Case studies Case studies

This webpage contains a series of eight case studies which develop ideas generated during the EDP focus groups and explored further during the PDL workshops. These case studies take into account opportunities for sources of funding beyond ERDF, they identify the role of ICT as Key Enabling Technologies, as well as relevant international networking platforms and consortia.

Disclaimer:
These fiches provide some indications as to which funds could be relevant to ideas identified during the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process in the regions of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, beyond those provided by the ROP. It is provided to stimulate further the development of the idea. However, it must be intended as exploratory and non-exhaustive.

GIS for Vinyards

Vineyard network with GIS tools

Development of a network for collecting and management of data on wine grape cultivation. The idea refers to the development of a vineyard network within REMTh using GIS tools. The aim is the monitoring and collection of vineyard data (soil, climate, in-situ sensors) and their management with the use of adapted software. The results will be uploaded on an interactive platform designed to assist vine growers in decision-making. The network will also help the Regional Administration to better designate areas for vine growing and wine production.


  • PDL2 Participants Open or Close

    During the PDL2 3 participants from the research community were interested in this idea. The exclusive participation of researchers should be compensated in the further development of the project. It is essential that participants from the private sector get involved and issues related to commercialisation be considered.

  • Under which TOs of the ROP does this project fall? Open or Close

    There are two main approaches to address this project from the ROP perspective.

    • The first one would lead to a collaborative research project under TO 1b (Specific Objective 1 "Stimulate private-sector investments in research and innovation for the development of new products or services in RIS3 priority sectors") between 2-3 major wine producers and 1-2 HEIs/PROs to design, build, operate in a pilot phase and validate the system including the data collection and dissemination platform. A regional agency could also join the project as the end-user/owner of the data platform. This project should also set the technical and interoperability requirements to be used by other parties interested in joining the system in the future. In a second step, through TO 3d (specific objective 5, i.e., introducing mature process or organisational innovations for productivity improvements) the system could be deployed to a wide population of wine makers or vine growers.
    • The second one would consider the development of the interactive platform as a public-sector information infrastructure under TO 2c (Specific Objective 3 "Promote the supply of public-sector digital content in the fields of regional administration, culture and tourism") that would aggregate information through pre-specified interfaces; provide open data to any interested party. The deployment of the data collection infrastructure within vine growers / wine makers could be achieved through a series of projects for individual wine producers through TO 3d (Specific Objective 5, i.e., introducing mature process or organisational innovations for productivity improvements).
  • Knowledge and actors required Open or Close
    • There will be need for an organisation (e.g. Regional Authority and/or association of producers) to assume overall responsibility for organising the network.
    • Research activities will be based on expertise in Precision Agriculture assisted by adapted technological equipment.
    • Hardware suppliers (weather stations, sensors etc.) are also necessary, as are IT providers with relevant experience and expertise to complement the task force of the action.
  • How can ICT, as a key enabling technology, enhance this idea Open or Close

    The ICT dimension includes in the first instance the creation of a platform and oriented software for the collection of data regarding the vineyard network. Data should cover soil, climate, etc. As a second phase, agricultural robot vehicles should be created to facilitate precision agriculture. More detailed ICT aspects include: GIS tools and exported services, GIS content provisioning, sensors, integrated sensing, data transmission, collection and management, application development and service provisioning based on available geo-data.

  • International dimension Open or Close

    In PDL2, the stakeholders involved in discussing this project considered that no international participation was needed as the key expertise to implement the idea was available in the region. Whilst this may be true at the technical level, opening up to international actors, at least for certain aspects of the project, is critical to expand the idea, towards its more operational business aspect. Furthermore, it is also essential to access to other funding sources (including the ones described below). The project consortium could include firms and universities in neighboring areas which share similar soil characteristics, as well as stakeholders in other wine growing areas in Europe and beyond.
    The European Commission has set up in 2012 the Agriculture and Innovation Partnership which is precisely a networking platform in which people in the industry can share information and concerns.

    Examples of projects related to climate change and which could have links to this idea:

    • E-VitiClimate (train teachers and trainers on different viticultural techniques to help producers adapt to climate change)
    • LIFE VINEYARDS4HEAT (V4H) (aims to demonstrate the feasibility of an integral governance strategy to mitigate climate change, Vineyards Virtuous Circle (VVC))
  • Which specific parts of the idea could be funded under H2020? Open or Close

    This idea includes a significant ICT part that, should the project develop internationally, could be relevant to Horizon 2020. It must be stressed, however, that H2020 require an extremely high level of technological innovation which may not be guaranteed in this idea. With this caveat in mind, within H2020, the following streams should be explored:

    Relevant examples of FP7 and H2020 projects in either precision agriculture or wine farming, which may provide ideas or contact include:

  • Which other EU sources of funding could be relevant? For which elements of the project? Open or Close

    COSME - could help in supporting access to finance, access to market and entrepreneurship training.

