Thematic networks – Closing the research and innovation divide

Thematic networks are multi-actor projects which collect existing knowledge and best practices on a given theme to make it available in easily understandable formats for end -users such as farmers, foresters, advisors etc.

17 thematic networks are already on-going

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Networks on horizontal themes

  • 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: CORDIS (2016)
  • Inno4Grass (MAA) - Shared Innovation Space for Sustainable Productivity of Grasslands in Europe: CORDIS (2016)
  • SKIN (MAA) - Short supply chain Knowledge and Innovation Network: CORDIS (2016)

Networks on crops

  • 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)
  • EUFRUIT (MAA) - EU Fruit Network: CORDIS (2015)
  • CERERE (MAA) - CEreal REnaissance in Rural Europe: embedding diversity in organic and low-input food systems: CORDIS (2016)

Networks on livestock

  • 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
  • EU PiG (MAA) - EU Pig Innovation Group: CORDIS (2016)
  • SheepNet (MAA) - Sharing Expertise and Experience towards sheep Productivity through NETworking: CORDIS (2016)

How to apply for funding for a thematic network?

The last possibility to submit a proposal was in February 2017, under topic RUR-10-2016-2017 'Thematic networks compiling knowledge ready for practice'. The European Commission is exploring possibilities to finance additional networks under Horizon 2020 Work programme for 2018-2020.

Looking for inspiration and advice on how to build such a network? Watch the videos and presentations from the seminar "Interactive innovation in motion: multi-actor projects and thematic networks under Horizon 2020