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European agri-tech project invites Irish SMEs to apply for funding

TSSG DEMETERThe Irish led European Horizon 2020 project, DEMETER, has announced the launch of its first open funding calls, DEVELOP, with a total budget of €300,000 available to SMEs. Co-ordinated by the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) in Waterford Institute of Technology, the DEMETER project aims to lead the digital transformation of the agri-food sector in Europe through the rapid adoption of advanced Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, data science and smart farming ensuring the industry’s long-term viability and sustainability.

DEVELOP, the first of two open calls in the DEMETER project, aims to attract and engage Irish start-ups and SMEs with technology products that can be implemented within the agro-business sector.

Speaking about the launch of the open call is Kevin Doolin, Director of Innovation in TSSG and project co-ordinator. “We are encouraging Irish agri-tech SME’s and start-ups to submit a proposal to the DEVELOP open call. We expect to fund between eight to twelve applications with up to €30,000 available per solution. The view of this funding is to support the integration and interoperability of technological solutions for farmers throughout Europe”.

The solutions will be centralised in the DEMETER Hub which will outline the full description of all the components, devices, services, data sources, platforms that are accessible for deployment. This will enable the co-creation of particular solutions to overcome farmers needs and challenges. Twenty pilot projects are currently running in DEMETER to demonstrate and evaluate how innovations and extended capabilities benefit from the interoperability mechanisms. These pilots cover a wide spectrum of sectors such as arable crops, irrigated crops, fruit production and livestock including poultry, dairy, animal welfare.

Applications for the first of the DEMETER Open Calls must address one of the following challenges:

Topic 1: Soil workability and humidity monitoring

Topic 2: Interoperable Geo Tagged Photo APP

Topic 3: ISOBUS enabler

Topic 4: Blockchain-based solutions for agricultural applications

Topic 5: DEMETER Business process integration

The DEVELOP Open Call closes on the 18th of November 2020 (17.00 CET).

More information on the Open Calls and how to apply is available at https://h2020-demeter.eu/open-call/. Applications can be made via the F6S platform at https://www.f6s.com/demeterh2020/apply


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