    The European Investment Fund (EIF) could also provide a variety of financial instruments to support innovative SMEs.

    ERASMUS+ and Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions could be taken into account, in a future development of the project, for, respectively, entrepreneurial and scientific mobility related to the project. ERASMUS+ can also be used for cooperation between institutions on exchanging

  • Which other national sources of funding could be relevant? For which element of the project? Open or Close

    A small or medium scale pilot to design, build, operate and validate the system as described can be also considered for funding through OP Rural Development under Measure 16 ("Collaborative Actions") /Submeasure 16.2 ("Pilot Projects for the development of new products, practices, processes and technologies"). In this case, deployment would have to be funded by the ROP (TO 3d, Specific Objective 5, i.e., introducing mature process or organisational innovations for productivity improvements).

  • Which other transnational sources of funding could be relevant? For which element of the project? Open or Close

    Broadening the remit of the project internationally, would allow to take into account also the following sources of funding: This project contains elements of interest to the Adrion Interreg (Adriatic Ionian) programme. Specifically for the priorities

    • 1b (Promoting business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, etc.)
    • 6d (Protecting and restoring biodiversity and soil and promoting ecosystem services, including through Natura 2000, and green infrastructure)

    At the business level, if links and opportunities with Bulgaria were exploited, this idea could benefit from actions under the "Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020" Territorial Cooperation, especially for investment priorities

    • 3a - Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators
    • 3b - Supporting the capacity of SMEs to grow in regional, national and international markets, and to engage in innovation processes

    To the extent that the proposed idea can support green growth and a more sustainable use of resources, INTERREG-MED could provide relevant opportunities under priority 1:

    • 1 - Promoting Mediterranean innovation capacities to develop smart and sustainable growth. This axis promotes actions such as The development of clusters and networks, development of models and tools, transfer of knowledge, awareness-raising and capitalisation activities.

    The ENI CBC Med ("Mediterranean Sea Basin" Programme) may also directly or indirectly be relevant in its following thematic objectives:

    • Business and SMEs development which can provide support to innovative start-ups for commercialization as well as strengthen and support euro-Mediterranean networks, clusters, consortia and value-chains in traditional (agro-food, tourism, textile/clothing, etc.) and non-traditional sectors.
    • Support to education, research, technological development and innovation which can provide support to technological transfer and commercialisation of research results, strengthening the linkages between research, industry as well as private sector actors and support SMEs in accessing research and innovation also through clustering
  • Which other regional sources of funding could be relevant? For which element of the project? Open or Close

    Not applicable

  • Key barriers for the development of the idea Open or Close

    Whilst no major barriers were mentioned during PDL2, a prerequisite to implement the project idea is to secure the commitment of 2-3 (vertically integrated) wine producers to actively participate in the development of the project and provide specific need information.

  • Steps forward Open or Close

    As for the strict regional dimension, the following steps are suggested:

    • 1. Since this project idea was conceived by researchers, the interest of business partners should be investigated, preferably through the intermediation of the institutions' TTOs. An agreement on the minimum project outcomes should be established.
    • 2. Training needs, at the research, entrepreneurial and business level should also be explored and a plan be made to meet them.
    • 3. The regional administration to appoint a relevant agency to operate the data collection/dissemination platform.
    • 4. The above partners to select the most appropriate path to project implementation from those discussed above.
    • 5. The ROP Managing Authority should provide support for fine-tuning the project proposals in line with the relevant calls.

    In broadening up the idea internationally, the proposal needs to be enriched distinguishing elements that are of strictly regional interest from those that can have further international scope. This is an issue of strategic importance. The EDP ideas need to be grounded in the local context, but need to keep an eye to the future and to the international arena.

Eno-gastro and cultural tourism

Wine gastronomy - cultural tourism

Creation of tourist product "Wine-Gastronomy/Cultural Tourism". The idea is related to branding regional wines. The main aspect is the recording of small elements that could be linked to form the basic product portfolio in terms of a "unique touristic offer" to the market.


  • PDL2 Participants Open or Close

    During the PDL 2 participants were interested in this idea: one coming from the Regional Authority and one from the research community. However, this idea requires the collaboration of all stakeholders across sectors: public, private and research. The realisation of this idea would require the mobilisation of companies and organisations in the wine and tourism sectors to take part in the system that would support this application in order to promote their products, events, etc. Collaboration would be crucial among wine making and gastronomy schools with the ICT department of the ATHENA research centre.

