Ensuring a sustainable and resilient food supply in the face of climate change requires all hands-on deck. The ECO-READY project will develop a real-time surveillance system, an Observatory offered as an e-platform and as a mobile application. This will function as the necessary singular source of information, provide real-time assessments for the food system, and update forecasts frequently and consistently.
The Observatory will be available to society, policymakers, the scientific community, and the agri-food industry, and integrated with a network of at least 10 Living Labs, supported through the third-party funding process, covering all bioclimatic regions in Europe, forming the ECO-READY project knowledge infrastructure.
ECO-READY will use AI to develop early warning systems and decision support tools. This will involve European farmers and society’s interests in policymaking, increasing awareness for climate-adaptive and mitigating agri-food products. The Observatory smart application will empower citizens to engage in policy making and interact with the scientific community, farmers, and industry, driving change in consumption habits.
The ECO-READY Open Call for establishing a Living Labs Network aims to attract scientific, community and commercial agri-food stakeholders including EU ministries and agencies for education, agriculture, environment, farmers, farm advisor organizations, industry, retail and consumer representatives, research and innovation collaboration networks, academia and civil society organizations.
The Open Call will be open from 31/05/2023 until 30/09/2023.
Eligible stakeholders to participate in the call for third party funding and establish Living Labs include EU ministries and agencies for education, agriculture, and environment, farmers and farm advisor organizations, industry, retail and consumer representatives, research and innovation collaboration networks, academia and civil society organizations.
The LLs must be composed of 2-5 partners and at least:
Partners in the LLs should be specialized in one or more of the following sectors:
The Living Labs will:
The sub-projects performed by the selected Living Labs will last for 24 months and will be divided into 3 phases:
The ECO-READY application form is available on the Open Call Hub platform , which is the unique entry point for all application submissions to the first ECO-READY Open Call. Submissions received through any other channel will be automatically discarded.
Applications must be submitted in English and before the official deadline: 30th of September 2023.
Documents required in subsequent phases will be submitted via dedicated channels, which will be indicated by the ECO-READY consortium in the contracting phase.
The funds provided through the Open Call come directly from the funds of the Horizon Europe Project ECO-READY, which is funded by the European Commission under Grant Agreement Number 101084201.
In order to receive funding, any selected proposal will sign a dedicated Sub-Grant Agreement with the ECO-READY consortium.
The implementation of sub-projects performed by the selected Living Labs will last for 24 months and will be divided into 3 phases:
Each of the 3 phases will be completed with submission of deliverables, which summarized the work done during that phase, namely an Activity plan resulting from Phase 1, Demonstration of results /outcomes as a result of Phase 2, and a Final report with a sustainability plan as a result of Phase 3.
The Eco-Ready consortium is a collaborative powerhouse of expertise. It brings together leaders in food security, biodiversity, climate change impacts, food systems vulnerability, and adaptation modeling, as well as social sciences and consumer research. With a proven track record of co-creation and stakeholder engagement, Eco-Ready effectively communicates with policymakers, businesses, scientists, consumers, and society as a whole. This project is committed to its goal of driving positive changes for a sustainable future.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s HORIZON-CL6-2022 research and Innovation programme under grant agreement N◦101084201.