Project Newsletter #7

November 2020

Industrial Challenges Open Call

The Open Call for Industrial Challenges has been launched on the 20th of October.

The overall concept of the Industrial Challenges is that real industry problems seek real tech solutions. In this context, the agri-food and robotics consortium partners together with the Industrial Advisory Board have defined real industry challenges/problems stemming from their portfolio.

Each challenge is composed of a technical component and a complementary component. The technical component demands the development or improvement of (existing) robotic technology-based solutions. The complementary component requires a socio-economic analysis or assessments of complementary social, economic, environmental, or ethical aspects of the newly designed solution.

5 defined challenges

   Can optimized spraying lead to improved environmental conditions?

  • TECHNICAL COMPONENT: Robots for spot spraying.
  • COMPLEMENTARY COMPONENT: Analysis of environmental benefits of spot spraying solutions compared to existing options as well as alternative growing possibilities.

   Can robots improve working conditions in the labour force in the fresh and processed food industry?

  • TECHNICAL COMPONENT: Robots for logistics picking, packing and palletizing.
  • COMPLEMENTARY COMPONENT: Analysis of the impact of robotics in the field of food logistics on the reduction of labour force or generation of new job opportunities.

   Are robots in the livestock industry posing ethical challenges by replacing human labour with machines?

  • TECHNICAL COMPONENT: Robots for livestock feeding.
  • COMPLEMENTARY COMPONENT: Analysis of the ethical challenges and their perception when human labour is replaced by machines.

What added value can harvesting robots bring compared to existing machinery solutions?

  • TECHNICAL COMPONENT: Robots for selective harvesting.
  • COMPLEMENTARY COMPONENT: Analysis and assessment of the exact benefits of robotic technologies compared to already existing agricultural machinery.

   What new business opportunities do robots for cleaning livestock farms bring?

  • TECHNICAL COMPONENT: Robots for cleaning.
  • COMPLEMENTARY COMPONENT: Analysis and projections of new business models including service-based business models.

Eligibility criteria

As main eligibility criteria have been set the following:

  • Applicants need to be SMEs and to apply individually, not as consortia.
  • Proposals shall ask for funding for the part of work not yet accomplished.
  • Current agROBOfood beneficiaries, Industrial Advisory Board members and agROBOfood partners are not eligible.

Funding schema of Call

Open Call Timeline