List of innovative ideas for agro- forest sidestream applications to be further developed as business models including list of expression of interest from multi-actors

List of innovative ideas for agro- forest sidestream applications to be further developed as business models including list of expression of interest from multi-actors

Main topic: Stakeholder engagement, network building, network activity, cooperation
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Framework project: Bringing added value to agriculture and forest sectors by closing the research and innovation divide
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AGRIFORVALOR will close the research and innovation divide by connecting practitioners from
agriculture and forestry with research and academia as well as with associations and clusters, bioindustry, policy makers; business support organizations, innovation agencies and technology transfer
intermediaries in multi-actor innovation partnership networks in order to valorize and exploit
sidestream biomass resources from agriculture and forestry.
The project establishes 3 multi-actor networks which will be managed by three Biomass Innovation
Design Hubs, piloted in Spain (Andalucía), in Hungary and Ireland. In each of these hubs, existing
research results and good practices on valorization of biomass sidestreams from agro and forest will
be shared and matched with the specific needs and potentials, new grass-roots ideas collected and
developed and dedicated innovation support applied to further deploy selected topics which are dealt
with by multi-actor innovation partnership groups.
AGRIFORVALOR builds on the principles of EIP AGRI and supports effective exchange of existing
knowledge on innovative approaches on sidestream valorization and Bioecomony implementation for
agriculture and forestry sectors.
The project team will synthesize share and present best practices and research results that are near to
be put into practice with a focus upon facilitating market-uptake and exploitation with the
development of new business model concepts and supply chain strategies for agriculture and forestry
sectors.
To detect grass root ideas and promote new business models for forest and agriculture an Innovation
Design Workshop is carried out for each Biomass Innovation Design hub. It is a multi-stakeholder
event, involving all types of actors with interests on this topic, such as, practitioners (agro and forest
sector), researchers, experts, public and private R&D organizations, public administration (specially,
policy makers), bioindustry, clusters and associations and technology transfer organizations.
This event also aims to promote networking and set up of Innovation partnership groups. As well as,
obtaining a final list of innovative ideas prioritized towards business models by hub
• Innovation partnership groups are groups of multi-actors ideally from primary sector, industry and
RTDs but can enclose other actors, too.
• The aim is to build up these groups around a certain topic as multi-disciplinary team of actors with
complementary knowledge for:
• forming interest groups for exploiting certain themes/topics from RDI WS
• forming interest groups for idea to business model development from Innovation Design WS
• being the basis for forming operational groups working on an innovation project to be funded
under EIP AGRI.Main remarks
 15 innovation partnership groups have been set up on the development of ideas towards business
models that will be applied at WP 4
In general, 78 expressions of interest (EOI) from organizations interested in joining an innovation
partnership group have been collected. By hub, Andalusia has received 33, Hungary 4 and Ireland 41
EOI. The ideas generated have been developed in both agriculture and forestry in accordance with the
biomass potential of the three regions/countries
 There are clear similarities between the resulting innovation partnerships in the three Hubs
(Andalusia, Hungary and Ireland):
• The membership structure is based on multi-actor approach containing researchers, policy
makers, technology suppliers, biomass producers (both agri and forestry), etc. T This fact
facilitates the completion of the knowledge needed in order to successfully exploit the topics
of interest detected
• The majority of ideas are in the energy and functional materials sector, followed by fertilizer
and food/feed/nutraceuticals/pharmaceuticals
• Comparing the cross-hub results with the SWOT, it can be concluded that a number of
innovation partnership groups are focused on the production of energy, although also taking
into account other applications considering a cascading approach
• The cascading approach reflects that there are existing expertise and technologies with a lot
of possibilities – fine chemicals, functional materials, food and feed – as potential outputs.


Countries/regions described/represented: Hungary, Ireland, Spain
Year: 2017