a catalogue. We list below projects of main interest for research and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural development which were selected under the calls 2014 (started in early 2015), 2015 (started in early 2016) and 2016 (single-stage only, started end of 2016 or early 2017). You will also find here projects funded under other parts of Horizon 2020 (ICT, climate, environment etc.) which are of direct interest to agriculture. The full list of projects supported by the Bio-based industries joint undertaking (BBI-JU) is accessible here.

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. MAA project are indicated below with (MAA).


Horizontal support to policies

  • SUFISA - Sustainable finance for sustainable agriculture and fisheries: website - CORDIS (2014)
  • SUSFANS - Metrics, Models and Foresight for European Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security: website - CORDIS (2014)
  • PROIntensAfrica - Towards a long-term Africa-EU partnership to raise sustainable food and nutrition security in Africa: website - CORDIS (2014)
  • SALSA - Small farms, small food businesses and sustainable food security: website - CORDIS (2015)
  • SURE-Farm - Towards SUstainable and REsilient EU FARMing systems: websiteCORDIS (2016)


Creating value from land - sustainable primary production

Resource management


  • iSQAPER (MAA) - Interactive Soil Quality Assessment in Europe and China for Agricultural Productivity and Environmental Resilience: website - CORDIS (2014)
  • LANDMARK (MAA) - LAND Management: Assessment, Research, Knowledge base: website - CORDIS (2014)
  • SOILCARE (MAA) - Soil Care for profitable and sustainable crop production in Europe: website - CORDIS (2015)

Water and nutrient management

  • FATIMA (MAA) - FArming Tools for external nutrient Inputs and water Management: website - CORDIS (2014)
  • FERTINNOWA (MAA) - Transfer of INNOvative techniques for sustainable WAter use in FERtigated crops: website - CORDIS (2015)
  • SolACE  (MAA) - Solutions for improving Agroecosystem and Crop Efficiency for water and nutrient use: websiteCORDIS
  • CRICASA - Coordination of International Research Cooperation on soil CArbon Sequestration in Agriculture: websiteCORDIS (2017)


  • NoAW (MAA) - Innovative approaches to turn agricultural waste into ecological and economic assets: websiteCORDIS (2015)
  • AgroCycle (MAA) - Sustainable techno-economic solutions for the agricultural value chain: websiteCORDIS (2015)

Genetic resources

  • DIVERSIFOOD (MAA) - Embedding crop diversity and networking for local high quality food systems: website - CORDIS (2014)
  • TRADITOM (MAA) - Traditional tomato varieties and cultural practices: a case for agricultural diversification with impact on food security and health of European population: website - CORDIS (2014)
  • G2P-SOL - Linking genetic resources, genomes and phenotypes of solanaceous crops: websiteCORDIS (2015)
  • TREASURE (MAA) - Diversity of local pig breeds and production systems for high quality traditional products and sustainable pork chains: website - CORDIS (2014)
  • IMAGE - Innovative Management of Genetic Resources (animal gene bank management): websiteCORDIS (2015)
  • GenTree - Optimising the management and sustainable use of forest genetic resources in Europe: website - CORDIS (2015)
  • LIVESEED (MAA) - Improve performance of organic agriculture by boosting organic seed and plant breeding efforts across Europe: websiteCORDIS (2016)

Sustainable crop production

  • NEURICE (MAA) - New commercial EUropean RICE (Oryza sativa) harbouring salt tolerance alleles to protect the rice sector against climate change and apple snail (Pomacea insularum) invasion: website - CORDIS (2015)
  • GoodBerry (MAA) - Improving the stability of high-quality traits of berry in different environments and cultivation systems for the benefit of European farmers and consumers: website - CORDIS (2015)
  • TomGEM (MAA) - A holistic multi-actor approach towards the design of new tomato varieties and management practices to improve yield and quality in the face of climate change: websiteCORDIS (2015)
  • Protein2food - Development of high quality food protein through sustainable production and processing: website - CORDIS (2014)
  • BREEDCAFS - BREEDing Coffee for AgroForestry Systems: websiteCORDIS (2016)
  • DIVERSify (MAA) - Designing InnoVative plant teams for Ecosystem Resilience and agricultural Sustainability: websiteCORDIS – (2016)
  • EUCLEG - Breeding forage and grain legumes to increase EU's and China's protein self-sufficiency: CORDIS (2016)
  • IWMPRAISE (MAA) - Integrated Weed Management: PRActical Implementation and Solutions for Europe: websiteCORDIS (2016)
  • LEGVALUE (MAA) - Fostering sustainable legume-based farming systems and agri-feed and food chains in the EU: CORDIS (2016)
  • LIVESEED (MAA) - Improve performance of organic agriculture by boosting organic seed and plant breeding efforts across Europe: websiteCORDIS (2016)
  • ReMIX  (MAA) - Redesigning European cropping systems based on species MIXtures: CORDIS (2016)
  • TRUE (MAA) - Transition paths to sustainable legume based systems in Europe: website - CORDIS(2016)

