Research funding for digitalisation in livestock farming
Through the call, the BMEL has acquired 13 collaborative projects, which will be funded with a total of around 12.5 million euros. The aim of the call is to use digital solutions to improve animal health and welfare, reduce the workload of farmers and increase traceability along the livestock value chain.
Within the framework of the Innovation Promotion Programme, the BMEL supports application-oriented research and development projects that realise internationally competitive products, processes and services on the basis of new scientific findings. The BLE supervises the projects as project management agency.
Networking actors and transferring knowledge
To accompany the announcement, a networking and transfer measure was advertised in November 2020. The contract was awarded in February 2021 to EurA, whose Hamburg branch will provide the contracted services.
With the measure "DigiTier - Digitisation in Farm Animal Husbandry", EurA will ensure a high visibility and sustainable broad impact of the funded projects and the funding measure for the next five years through targeted events and public relations work, as well as support the innovation processes and knowledge transfer of the projects. Cross-sectoral cooperations between the individual collaborative projects and other actors from science and industry are to be established, as well as synergies with other projects of the programme for the promotion of innovation and other relevant funding programmes.
In addition, EurA will provide scientific support for the funded projects and evaluate the announcement in order to derive recommendations for action for research, practice and politics. A first kick-off meeting of the collaborative projects is planned for autumn 2021.