  • Under which TOs of the ROP does this project fall? Open or Close

    This project is in essence a collaboration between private and public sector stakeholders to introduce a unique (integrated) touristic offer and therefore falls under Thematic Objective 3d, Specific Objective 6 ("Improve the outward-looking character of SMEs") of the ROP.

    Small scale projects to develop and demonstrate some technological aspects in support of project activities could be funded through TO 1b (Specific Objective 2 "Improve the linkages between research/academia and the industry in RIS3 priority sectors" and then become mainstream through TO 3d (Specific Objective 6 "Improve the outward-looking character of SMEs") projects above.

    The project's development could benefit in an indirect manner from relevant activities in support of tourism promotion through TO 2c (Specific Objective 3 "Promote the supply of public-sector digital content in the fields of regional administration, culture and tourism"); however, only public organisations are eligible for funding under TO 2c.

  • Knowledge and actors required Open or Close

    It is natural that for the specific partnership to be effective, actors of every link of the value chain need to contribute along with cultural heritage, food industry based on local tastes, natural resources, local identity translated into interactive tools and techniques for attracting tourists.: grape farmers, wine makers, local and regional authorities, point of sales, tourism and culture bodies, food and hospitality firms, research institutes, education and training, legal support entities, marketing support, management and logistics. The involvement of tourist organisations was acknowledged as critical for the success of the partnership.

    As part of the CHORD (Cultural Heritage: Exploiting Opportunities for Rural Development) project, a Cultural Heritage Poles Study (2008) was conducted which aimed to investigate and highlight the cultural resources, which are available to the Region of East Macedonia and Thrace, and promote them as pillars of cultural and touristic development. In this report a set of potential synergies were identified, one of which relates to wine and food.

    The wine production on the region is significant and the quality of the products is high level, as the prizes on wine contests have shown. Unfortunately, those enterprises are small or family-based and they can't promote their products in a wider level. At that time it was proposed to create a unique quality protocol and a trade mark of the products, to support small or family based enterprise in their wine promotion. In parallel it was proposed that those products would be connected to the festivals and folklore celebration of the region, in order to be established to the regional conscience and consequently to visitors. Stakeholders involved: Unions of wine producers of the region - Region of East Macedonia and Thrace - cultural clubs and NGOs of the region

  • How can ICT, as a key enabling technology, enhance this idea Open or Close

    ICT can contribute towards:

    • product traceability and linkage with local history and culture to support branding
    • supply chain integration
    • B2B, B2C and marketing
    • developing wine clusters, building on similar examples in various countries which have been successful in raising the overall sector potential, especially counting on ICT contribution. End to end contribution (from the vineyard to the customer) can be more effective through clustering (see related idea on wine clusters developed in the same EDP focus group).

    Examples of relevant European ICT projects:

    • Digital Agenda for New Tourism Approach in European Rural and Mountain Areas (Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC (financed by ERDF))
  • International dimension Open or Close

    Participants to PDL2 highlighted that no expertise from outside the region was needed to implement this project.

    However, as noted also in other cases, expanding the remit of the idea - that is keeping its local elements, but framing them as part of a bigger project and envisaging the participation of international actors- can increase funding opportunities and the long-term impact of the project.

    Learning from and building upon other similar experiences is critical and the projects and consortia identified below, provide examples that may serve as inspiration:

    • RECEVIN The European Network of wine cities (the network also announces funding opportunities on their site and a possibility to look for partners to jointly develop proposals)
    • URBACT Network of gastronomic cities
    • Marketing European Wine (Resources for Micro Producers - under Life Long Learning)
    • VINEST (CIP co-financed), the network of small European wine areas (Since 1998), and the Secret Wine Tours (under DG Enterprise - Support to transnational thematic tourism)
    • Spanish Capital of Wine

    More generally, the European Commission Agriculture and Innovation Partnership can also offer networking opportunities in relation to rural development and this idea. The Enterprise Europe Network (Tourism and Cultural Heritage Sector Group) can also support in looking for necessary partners abroad, through matchmaking.

  • Which specific parts of the idea could be funded under H2020? Open or Close

    The research component that would be eligible for funding under Horizon 2020 would be the creation of an application providing personalised information about local wine products, touristic attractions, restaurants, etc. This would, however, require a high-level of innovation and internationalisation in order to be eligible.

    Potentially the following streams of funding could be explored:

    Examples of relevant projects under FP7 include:

  • Which other EU sources of funding could be relevant? For which elements of the project? Open or Close

    COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises is particularly relevant for this idea, thanks to the Tourism Action Plan. This can be helpful in the development and/or promotion of sustainable transnational thematic tourism products; the development and/or promotion of niche products exploiting synergies between tourism and creative industries at European level (e.g. European Route around high-end products) ; transnational public and private partnerships developing tourism products targeting specific age groups; capacity building schemes whereby managers, destination managers, entrepreneurs. As well as these specific tourism aspects COSME can support SMEs in their access to finance.

