The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, has announced the launch of the second of two Open Calls under the European Innovation Partnerships Initiative (EIP). Projects developed under this Open Call will form part of the Department’s new ‘Locally-Led’ initiative, a co-funded measure proposed by Ireland under the Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020.
EIPs are a new source of EU funding, which will allow local groups and rural communities to access funding for innovative projects across the agri-food sector. The range of projects supported will be flexible, there is no ‘one-size’fits-all’ framework involved. Successful projects will develop ideas, or take existing ideas or research and put them into practice. The ultimate aim of the innovation partnerships is to road test new ideas and practices which can then be used more widely by farmers and others to improve productivity, enhance resource efficiency and pursue sustainable farming practices. A fundamental rule of EIPs is that a supported project shall be grant aided to promote forms of co-operation involving at least two entities. View full article here.View Full Article