CALL: RURAL RENAISSANCE
Call identifier: H2020-RUR-2018-2020 Publication date: 27 October 2017
Call summary and aims
The Rural Renaissance call will enhance the natural, social, cultural and economic potential of rural areas[[For the purpose of this call, the term "rural" is understood in a wide sense and also includes peri-urban, remote, mountain and coastal areas, unless otherwise specified in the topic description.]] and support policy coherence. It will boost economic development, ecosystem services and entrepreneurial innovation. This will be achieved by building on diversification and modernisation strategies, improving governance models, supporting innovative food and non-food[[Non-food chains include wood.]] value chains, and capitalising on local assets, including human natural and cultural capital.
The call will renew relevant policies dealing with rural areas and their analytical support tools. It will develop synergies between the main economic sectors of rural areas, strengthen the sustainable development of food and non-food chains making use of territorial assets, support the development of the circular economy in rural areas, develop a comprehensive approach towards digitisation as an enabler of rural economies, improve the agricultural knowledge and innovation systems (AKIS) in Europe so as to boost innovation and the delivery of the European Innovation Partnership "Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (so-called EIP-AGRI).
Activities under the RUR call will be instrumental in implementing the Focus Areas "Digitising and transforming European industry and services" and "Connecting economic and environmental gains – the Circular Economy". Also, to a lesser extent, they will contribute to the Focus Area "Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future".
The actions are expected to support Europe's endeavours to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 9 'Industry, innovation and infrastructure', SDG 11 'Sustainable cities and communities', SDG 12 'Responsible consumption and production', SDG 13 'Climate action' and SDG 15 'Life on land'.
Societal Challenge 2 will co-finance with LEIT-ICT the topic DT-ICT-08-2019 "Agricultural digital integration platforms" with €15 million. In addition, Societal Challenge 2 will co-finance with LEIT-ICT the topic DT-ICT-09-2020 "Digital service platforms for rural economies.
This call is expected to continue in 2020.
From farm to society: understanding dynamics and modernising policies
The following paragraph is relevant for the entire 'From farm to society: understanding dynamics and modernising policies' section of the Work Programme, i.e. topics RUR-01-2018-2019 to RUR-04-2018-2019 inclusive.
The objective is to better understand the assets and long-term drivers of rural territories and land use and establish how they are impacted by current policies. The design of innovative policy instruments/approaches and governance models through which to improve socio-economic and environmental conditions will be addressed. This includes activities on policies impacting the delivery of ecosystem services and public goods.
Organising sustainable food and non-food value chains under changing conditions
The following paragraph is relevant for the entire 'Organising sustainable food and non-food value chains under changing conditions' section of the Work Programme, i.e. topics RUR-05-2020 to LC-RUR-11-2019-2020 inclusive.
The objective is to boost the development of innovative and sustainable food and non-food chains and services to support the diverse needs of communities and businesses, in a responsible and ethical way, hence fostering sustainable growth and jobs in rural areas and connecting territories (e.g. coastal-inland, rural-urban). This part will include activities related to the Focus Area "Connecting economic and environmental gains – the Circular Economy".
Taking advantage of the digital revolution
The following paragraph is relevant for the entire 'Taking advantage of the digital revolution' section of the Work Programme, i.e. topics DT-RUR-12-2018 to RUR-14-2018 inclusive.
ICT tools can play a key role in rural growth through a variety of impacts such as increased efficiency and competitiveness, social inclusion, new business models and opportunities, modernisation of services, renewal of governance models through, for example, improved participation of society. This call section will explore the conditions under which benefits of ICT applications can be maximized. This part will include activities related to the Focus Area "Digitising and transforming European industry and services".
Boosting innovation and enhancing the human and social capital in rural areas
The following paragraph is relevant for the entire 'Boosting innovation and enhancing the human and social capital in rural areas' section of the Work Programme, i.e. topics RUR-15-2018-2019-2020 to RUR-17-2020 inclusive.
The objective is to support sustainable growth by encouraging innovation. This involves two main strands of activities: 1) strengthening the skills, human and social capital of farmers, foresters and rural dwellers by improving cooperation, knowledge transfer and networking; 2) investing into the knowledge and innovation systems to improve their delivery. In particular, support to the implementation of the EIP-AGRI "interactive innovation approach" will be provided.
22 May 2018 19:06
RUR-2018-2 first stage call
The REA Agency has now completed the evaluation of the proposals submitted to the H2020- RUR-2018-2 first stage call. The following overall thresholds were applied:
· CE-RUR-08-2018-2019-2020 (Scope A) Closing nutrient cycles. Scope A - Understanding properties and impacts of bio-based fertilisers 8.5
· RUR-01-2018-2019 (Scope B) Building modern rural policies on long-term visions and societal engagement Scope B -Renewing rural generations, jobs and farms 8
· RUR-02-2018 Socio-economic impacts of digitisation of agriculture and rural areas 9
· RUR-03-2018 Contracts for effective and lasting delivery of agri-environmental public goods 9
· RUR-04-2018-2019 (Scope A) Analytical tools and models to support policies related to agriculture and food. Scope A - Developing new models supporting policies related to agriculture 8
The results of the evaluation are as follows:
· CE-RUR-08-2018-2019-2020 - Scope A RIA: 13 submitted proposals. 3 proposals are above threshold
· RUR-01-2018-2019- Scope B RIA: 11 submitted proposals. 4 proposals are above threshold
· RUR-02-2018 RIA: 10 submitted proposals. 3 proposals are above threshold
· RUR-03-2018 RIA: 13 submitted proposals. 3 proposals are above threshold
· RUR-04-2018-2019 - Scope A RIA: 15 submitted proposals. 10 proposals are above threshold
We recently informed the applicants about the evaluation results for their proposals.
It is expected that the first grant agreements will be signed around April 2019.
Information on the selected projects will be published on CORDIS (available at http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/home_en.html) after that date.
Please note that the number of proposals that can finally be funded will depend on the finally available budget and the formal selection by the REA Agency.
For questions, please contact the Research Enquiry Service (available at http://ec.europa.eu/research/enquiries)
05 March 2018 11:26
An overview of the number of proposals submitted is now available under the ‘Topic conditions & documents’ section on the topic page.
23 January 2018 17:31
The topics DT-RUR-12-2018 and RUR-14-2018 now correctly dispose of the rectified PART B template, which includes the sub-sections on financial support to third parties, under chapter 4.2.
11 December 2017 17:15
For the following two-stage topics (i.e. CE-RUR-08-2018-2019-2020; RUR-01-2018-2019; RUR-02-2018; RUR-03-2018; RUR-04-2018-2019) the first stage proposal template is available. Please the topic page for more information.
- 31 October 2017 00:34 The submission session is now available for: RUR-15-2018-2019-2020(CSA), RUR-13-2018(CSA), RUR-01-2018-2019(CSA), DT-RUR-12-2018(IA), RUR-14-2018(IA), RUR-09-2018(CSA)
- 31 October 2017 00:34 The submission session is now available for: CE-RUR-08-2018-2019-2020(RIA), RUR-04-2018-2019(RIA), RUR-02-2018(RIA), RUR-03-2018(RIA), RUR-01-2018-2019(RIA)
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