    The Creative Europe programme should also be explored, as it supports several cultural activities under the culture sub-programme to the extent that cultural-tourism activities would be framed as part of European networks of cultural and creative organisations ( ec.europa.eu/programmes/creative-europe/).

    The ERASMUS+ programme should be explored in its ability to provide funding for skills creation, indeed the programme has been used in the past to fund training programmes in the tourism sector (see for instance the HECTOR Programme - HEritage and Cultural Tourism Open Resources for innovative training schemes).

  • Which other national sources of funding could be relevant? For which element of the project? Open or Close

    The project activities in rural areas are eligible for funding under the CLLD approach through OP Rural Development (Measure 19 "Community-Led Local Development", Submeasure 19.2 "Support to CLLD projects' implementation").

    Nation-wide partnerships with essentially the same objectives are also eligible for funding through OP Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship & Innovation under TO 3d (Specific Objective 1.5 "Increase the exports of Greek enterprises in the 9 national priority areas" ).

    Through TO 6c (Specific Objective 3.5 "Develop and promote economic activities based on the natural and cultural capital with focus on tourism", project category 3), the OP Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship & Innovation supports the application of innovative methodologies for sustainable development in areas with strong natural beauty and/or cultural inheritance. The project activities are complementary to these.

    The European Social Fund could also be relevant for training purposes, for instance in developing skills for training rural people in tourism activities (see e.g. the project "Cooking with Local Produce" funded in France by ESF).

  • Which other transnational sources of funding could be relevant? For which element of the project? Open or Close

    The Adrion Interreg (Adriatic Ionian) programme should be explored as its Priority Axis 2 Sustainable Region tackles the following:

    • Conserving, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage;
    • Promote the sustainable valorisation and preservation of natural and cultural assets as growth assets in the Adriatic-Ionian area;

    The "Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020" Territorial Cooperation programme places strong emphasis on touristic activities and preservation of cultural and natural areas, in particular in thematic objectives 3 and 6

    • Enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises, the agricultural sector (for the EAFRD) and the fisheries and aquaculture sector (for the EMFF)
    • Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency

    The INTERREG-MED is also a potential source of funds worth exploring, as its third priority axis refers to protecting and promoting Mediterranean natural and cultural resources

    The Black Sea Basin Cross-Border Cooperation Programme, under measure 1.2 supports the Creation of tourism networks in order to promote joint tourism development initiatives and traditional products

    Relevant transnational projects: Digital Agenda for New Tourism Approach in European Rural and Mountain Areas

  • Which other regional sources of funding could be relevant? For which element of the project? Open or Close

    Not applicable

  • Key barriers for the development of the idea Open or Close

    During the PDL2 the sub-group members noted that the activation and mobilisation of possible companies and organisations to take part might be an obstacle, as would be combination of local gastronomy and wines.

    Overcoming the lack of cultural tradition to collaborate among actors in the region is hence a priority for the realisation of this idea.

  • Steps forward Open or Close

    From a strict regional perspective and with a focus on ERDF it is suggested that the ROP MA should promote the submission of 2-3 collaborative project proposals in the first call for ROP's specific objective 6, monitor and evaluate their development and mainstream the project approach at a later call.

    In general, the proposal needs to be enriched with distinguishing elements that are of strictly regional interest and others that can have further international scope. It is critical to understand that the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process should not be seen as an exclusive pre-condition to access ERDF funds and further funding sources should be explored. Proper planning covering training, finance and business implementation should be undertaken.

    Finally and at an even broader level, it appears that the region and its stakeholders are willing to invest and develop the tourism sector. A comprehensive strategy should be developed, linking together different related ideas from all EDP focus groups.

Microbial cultures for local food

Sustained and Integrated Promotion of Local, Traditional Fermented Food Systems from authentic microbial cultures

The idea refers to the isolation and identification of the microbial strains from local traditional milk products. It is also refers to probiotic properties standards testing, testing for research activation of cytochromes, as well as antibiotic resistance testing.

Main expected outcomes are:

  • Experimental application in food products and evaluation of their characteristic organoleptic properties;
  • Set up of a Laboratory Bank of wild isolated strains;
  • Application for international patents and commercialisation of the final outputs/products.

  • PDL2 Participants Open or Close

    The Dairy/Meat participatory session attracted six people, of which four were researchers (DUTH & TEIEMTh) and two from the enterprise sector. Four of them (the researchers) had previous exposure to Framework Programme projects as participants, and one of them had also experience in proposal writing for FP projects.