Sustainable livestock production

  • iSAGE (MAA) - Innovation for sustainable sheep and goat production in Europe: website - CORDIS (2015)
  • SusAn - European Research Area on Sustainable Animal Production Systems: website - CORDIS (2015)
  • GenTORE (MAA) - Genomic management Tools to Optimise Resilience and Efficiency: websiteCORDIS (2016)


Plant and animal health

Animal health

  • FEED-A-GENE (MAA) - Adapting the feed, the animal and the feeding techniques to improve the efficiency and sustainability of monogastric livestock production systems: website - CORDIS (2014)
  • PARAGONE - Vaccines for animal parasites: website - CORDIS (2014)
  • SAPHIR - Strengthening Animal Production and Health through the Immune Response: website - CORDIS (2014)
  • SIRCAH - Secretariat for the International Research Consortium on Animal Health: website - CORDIS (2016)
  • DELTA-FLU - Dynamics of avian influenza in a changing world: CORDIS (2016)
  • PALE-Blu - Understanding pathogen, livestock, environment interactions involving bluetongue virus: CORDIS (2016)
  • PIGSs - Program for Innovative Global Prevention of Streptococcus suis: CORDIS (2016)

Plant health - Pest management

  • EMPHASIS (MAA) - Effective Management of Pests and Harmful Alien Species - Integrated Solutions: website - CORDIS (2014)
  • nEUROSTRESSPEP (MAA) - Novel biocontrol agents for insect pests from neuroendocrinology: website - CORDIS (2014)
  • EUCLID - EU-CHINA Lever for IPM Demonstration: website - CORDIS (2014)
  • POnTE (MAA) - Pest Organisms Threatening Europe: website- CORDIS (2014)
  • XF-ACTORS  (MAA) - Xylella Fastidiosa Active Containment Through a multidisciplinary-Oriented Research Strategy: website -CORDIS (2016)
  • MUSA  (MAA) - Microbial Uptakes for Sustainable management of major bananA pests and diseases: CORDIS (2016)
  • SolACE  (MAA) - Solutions for improving Agroecosystem and Crop Efficiency for water and nutrient use: websiteCORDIS (2016)
  • TomRes (MAA) - a novel and integrated approach to increase multiple and combined stress tolerance in plants using tomato as a model: websiteCORDIS (2016)
  • TROPICSAFE  (MAA) - Insect-borne prokaryote-associated diseases in tropical and subtropical perennial crops: CORDIS (2016)


Enhancing rural innovation: modernising rural territories and policies

New openings for rural growth

Territorial dynamics – rural policies

  • SIMRA - Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas: website - CORDIS (2015)
  • RURINNO- Social innovations in rural regions: websiteCORDIS (2015)
  • ROBUST (MAA) – Rural-urban outlooks: unlocking the synergies: websiteCORDIS (2016)
  • InnovAfrica (MAA) - Innovations in Technology, Institutional and Extension Approaches towards Sustainable Agriculture and enhanced Food and Nutritional Security in Africa: CORDIS (2016)

Sustainable food and non-food value chains

  • Strength2Food (MAA) - Strengthening European Food chain sustainability by Quality and Procurement policy: websiteTwitter - CORDIS (2015)
  • AUTHENT-NET - Food authenticity research network: website - CORDIS (2015)
  • MyToolBox (MAA) - Safe Food and Feed through an Integrated ToolBox for Mycotoxin Management: website - CORDIS (2015)
  • MycoKey (MAA) - Integrated and innovative key actions for mycotoxin management in the food and feed chain: website - CORDIS (2015)
  • DIABOLO - Distributed, integrated and harmonised forest information for bioeconomy outlooks: website - CORDIS (2014)
  • ALTERFOR (MAA) - Alternative models and robust decision-making for future forest management: website -CORDIS (2015)
  • FRESH-DEMO - Waste reduction and quality improvement of fruits and vegetables via an innovative and energy-efficient humidification/disinfection technology: website - CORDIS (2014)
  • AGROinLOG (MAA) - Demonstration of innovative integrated biomass logistics centres for the Agro-industry sector in Europe: website -CORDIS (2016)
  • Diverfarming (MAA) - Crop diversification and low-input farming across Europe: from practitioners engagement and ecosystems services to increased revenues and chain organisation: CORDIS (2016)
  • DiverIMPACTS (MAA) - Diversification through Rotation, Intercropping, Multiple cropping, Promoted with Actors and value-Chains Towards Sustainability: website - CORDIS (2016)
  • MAGIC (MAA) Marginal lands for Growing Industrial Crops: Turning a burden into an opportunity: CORDIS (2016)

