Background

This Catalogue has been developed as a joint initiative by the members of the Enterprise Europe Network – Sector Group Agrofood. The main aim is to encourage the Participation of SMEs in the Agrofood theme of Horizon2020 Programme.

A transition is needed towards an optimal and renewable use of biological resources and towards sustainable primary production and processing systems. These systems will need to produce more food, fibre and other bio-based products with minimised inputs; environmental impact and greenhouse gas emissions, and with enhanced ecosystem services, zero waste and adequate societal value. Agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, together with the bio-based industries, are integral parts of the European economy and society. Relying on the use of limited natural resources, these sectors produce and process biological resources to satisfy the demand of consumers and a wide range of industries for food, feed, bio-energy and bio-based products. While they enhance Europe’s self-reliance and provide jobs and business opportunities essential for rural, coastal and marine areas, these sectors are also facing significant challenges which require solutions based on research and innovation. The H2020 – Agrofood Partnerships Profiles Catalogue intends to be an effective tool to promote the participation of European SMEs, R&D groups and Technological centres at European Funding Programmes.

Most of the profiles included in this Catalogue are focused to the specific topics published in the 2016-2017 calls related to Societal Challenge 2: “Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy”.

Link to SC2 Work Programme 2016-2017:

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2016_2017/main/h2020-wp1617-food_en.pdf

 

Moreover, profiles in other H2020 areas related to the agrofood sector have also been published in this catalogue. For more information on the open calls, you can access the Participants Portal’s website of the European Commission:

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/index.html


For more information on this catalogue, please contact Ms. Cristina Cabeza, Enterprise Europe Network – CESEAND, cristina.cabeza@juntadeandalucia.es or +34 955 045 811


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Sector Group Agrofood

The agrofood industry is the largest manufacturing sector in Europe. This is a complex sector, composed by a large number of SMEs with very different profiles, lengths, and business areas. Innovation plays in this sector a key role to be competitive, but due to the complexity of the sector it is necessary to make an additional effort to reach the companies taking into account the different sectors realities. This is the reason for the creation of the Agrofood Sector Group within the Enterprise Europe Network. The Agrofood Sector Group is a bottom up activity from Enterprise Europe Network partners who have in their region a high number of companies working in the agrofood sector and want to impulse their innovation process. The mission of the Agrofood Sector Group is to enhance cooperation on the agrofood area of the Enterprise Europe Network. Every member is committed to develop the ASG within their own geographical area. They are coming together in this Sector Group because they recognise the increasing potential of international activity in this industrial field, and moreover, because the service to their clients can be improved by they can serve their clients better by focusing on this specific sector. The main objective is twofold, to contribute to raising the innovation capacity of the SMEs through the information, promotion of technology transfer and business cooperation and to feedback the EC policies in the agrofood sector with the real interests of the industry.