IoF2020 looks for proposals that present in a convincing way a high impact on the supply chain, a high level of technical feasibility & innovation as well as a strong economic sustainability. Proposals should be supported by a coherent team of stakeholders that represent the entire IoT supply chain (technology providers, service integrators, end-users, etc.). As IoF2020 is following the multi-actor approach, proposals submitted by single parties will not be considered.

Increasing impact

The primary objective of the Open Call is to increase the scale and impact of the IoF2020 initiative. The Open Call will allow new use case teams to join our journey within the Internet of Food and Farm to enlarge the number of IoF2020 stakeholders and create more impact on the European farming and food sector. The new use cases should substantially enlarge the number of actual IoT-users, in areas and production sectors with growth potential. New use case teams are preferably led by partner from the private business sector. The participation of innovative SMEs in use cases is encouraged and could enable SMEs to test innovative technologies and services.

Major challenges

For the Open Call we are looking for highly impactful and market-ready IoT innovations that will be validated and demonstrated, following the multi-actor approach in:

1. IoT use cases in new regions

Figure 1 and Table 1 clearly show that the eastern part of Europe is not or less covered, and, to a lesser extent, also the northern part of Europe. Applications for new use cases in EU member states that are not yet involved in IoF2020, including associated countries, are therefore encouraged to apply.

Although the ecosystem and context in other countries can be very different from the countries where current use cases take place, it is encouraged to learn from the existing use cases reusing IoT innovations and technologies that are already developed and tested. New use cases can of course also choose to combine their own equipment with useful elements from current IoF2020 solutions. In this way it is expected that the impact of current IoF2020 solutions will be maximized.

2. Post-farm use cases and other sectors

We are welcoming use cases from EU member states already involved in IoF2020, that extend the impact of IoF2020 in the post-farm segments of the supply chain. Complementary areas could be in e.g. logistics, processing, retail and in particular the end-consumer. Use cases addressing other subsectors (other crops, animals, etc.) are also encouraged, as well as use cases addressing new business models with focus on SMEs.

From Table 1 it can be concluded that current use cases are focusing on the farm level. In particular, this holds for the arable and dairy trial. Although a fair number of use cases are including logistics and processing, they are still primarily focused on the farm level, when looking deeper into the activities. Only a few use cases are including consumer aspects.  

Applicants do not have to choose between the two challenges but can also address both challenges at the same time, which also has consequences for the available budget (see next section).

Technology is moving fast in the IoT domain and IoF2020 should account for that. Table 2 in Annex I shows that already quite some IoT technologies and applications are being deployed in the current use cases. At the beginning of Annex I a list of new technologies and applications is presented based on a quick scan of the current use cases. Including new technologies and applications will be encouraged in proposals for use cases. On top of that, proposals for realising IoT based solutions shall aim at interoperability, replicability and reuse of the envisaged results. To achieve this, specifically the following aspects shall be considered when elaborating the proposals:

• Interoperability:

IoT based solutions that will be submitted in the open call shall make use of established open standards as far as possible. Proposals shall explain on how the solutions will avoid a vendor lock-in by pointing out key interoperability points in the architecture and which standards-based mechanisms will be used at those points, or where the teams are actively contributing aligning to the current work of related standard development organisations (e.g. AEF, AgGateway, ETSI, GS1, ISO, ITU-T, UNCEFACT).

• Replicability:

The IoF2020 project will offer an IoT catalogue that will present the solutions deployed and validated in the scope of the project. Also the proposals selected in the scope of the open call need to confirm that they will provide access to their lessons learnt, best practices, tutorials, guidelines and an overview of deployed technical components. Open Source licenses and free access to the developed software components is not a must, but considered desirable. However, a tangible business model is considered a prerequisite that shall finally correspond to the selected licensing scheme and envisaged commercialisation strategy.

• Reuse:

Proposals shall explain on how they assure to reuse existing technological components to avoid reinventing the wheel. Reuse of results developed and/or validated in the initial IoF2020 use cases including open initiatives like FIWARE as well as from other open sources initiatives will be evaluated positive.

Hence, a general objective of the proposed use cases shall be to validate IoT based solutions in a way that they will facilitate an understanding by different stakeholders on how IoT and related technologies can be applied in the food and farming industry, with a view of creating interoperable and portable solutions. Therefore, the identification of “interoperability points” shall be mapped to the use case’s architecture.

A generic IoF2020 architecture and related interoperability points are described in Deliverable 3.3, which is available on the IoF website.



Based on the specific challenges that were described in the previous chapter the IoF2020 Open Call budget is subdivided into two separate tranches according to the abovementioned specific challenges:

1) New EU regions: ± 3.5 Mio Euro

2) Post-farm stakeholders and other sectors : ± 2.5 Mio Euro

The requested funding for each proposal may vary between 300 - 500 kEuro depending on the challenges that are addressed:

- Proposals focusing on challenge 1 (new regions) and only reusing and validating experience, results and knowledge of an existing use case in a new region are eligible for requested funding of up to 300 kEuro.

- Proposals focusing on challenge 2 are eligible for requested funding of up to 300 kEuro.

- If proposals additionally introduce new mature IoT technology or include test beds in more countries, a larger requested funding of up to 500 kEuro can be requested.

- Proposals covering both challenges (for example: post-farm/other sectors in a new region) are eligible for requested funding of up to 500 kEuro. The budget for financing such proposals will come from the two tranches equally (i.e. 50-50%).


If you have a team and you want to submit a proposal, make sure to preregister it on the IoF2020 website before 31 August 2018 17:00 CET and submit it before 30 September 2018 17:00 CET.
Source: IOF2020

Illustration Photo: Fresno almond farmer Simon Sihota checks the moisture reading on his digital soil moisture content display. (credits: USDA NRCS / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))


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