  • Under which TOs of the ROP does this project fall? Open or Close

    According to the rationale provided during PDL2, this project idea describes a new family of dairy products that is very close to market. Therefore, in principle, it falls under TO 3d (specific objective 5 "Improve efficiency and productivity of SMEs"), in the sense of exploiting off-the-shelf technology for new product development.

  • Knowledge and actors required Open or Close

    At least the following actors would need to be involved:

    • Research Institutes, Universities;
    • Local small and medium scale producers (animal breeders) & manufacturers of dairy products;
    • Public Bodies - Regional Administration of Agriculture and other similar bodies.
  • How can ICT, as a key enabling technology, enhance this idea Open or Close

    ICT and data management/processing support for animal and animal feeding genomics and predictive analytics

  • International dimension Open or Close

    The project idea, at this stage is described focusing mainly on local competences and funds. Placing the idea in the broader international landscape by networking with stakeholders that faced similar challenges and exploring potential opportunities may prove useful. It is suggested that the proponents of this idea get in touch with the European Agriculture Innovation Partnership (EIP-AGRI) for support in identification of partners and funds and for participation in key networking activities.

  • Which specific parts of the idea could be funded under H2020? Open or Close

    The participants agree that this idea is a project that would apply existing knowledge in the region to a market context that is trendy right now. The end product is very close to the market, and therefore the relevance of this idea with H2020 is minimal.

    Nevertheless, should the idea develop in such a way as to introduce significant innovation, the following H2020 streams should be explored:

    Examples of FP7 projects include:

    • BIAMFOOD - Controlling Biogenic Amines in Traditional Food Fermentations in Regional Europe
  • Which other EU sources of funding could be relevant? For which elements of the project? Open or Close

    COSME - could help in supporting access to finance, access to market and entrepreneurship training, depending on what is most required for the implementation of this project idea. COSME for instance also funds Enterprise Europe Network, which helps SMEs find business and technology partners all around Europe, and understand EU legislation, two things that might be of key importance for implementing this idea.

    The European Investment Fund (EIF) could also provide a variety of financial instruments to support innovative SMEs.

  • Which other national sources of funding could be relevant? For which element of the project? Open or Close

    The OP Competiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation can also support the implementation of this project through TO 3c (Specific Objective 1.4 "") if the applicants are established dairy manufacturers with adequate research and quality control capabilities.

    Smaller dairy manufacturers that have not adequate research and quality control capabilities would have to collaborate with some R&D performers for improving their capacity to apply the technological part of the project idea for new product development and get funding for doing so by OP Rural Development through Measure 16 "Collaborative Actions" /Submeasures 16.2 "Pilot Projects for the development of new products, practices, processes and technologies" and/or 16.3. "Co-operation among small enterprises to develop joint work practices and joint use of facilities and resources"

  • Which other transnational sources of funding could be relevant? For which element of the project? Open or Close

    The Cooperation programmes covering Greece-Bulgaria and the Balkan-Mediterreanean may all provide relevant resources under its TO3 Enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises, the agricultural sector (for the EAFRD) and the fisheries and aquaculture sector (for the EMFF). Under this TO there are actions in support of entrepreneurship and the exploitation of new ideas, as well as supporting SMEs to grow and engage in innovation.

  • Which other regional sources of funding could be relevant? For which element of the project? Open or Close

    None

  • Key barriers for the development of the idea Open or Close

    As reported during the EDP wokshop on meat and dairy, there is an obstacle regarding national legal framework regarding the production of ripening dairy goods from raw milk. It is expected to change because of the pressure of the cheese producers. Human resources that are needed include ??? researchers with skills to the relevant fields and disciplines, local animal breeders, industrials and producers. Education to final beneficiaries (breeders and dairy producers) is essential for the necessary changes of the production methods and finally financing of the project would supplement public spending on the implementation of the actions needed.

  • Steps forward Open or Close

    In terms of ERDF, the project idea is eligible for funding in the regional cases mentioned above. Interested stakeholders will need to wait and prepare for the relevant calls and apply accordingly.

    However, as we are speaking of an idea which is fairly close to the market, it is critical that the business dimension of the project be further developed, paying particular attention to the possibilities offered by international SMEs network and the funding opportunities in support of SMEs internationalization (including transnational ones).

    In this respect, it appears relevant to explore synergies with projects related to the valorization of local tourism and gastronomic products, especially those explored in fiche EDP1WG4P2 - Wine gastronomy - cultural tourism.

    Furthermore, it appears valuable to better reflect on the potential international dimension that this project could have, as well as explore the potential innovation activities linked to it.

