We have a broad base of on-going policy analysis work, plus we are actively involved as a non-academic SME partner in several Horizon 2020 projects.

During 2016-2022

we are supporting evaluation of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) measures contributing to the sustainable management of natural resources and climate action. This work is undertaken on behalf of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI).  In 2017 we have prepared a detailed case study for Romania on the payment for agricultural practices beneficial for the climate and the environment (‘greening’ of direct payments).

We are currently

an important key partner in 3 Horizon 2020 projects, with a clear focus on small farms, innovation, sustainable agriculture and advisory systems: SALSA  (Small farms, small food businesses and sustainable food security), AgriLink (Agricultural Knowledge: Linking farmers, advisors and researchers to boost innovation) and LIAISON (Better Rural Innovation- Linking Actors, Instruments and Policies through Networks).

Horizon 2020

is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.