Applications will be collected until 20th January 2021


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Open Call on Industrial Challenges

2020 10 agrobofood Industrial challenges OCTo boost the adoption of robotics in the agricultural sector and strengthen its network, Horizon 2020 project agROBOfood, launched its 2nd Open Call on Industrial Challenges. The Call aims at selecting approximately eight (8) Industrial Challenges that tackle a commercial need within agri-food and offer a solution based on robotic technologies.

Through this call, agROBOfood is aiming to distribute 2.7 M€ for the direct benefit of European SMEs (up to 300,000€ per proposal).

The overall concept of the Industrial Challenges is that real industry problems seek real tech solutions. The project has therefore defined 5 real industry challenges, each composed of a technical component and a complementary component:

a) The technical component requires the development or improvement of (existing) robotic technology-based solution, while

b) The complementary component requires a socio-economic analysis or assessments of complementary social, economic, environmental, or ethical aspects of the newly designed solution.

Specific information about the topics of all challenges can be found in the Guide for Applicants – Industrial Challenges and on the dedicated page.

Funding scheme of the Call

2020 10 agrobofood Industrial challenges OC 2


Eligibility Criteria:

agROBOfood Open Calls are aimed at European SMEs working in the field of agri-food and robotics. Detailed eligibility criteria are described in Guide for Applicants. Overall eligibility criteria for the agROBOfood Open Calls can be summarized as:

  • Applicants need to be SMEs;
  • Applicants need to apply individually, not as consortia;
  • The proposal must be submitted before the defined deadline;
  • Proposals shall ask for funding for the part of work not yet accomplished;
  • Current agROBOfood beneficiaries, IAB members and partners are not eligible.

Submission procedure

The entry point for the submission of all proposals to agROBOfood Open Calls will be the agROBOfood website: The Open Call for Industrial Challenges will be open until the 20th of January 2021.  

All the necessary information (Call Fiche, Guide for applicants and other relevant information) is available on agROBOfood website. For more information please refer also to the FAQ section here.

Open Call Timeline

2020 10 agrobofood Industrial challenges OC 3

In general

agROBOfood is a Horizon 2020 project aiming to build a European ecosystem for the effective adoption of robotic technologies in the agri-food sector and to support European SMEs become more efficient and competitive.

agROBOfood is aiming to consolidate, extend and strengthen the current ecosystem by connecting the world of Robotics, Agriculture, R&D and business, while creating a sustainable network of Digital Innovation Hubs which will support companies in digitization and consequently boost the uptake of robotic solutions by the agri-food sector. The heart of the project is formed by Initial Innovation Experiments that will demonstrate robotics innovations in agri-food, in a manner that ensures replicability and wide adoption across Europe.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme under the Grant Agreement No 825395.