Energy from Animal Waste

Energy Production from Animal Waste

The idea is about the production of biogas (and other forms of energy) from animal waste and its exploitation. The idea's main goal is the implementation of an environmentally friendly alternative method for energy production.


  • PDL2 Participants Open or Close

    This idea was elaborated by all six WG participants, of which four were researchers (DUTH & TEIEMTh) and two from the enterprise sector. Four of them (the researchers) had previous exposure to Framework Programme projects as participants, and one of them had also experience in proposal writing for FP projects.

  • Under which TOs of the ROP does this project fall? Open or Close

    As discussed in PDL2, this project is based on mature technological inputs that can be readily exploited. However, securing the necessary quantity of animal waste to achieve adequate capacity for an energy-producing plant requires the collaboration of many small farms. Therefore, in principle, this project falls under TO 3d (Specific Objective 5 "Improve efficiency and productivity of SMEs").

    The project cannot be considered under TO 4 of the ROP since the two priorities defined there are related to the promotion of geothermic energy (TO 4a/specific objective 7) and the reduction of the carbon footprint of public buildings (TO 4c/specific objective 8).

  • Knowledge and actors required Open or Close

    Different partner groups include animal farmers, environmental/energy technical companies/professionals and energy producers.

  • How can ICT, as a key enabling technology, enhance this idea Open or Close

    The following uses can be considered: ICT-enabled simulation, optimisation and LCA decision support. Sensing and automation support in energy production, management and distribution

  • International dimension Open or Close

    Whilst the participants to the events noted that there was sufficient expertise in the region, it is useful to broaden the remit of the project, by reflecting on potential international partners. This, coupled with a stronger focus on the innovation component of the idea, may increase the available funding opportunities. The EU Biofuels technology platform is a reference point for networking and information. Within the platform it is possible to navigate through a database of projects and events, which can be useful in further defining or expanding the idea.

    A useful European meeting point for networking is the European Innovation Platform on Agriculture and innovation.

  • Which specific parts of the idea could be funded under H2020? Open or Close

    This idea describes an application project with very limited research inputs, mainly in the fields of improving conversion efficiency, scaling down the plants or designing a mobile facility (i.e., on a truck trailer). Therefore, this idea's relevance to H2020 is minimal.

    Nevertheless, should the idea develop further in terms of its R&D and innovation component, the majority of relevant H2020 calls would fall under: Societal Challenges - Secure Clean and Efficient Energy

    The SME instrument and the Fast Track Innovation, which supports close-to-market activities, should also be explored. More concretely, participants could look into the SMEInst-07-2016-2017: Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for sustainable and competitive agriculture, forestry, agri-food and bio-based sectors, focusing on Creating added value from waste and by-products generated on farm and along the value-chain.

    Examples of FP7 projects include:

    • SUSMILK: Re-design of the dairy industry for sustainable milk processing
    • REUSEWASTE: "Recovery and Use of Nutrients, Energy and Organic Matter from Animal Waste"
    • ORION - organic waste management
    • ANIMPOL - Novel biotechnological approaches for utilizing carbon containing wastes to make high added value products
    • ADAW - Anaerobic Digestion for Animal Waste project
  • Which other EU sources of funding could be relevant? For which elements of the project? Open or Close

    The LIFE+ programme, under its Environment Action may have relevant calls for this project, especially in relation to the so called "Traditional Project", defined as best-practice, demonstration, pilot or information, awareness and dissemination projects.

  • Which other national sources of funding could be relevant? For which element of the project? Open or Close

    The OP Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation can support the project idea through TO 4b (Specific Objective 3.3 "Improve energy efficiency in the operation of enterprises and their facilities"), only in the case of proposals from meat producing or dairy firms since there is a sectoral focus in the eligibility criteria.

    The OP Rural Development can support joint initiatives for reducing the CO2 footprint in the primary sector through Measure 16 ("Collaborative Actions") / Submeasure 16.5. ("Support for joint actions to mitigate climate change")

  • Which other transnational sources of funding could be relevant? For which element of the project? Open or Close

    The Balkan Mediterrenean Territorial Cooperation Programme, in thematic priority 2, aims at, among other things, promoting cooperation and networking aiming to introduce innovative technologies for efficient management of the waste sector, the soil and the water sector.

    The Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020 Territorial Cooperation, in priority 6f - Promotes innovative technologies to improve environmental protection and resource efficiency in the waste sector, water sector and with regard to soil, or to reduce air pollution.

    Examples of trans-regional collaboration on similar topics, based on previous INTERREG projects includes:

  • Which other regional sources of funding could be relevant? For which element of the project? Open or Close

    Not applicable

  • Key barriers for the development of the idea Open or Close

    Securing adequate quantities of animal waste for guaranteeing adequate energy production capacity is the major issue that can inhibit the application of this project idea.