Provision of public goods

  • PEGASUS - Public Ecosystem Goods And Services from land management - Unlocking the Synergies: website - CORDIS (2014)
  • PROVIDE - PROVIding smart DElivery of public goods by EU agriculture and forestry: website - CORDIS (2014)
  • FAirWAY (MAA) Farm systems that produce good Water quality for drinking water supplies: website - CORDIS (2016)
  • WATERPROTECT  (MAA) - Innovative tools enabling drinking WATER PROTECTion in rural and urban environments: website - CORDIS (2016)

Digital revolution

  • BIGDATAEUROPE - Integrating Big Data, Software and Communities for Addressing Europe’s Societal Challenges (Food pilot): website – CORDIS (2014)
  • RECAP "Reinforcing the CAP" - Personalised public services in support of the implementation of the CAP: website – CORDIS (2015)
  • CAPSELLA - Collective Awareness PlatformS for Environmentally-sound Land management based on data technoLogies and Agrobiodiversity: website – CORDIS (2015)
  • IoF2020 (MAA) - Internet of Food and Farm 2020: website – CORDIS (2016)
  • AGINFRA+ - Accelerating user-driven e-infrastructure innovation in Food Agriculture: website - CORDIS (2016)
  • E-ROSA - Towards an e-infrastructure Roadmap for Open Science in Agriculture: website –  CORDIS (2016)

Have a look at the 13 projects showcased in the result pack on precision farming.


Enhancing the human and social capital

Thematic networks

  • AGRI-SPIN (MAA) - Space for Agricultural Innovation: website - CORDIS (2014)
  • HNV-link (MAA) - High Nature Value Farming: Learning, Innovation and Knowledge: website - CORDIS (2015)
  • SMART-AKIS (MAA) - European Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS) towards innovation-driven research in Smart Farming Technology: website - CORDIS (2015)
  • AGRIFORVALOR (MAA) - Bringing added value to agriculture and forest sectors by closing the research and innovation divide: website - CORDIS (2015)
  • AFINET (MAA) - Agroforestry Innovation Networks: website - CORDIS (2016)
  • Inno4Grass (MAA) - Shared Innovation Space for Sustainable Productivity of Grasslands in Europe: website -CORDIS (2016)
  • SKIN (MAA) - Short supply chain Knowledge and Innovation Network: website -CORDIS (2016)
  • OK-Net-Arable (MAA) - Organic Knowledge Network Arable: website - CORDIS (2014)
  • FERTINNOWA (MAA) - Transfer of INNOvative techniques for sustainable WAter use in FERtigated crops: websiteCORDIS (2015)
  • WINETWORK (MAA) - Network for the exchange and transfer of innovative knowledge between European wine-growing regions to increase the productivity and sustainability of the sector: website - CORDIS (2014)
  • CERERE (MAA) - CEreal REnaissance in Rural Europe: embedding diversity in organic and low-input food systems: CORDIS (2016)
  • HENNOVATION (MAA) - Practice-led innovation supported by science and market-driven actors in the laying hen and other livestock sectors: website - CORDIS (2014)
  • EuroDairy (MAA) - A Europe-wide thematic network supporting a sustainable future for EU dairy farmers: website - CORDIS (2015)
  • 4D4F (MAA) - Data Driven Dairy Decisions 4 Farmers: website - CORDIS (2015)
  • EU PiG (MAA) - EU Pig Innovation Group: website - CORDIS (2016)
  • SheepNet (MAA) - Sharing Expertise and Experience towards sheep Productivity through NETworking: website - CORDIS (2016)

On-farm demonstrations

  • AgriDemo-F2F (MAA) - Building an interactive AgriDemo-Hub community: enhancing farmer to farmer learning: websiteCORDIS (2016)
  • PLAID (MAA) - Peer-to-Peer Learning:  Accessing Innovation through Demonstration: websiteCORDIS (2016)
  • AgriLink (MAA) - AgriLink. Agricultural Knowledge: Linking farmers, advisors and researchers to boost innovation: CORDIS (2016)


Monitor news on Horizon 2020 website page dedicated to Agriculture and forestry and on the EIP-AGRI website.