In response to the Promotion of Agricultural Products AGRIP-SIMPLE-2022 and AGRIP-MULTI-2022 calls, the European Research Executive Agency (REA) received 157 proposals by the deadline of 21 April 2022. Applicants from 21 countries have applied for funding under the two calls.
There is a total available budget of €176.4 million to fund the promotion of agricultural products projects for 2022. The projects aim to enhance the competitiveness of the EU’s agricultural sector, while seeking to open new market opportunities and strengthen existing businesses.
The projects should target activities that are in line with the ambitions of the European Commission. These include the European Green Deal, the Farm to Fork strategy and Europe’s beating cancer plan. In addition, objectives such as the EU organic action plan and the Communication on the European citizens' initiative ‘End the cage age’ should be focused on. Campaigns will also highlight the high safety standards of EU agri-food products, as well as the diverse and traditional range of products supported by EU quality schemes. A special emphasis is put on sustainability aspects, as well as on organic production.
Projects will be selected for funding with the support of independent external expert evaluators, drawn from the European Commission's experts' database. Evaluations are expected to start in June, and the selection results will be announced in the autumn of this year.
REA will start signing grant agreements with successful applicants for the AGRIP-MULTI-2022 as of September 2022. Grant agreement signings for the AGRIP-SIMPLE-2022 will be managed by national authorities in charge of promotional activities in EU Member States. This is set to take place after the adoption of the European Commission’s decision expected this autumn.
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