ICT-AGRI Call 2015: Enabling Precision Farming

The call is closed since 24th April 2015. Coordinators of successfull evaluated pre-proposals will be informed at the beginning of July.

Public and private institutions and companies are invited to submit pre-proposal applications for participating in transnational projects, which will contribute to enabling Precision farming in practice. National funding agencies from 13 European countries/regions are offering €5,660,000 in total to applicants. Applicants from other countries are warmly welcome to participate with own funding. Further information, match making tools and online preparation and submission of pre-proposals are available in the Calls section of the ICT-AGRI website.

The aim of the call is to fund transnational projects, which will contribute to enabling Precision Farming.

Precision Farming is a key element in sustainable intensification, i.e. increasing food production with smaller environmental footprints. Although Precision Farming has been studied and developed for more than two decades, adoption of the technology in primary agriculture is still behind expectations. There are, therefore, needs for research, development and innovation concerning the adoption of Precision Farming in primary agriculture.

 Transnational Precision Farming solutions

There are obvious advantages of addressing these needs in transnational projects. Improvements of compatibility require standardisation, de jure or de facto, on the European and even international scale. The large development costs of PF solutions are a hindrance for profitable innovation by enterprises on a national or regional market. It is vital to establish methods for adapting PF solutions to national or regional conditions,

Themes and topics:

  • Methodologies for transnational Precision Farming solutions
    • Compatibility and interoperability of the components in PF solutions
    • Cost-benefit analysis of PF solutions
  • Implementation of transnational Precision Farming solutions
    • Variable rate application of fertilisers, water or pesticides
    • Controlled traffic farming
    • Precision Livestock Farming