  • Steps forward Open or Close

    For what the ROP funds are concerned the following is suggested:

    • 1. Large, vertically integrated, meat processing or dairy enterprises wishing to exploit animal waste for producing energy will probably have to wait for the relevant calls of OP Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation and apply for funding individually.
    • 2. Smaller meat processing or dairy enterprises or farmers would seek to form joint ventures and apply for funding through the ROP or OP Rural Development, respectively. To keep costs down, project consortia will have to be local, i.e., at the municipal or prefectural level.

    At the broader level, it appears valuable to better reflect on the potential international dimension that this project could have, as well as explore the potential innovation activities linked to it.

    This idea should also be connected to energy related ideas developed in other EDP focus groups, such as 'Energy from wine', and 'Integrated interventions for energy efficiency in quarries and marble processing facilities'.

Innovation in heritage management

Innovative management of cultural heritage

The idea is about the exploitation of local cultural assets with the implementation of innovative digital tools and applications in order to create new forms/models of business applications within the tourism industry. The proposed idea would contribute: (a) to increase the level of publicity and awareness on REMTh's rich cultural heritage, (b) to promote education among tourism stakeholders on cultural tourism and (c) to add value to REMTh visitors' experience.


  • PDL2 Participants Open or Close

    3 WG participants expressed interest in the idea.

  • Under which TOs of the ROP does this project fall? Open or Close

    Stakeholders of the enterprise sector can obtain project funding through the ROP under TO 3d (Specific Objective 6 "Improve the outward-looking character of SMEs"), which explicitly supports, among others, collaborative projects across the tourism value chain. They will benefit from the digitization of cultural assets by public-sector organisations that will be offered as reusable open data through projects funded by TO 2c (Specific Objective 3 "Promote the supply of public-sector digital content in the fields of regional administration, culture and tourism"). For an examples of project about digitalisation of cultural assets through structural funds see the e-Paveldas project

  • Knowledge and actors required Open or Close

    The following key partners are needed to implement the idea:

    • Regional/local bodies that are responsible for the management of cultural heritage assets
    • Entrepreneurs from the creation industries
    • ICT companies and social media experts
    • Social groups/organisations that can support the idea by implementing new forms of social innovation.
  • How can ICT, as a key enabling technology, enhance this idea Open or Close

    ICT usage can enhance the idea in numerous ways:

    • Digital heritage tools (for museum, exhibition spaces, archaeological sites etc)
    • Educational, e-learning and gaming tools
    • Digital and creative tools offering media and 3D-rich experience
    • Multi-lingual and speech-enabled support
    • Digital content creation and dissemination platforms
    • Geospatial and time-based navigation, tourism recommender systems, itinerary planning and guidance support tools
    • Linkage with social digital tools
  • International dimension Open or Close

    The original fiche of PDL2 highlighted that no international stakeholders were needed to implement this project. However, as noted also in other cases, expanding the remit of the project, envisaging the participation of international actors can increase funding opportunities as well as broadening the impact of the project.

    It is recommended to link to the wider community on research management related to cultural heritage, specifically to the JPI Cultural Heritage, grouping national research funding actors in this area. For now, Greece is not a full member but only an observer.

  • Which specific parts of the idea could be funded under H2020? Open or Close

    The working groups did not identify, during PDL2, the specific parts of the idea that could be funded under H2020. This is partly due to the fact that the idea itself is defined very broadly. As the links to H2020 depend largely on how the idea is further specified, it is only possible to give a broad indication of what H2020 can offer.

    A more detailed description of the links between H2020 and development of cultural heritage is available.

    Relevant international projects, which may provide inspirations or networking indications, include:

    • 3D-Icons: 3D Digitisation of Icons of European Architectural and Archaeological Heritage
    • CHESS: Cultural Heritage Experiences through Socio-personal interactions and Storytelling.
    • PATHS: Personalised Access to Cultural Heritage Space
  • Which other EU sources of funding could be relevant? For which elements of the project? Open or Close

    COSME should be relevant for this idea, thanks to the Tourism Action Plan. This can be helpful in the development and/or promotion of sustainable transnational thematic tourism products; the development and/or promotion of niche products exploiting synergies between tourism and creative industries at European level (e.g. European Route around high-end products) ; transnational public and private partnerships developing tourism products targeting specific age groups; capacity building schemes whereby managers, destination managers, entrepreneurs. As well as these specific tourism aspects COSME can support SMEs in their access to finance.

    The Creative Europe programme should also be explored, as it supports several cultural activities. The different streams of funding, however, generally demand a transitional dimension which is lacking in the current formulation of the idea.

