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DRG4FOOD Open Call #1 is Now Open!

Are you a SME, a startup, or a researcher working on innovative data-driven solutions in food tracking, targeted nutrition, or consumers' food choices? If so, you're in for a treat because the #DRG4FOOD Open Call #1 is now open!


The Opportunity:

The DRG4FOOD Open Call #1 offers up to 300,000 euros in equity-free funding!


Who Should Apply?

Conference “Agricultural Engineering Community - Achieving Visions with Horizon Europe


Agricultural machine manufacturing community and stakeholders meet on 10th November 2023 in Hannover/Germany at the event organised by Manufuture Working Group on Agricultural Engineering and Technologies and ICT-AGRI-FOOD. Every interested stakeholder is welcome to join the event.


ESA Call for proposals on sustainable agriculture

The main objective of the Fixed Call for Proposals for Applications Activities in “The sustainable transformation of agriculture through digitalisation and space” is to develop space-based services and applications boosting the sustainable transformation of agriculture by taking advantage of data and innovative technologies.

EFFoST Seminar Series

Sustainable Food Systems: Connecting Expertise in Academia and Industry

This seminar series organized by the EFFoST Working Group on Sustainable Food Systems aims to
provide detailed insights into various facets of sustainability in the food sector. The seminars will
include expert talks, practical indications from industry professionals, as well as short presentations
from selected early stage researchers.

The Role of Advanced Computation, Predictive Technologies, and Big Data Analytics Related to Food and Nutrition Research: A Workshop

A two-day public workshop will explore current knowledge and practice related to the application of advanced computation, big data analytics, and high-performance computing to support scientific advances in food and nutrition research. The workshop will feature invited presentations and discussions that will focus on providing guidance to researchers and policy-makers. Specific topic areas to be considered include definitions and methodology; current applications to food and nutrition research; considerations for diversity, equity, and inclusion; and more.


1st Green ERA-HUB research funding Call

Contributions towards a sustainable and resilient agri-food system

The announcement of the 1st Green ERA-HUB Call has been published. The call will be on ‘Contributions towards a sustainable and resilient agri-food system’ and is applicable both for organic and conventional research.

ESA Call: Connected Agriculture

The ESA call provides an opportunity funding to European teams who would like to develop a service related to Connected Agriculture. Funding will be provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) for 6-month projects called ‘Kick-Starts’, which can lead to larger scale Demonstration Projects and Feasibility Studies. Kick-Starts are 75% funded by ESA for a maximum of €60K per contract. Proposed services must use satellite data or space-based technologies. Please see the ‘Authorisation of Funding’ section below to check whether your team is eligible for funding.

Fruit sunburn and heat predicition in canopies workshop

Sheet 2019 cofunded Project is organising a stakeholders workshop on the 7th of July

Short talks on:

  • heat waves projections
  • sunburn physiology on apple and grapevine
  • point cloud temperature distribution
  • fruit detection with RGBD imaging
  • canopy and fruit temperature distribution models warning IoT solution (mobile APP)



ERA-Net SusCrop video contest

The ERA- Net SusCrop is launching a video contest to actively involve EVERYBODY from across the world to reflect, communicate and inspire on ‘what sustainable crop production means to you?’
The competition is open to EVERYBODY and is supposed to activate multiple groups: school children, students, scientists, farmers/farmer-groups, and any person/group of random enthusiasts, artists (film, circus, music, digital/installation art, …), architects, social media/communication workers, etc.


The Green New Deal and Farm to Fork strategy put precision agriculture and smart farming among the main instruments for a more sustainable practice. The EU Common Agriculture Policy provides several opportunities (eg. ‘eco-schemes’, Innovation through EIP AGRI Operational Groups, different kind of Investments, etc.). Besides the many potential benefits, precision agriculture and smart farming bring also the problem of data management, data interoperability and machine interoperability.


Sustainable Synergies: Interconnected Systems for Positive Impact

The ESA call for Feasibility Studies aims to promote the operational and commercial roll-out of services addressing interconnected systems for positive impact where at least two systems considered “isolated”, including eco-systems, are operated in a synergistic manner so that externalities are re-used or recycled and with the use of at least one space assets. The intended contractors are businesses operating in one of the field (e.g. solar panel installers, for the example above) or system integrators.

Experimentation Fields Conference

On 27 and 28 April 2023, the Experimentation Fields Conference will take place in Berlin, organized by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE). At the Experimentation Fields Conference, the digital experimentation fields will present themselves and their results.

Space Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture

On 25 January 2023, the European Space Agency (ESA), alongside the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and the German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) organised an event to bring together the space and agri-food sectors with the aim of tackling joint challenges and to draw up a shared roadmap. Without action, these challenges can only get worse.

ICT-AGRI-FOOD call "More transparent agri-food systems for consumers and other stakeholders along the food value chain based on ICT-technologies”

The ERA-NET ICT-AGRI-FOOD 2022 Joint Call for research proposals was closed on 26 September 2022. A total number of 17 proposals has been submitted.

The submitted full-proposals have focused on the following three thematic areas: