Coordination of ICT and Robotics in Agriculture
and Related Environmental Issues
Belgium Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Latvia Malta Netherlands Ireland Israel Italy Spain Switzerland Turkey - Cyprus Poland Romania Slovakia Sweden United Kingdom

ICT-AGRI Project Summary

Farmer with computer The ICT-AGRI project is funded by the European Commission's ERA-NET scheme under the 7th Framework Programme for Research. The objective of an ERA-NET scheme is to develop and strengthen the European Research Area by facilitating practical initiatives to coordinate regional, national and European research programmes in specific fields.
ICT-AGRI began on 1 May 2009 and will be running for 51 months. The Project Consortium is comprised by 18 partners and 12 observer organisations cover 20 countries ensuring a unique platform for building and maintaining international collaborations and networks.

The overall goal of ICT-AGRI is to strengthen the European research in the area and develop a common European research agenda concerning ICT and robotics in agriculture, and to follow up with calls based on funds from the participating countries’ national research programmes. The first call is expected to be launched in 2010. The purpose is also to pool fragmented human and financial resources, in order to improve both the efficiency and the effectiveness of Europe’s research efforts.

More specifically the objectives of the ERA-NET ICT-AGRI are:
  • Mapping and analysis of existing research and future needs    
  • Development of instruments and procedures for transnational funding activities  
  • Development of strategic transnational research agenda and programmes  
  • Establishing and maintaining of international collaborations and networks
ICT-AGRI will help coordinating European research in ICT and robotics and develop common research agenda based on shared priorities. New technologies are rapidly emerging and will be capable of revolutionising farming in the near future. ICT-AGRI is supporting the development and implementation of these new technologies for a competitive, sustainable and environmentally friendly agriculture.

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