15 Nov 2014
€4 million in funding is available for SME’s and web entrepreneurs to develop a large number of smart agriculture services and applications
Smart AgriFood has joined forces with the Europe-wide ICT-AGRI network to provide SMEs and web entrepreneurs with an additional €1.8M in funding to pay for expert advice and support services for the successful SMEs.
Projects are expected to provide smart solutions for specific farm operations or farm management activities. Projects may develop and implement new solutions or modify existing solutions towards use within the Future Internet framework.
The SmartAgriFood accelerator wants to fund web entrepreneurs and SMEs with new or innovative ideas for applications and services to address the lack of smart ICT tools suited for farm and wider agricultural use. New or existing applications should use FIWARE technologies (i.e. FIWARE generic enablers, specific enablers and/or domain specific platforms, most notably the FIspace platform), and should be delivered through the FIspace platform (an integrated collaboration system).
Projects are expected to address one or more of three representative farming subsectors:
- Arable Farming – large-scale, annual crop production in the open air
- Horticulture – flowers, fruits and vegetables production in greenhouses or, at a small scale, similar crops in the open air. In addition, orchards can be included.
- Livestock Farming – animal production in the open-air closed housing systems or a mix between these.
This is a joint call between SmartAgriFood and ICT – AGRI. Online application will open 15th September 2014. The closing date for applications is 15thNovember 2014.
More details see here:
Quick Start Guide http://ict-agri.eu/node/13790
FIWARE benefits for agriculture and agro-industry http://ict-agri.eu/node/13846