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Research and innovation

Enhancing human capital and boosting innovation systems

Why does research and innovation on human capital and innovation systems matter?

The need to speed-up innovation has been repeatedly emphasised in recent years and is now a core element of the European Commission’s communication on the future of food and farming.

Agricultural activity has never taken place in a static context. Yet, in the last decades, this context has become more complex with more stringent environmental requirements, more open economic conditions and associated opportunities and risks.

Beyond the primary sector, innovation in rural areas can play an important role in stimulating green and socially inclusive economic growth, mitigating geographic isolation and avoiding economic and social marginalisation.

Successful rural innovation requires human and social capital, including skills that enable actors to perform or initiate activities and links, incentives, shared values and norms that underpin the capacity of actors to trust each other and cooperate.

Funding opportunities

Horizon Europe

Calls for proposals and funding information related to agriculture, forestry and rural areas

LIFE Programme

Some human capital and innovation boost related calls may be found in this programme

Projects and results

Collaboration and jobs

Find project partners

Search and view profiles of all organisations that have received funding via the funding and tenders portal

Scientific publications, tools and databases

EU Open Data Portal

Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions. All data is free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes


You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE


Access to agriculture data from the Copernicus programme