Industrial Challenges Open Call

We are looking for robotic solutions that address challenges for the agrifood sector!!

agROBOfood builds upon its' existing network and ecosystem and uses the mechanism of Open Calls to provide financial support to third parties, in order to accelerate network expansion, driven by the robotics community and the European agrifood sector. Two types of Open Calls are foreseen – two Open Calls for Innovation Experiments and one Open Call for Industrial Challenges. The Open Call for Industrial Challenges is now officially launched!

Call for Industrial Challenges

The overall concept of the Industrial Challenges is that real industry problems seek real tech solutions. In this context, the agri-food and robotics consortium partners together with the Industrial Advisory Board have defined real industry challenges/problems stemming from their portfolio. Each challenge is composed of a technical component and a complementary component. The technical component demands the development or improvement of (existing) robotic technology-based solutions The complementary component requires a socio-economic analysis or assessments of complementary social, economic, environmental, or ethical aspects of the newly designed solution. The 5 defined challenges are listed below.

Challenge 1

Can optimized spraying lead to improved environmental conditions?

Technical component: Robots for spot spraying
Complementary component: Analysis of environmental benefits of spot spraying solutions compared to existing options as well as alternative growing possibilities


Challenge 2

Can robots improve working conditions in the labour force in the fresh and processed food industry?

Technical component: Robots for logistics picking, packing and palletizing
Complementary component: Analysis of the impact of robotics in the field of food logistics on the reduction of labour force or generation of new job opportunities


Challenge 3

Are robots in the livestock industry posing ethical challenges by replacing human labour with machines?

Technical component: Robots for livestock feeding
Complementary component: Analysis of the ethical challenges and their perception when human labour is replaced by machines


Challenge 4

What added value can harvesting robots bring compared to existing machinery solutions?

Technical component: Robots for selective harvesting
Complementary component: Analysis and assessment of the exact benefits of robotic technologies compared to already existing agricultural machinery


Challenge 5

What new business opportunities do robots for cleaning livestock farms bring?

Technical component: Robots for cleaning
Complementary component: Analysis and projections of new business models including service-based business models


Eligibility Criteria
  • 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.
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Contact Info

Name Contact person European countries
Cluster Leader Erik Pekkeriet All Clusters
North East Europe Jacob Kortbek Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus
North West Europe Erik Pekkeriet The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, United Kingdom, Ireland
France & Italy Farzam Ranjbaran France, Italy
Iberia (South West) Ferran Roure Spain, Portugal
Central Eastern Europe Marko Prokin Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro
Central North Europe Ahmad Issa Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czechia, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary
East Mediterranean Europe Michael Koutsiaras Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel

Key Information of this Open Call

Category Description
Call Title Industriall Challenges Open Call
Call Identifier Industrial Challenges
Description Real industry problems seek real tech solutions.The partners with the Industrial Advisory Board have defined real industry challenges/problems stemming from their portfolio.
Type of open call NA
Publication Date 20th October 2020
Deadline 20th January 2021
Maximum amount of financial support for each project 300.000 Euros
Expected duration of project May 2021 to September 2022
Target applicants Individual Applicants/SMEs
Type of applicants Single entity