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Grants on cooperation for the creation of the operational groups of the European Association for Innovation (AEI)

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Subvenciones en materia de cooperación para la creación y funcionamiento de los grupos operativos de la Asociación Europea para la Innovación (AEI)
Policy objectives Plus
4.2. Organisational, process and other non-R&D innovation
5.1. Cluster development
5.3. Innovation awareness-raising
Presentation of the measure:

The purpose of this measure is to promote the creation and implementation of operational groups that contribute to a sustainable agriculture. Moreover, these groups will contribute to solve specific problems and needs of agricultural and forestry operations and also to improve the agrifood companies competitiveness through the presentation and execution of innovative projects in the following fields::

  •  Productivity and sustainability of agricultural and forestry operations;
  •  Improvement of irrigation;
  •  Improvement of food quality;
  •  Increase of added value.

The Programme will be divided in two phases:

  • The creation of operative groups of the AEI will be subsidised, starting from an innovative idea through which to solve the possible problems to be faced in its scope of action;
  • The execution of the innovative project defined and designed by the operational groups constituted in the first phase will be supported.

To become a beneficiary of this call it is necessary to carry out an activity related to the agricultural or forestry sectors and to be located in Aragon.
The eligible amount of the specific project is limited to a maximum of €200,000 for investments in irrigation, and €100,000 for the other areas.

Budget, source and type of funding
National public funds
Regional public funds 4000050000400000
EU Structural Funds 1600002000001600000
Private funds
Form of funding provided
Policy learning
To what extent the measure can be considered as a success and worthy of policy learning?:
There has been a positive response by beneficiaries to the measure (e.g. over-subscribed in terms of requested versus available budget) but it is too early to judge results or impact
What are the most important “Do’s and Don’ts” that regional stakeholders should be aware of when launching a similar measure?:

This measure promotes the creation and implementation of operational groups that contribute to a sustainable agriculture by solving specific regional problems and needs related to agricultural and forestry.

Would you recommend this measure as an example of regional good practice to policy-makers from other regions ?:
Organisation(s) responsible
Evaluation report(s)