    The Erasmus + programme should be explored in its ability to provide funding for skills creation, indeed the programme has been used in the past to fund training programmes in the tourism sector (see for instance the HECTOR Programme (Heritage and Cultural Tourism Open Resources for innovative training schemes).

  • Which other national sources of funding could be relevant? For which element of the project? Open or Close

    The principal funding source for this project idea is expected to be OP Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation (TO 2b, Specific Objective 1.2 "Increase the supply of digital services, applications and integrated ICT solutions for enterprises"). Projects within this specific objective support ICT-enabled innovations in enterprises.

  • Which other transnational sources of funding could be relevant? For which element of the project? Open or Close

    The interreg Adrion should be explored as its Priority Axis 2 Sustainable Region tackles the following:

    • Conserving, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage;
    • Promote the sustainable valorisation and preservation of natural and cultural assets as growth assets in the Adriatic-Ionian area;

    The Greece-Bulgaria Cross-Border-Cooperation programme places strong emphasis on touristic activities and preservation of cultural and natural areas, in particular:

    • in thematic objectives 3 (Enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises, the agricultural sector (for the EAFRD) and the fisheries and aquaculture sector (for the EMFF), which will allow for the development of tourist development strategies, integrated tourist destinations and actions for the increase in international visibility
    • Investment priority 6c Conserving, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage, which will fund activities to improve the preservations status and increase in carrying capacity of cultural and natural sites.

    The Interreg Mediterranean is also a source of funds worth exploring, as its third priority axis refers to protecting and promoting Mediterranean natural and cultural resources

    The Black Sea Basin Cross-Border Cooperation Programme, under measure 1.2 supports the Creation of tourism networks in order to promote joint tourism development initiatives and traditional products

    Relevant examples of transnational projects include:

    • DANTE: Digital Agenda for New Tourism Approach in European Rural and Mountain Areas
    • E-CREATE: Cultural Routes, Entrepreneurship and Technology Enhancement
  • Which other regional sources of funding could be relevant? For which element of the project? Open or Close

    Not applicable

  • Key barriers for the development of the idea Open or Close

    Inflexibility of antiquities ephorates and cultural authorities in working with private-sector stakeholders; weak existing collaboration between regional stakeholders; difficulties in meeting work planning time constraints due to external factors.

  • Steps forward Open or Close

    The project-idea is defined very broadly. It points, together with other ideas described in fiches EDP1WG4P2 - Wine gastronomy - cultural tourism,, EDP3WG3P2 Development of high added-value digital tools for key tourism sectors, to the need of developing further a comprehensive strategy for the tourism sector.

    Stakeholders across the tourism value chain should elaborate a comprehensive approach to the promotion of the regional cultural heritage, in which, this project is only a means to a wider end. Within this broader and more comprehensive strategy, due attention should be paid to plucking into international networks, which also allow access to transnational and EU funds.

    With these caveat in mind, and for what the regional opportunities for the digitalization of cultural assets, the following steps are suggested:

    • 1. The ROP calls for digitalising cultural assets should be launched first; clear and specific provisions should be included regarding the open status of data and terms for reusability.
    • 2. The ROP managing authority needs to take into account that that local needs may not be eligible under SO 1.2 of OP Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation when issuing their calls under TO3d(SO6)

Digital tools for tourism

Development of high added-value digital tools for key tourism sectors

The idea is about the development of high added value digital tools for hospitality and food/gastronomy businesses & professionals with a range of offered end-products and services to support quality personalised experience. The expected outcomes are:

  • The support of smart building management, with multiple targets, including energy efficiency and comfort optimisation for hotel facilities
  • The creation of personalised services targeting regular visitors (for example professionals) and supporting visit and preferences data recording and management
  • The support of basic information provisioning tailored to food/gastronomy offerings and used also by hospitality services units

  • PDL2 Participants Open or Close

    10 WG participants expressed interest in the idea

  • Under which TOs of the ROP does this project fall? Open or Close

    Stakeholders of the enterprise sector can obtain project funding through the ROP under TO 3d (Specific Objective 5 "Improve efficiency and productivity of SMEs"), which explicitly supports, among others, the adoption of off-the-self technologies in their business processes. Knowledge-intensive start-ups aiming to implement some of the digital services in the project description can get funding and support through TO 3a (Specific Objective 4 "Increase the number of New Knowledge- or Technology-Intensive Firms in RIS3 priority sectors").

  • Knowledge and actors required Open or Close

    The following key partners are essential to implement the idea:

    • Engineering/technical companies and professionals
    • ICT contributors (academic/research and private organisations)
    • Regional/local producers of food / gastronomy products.
  • How can ICT, as a key enabling technology, enhance this idea Open or Close

    The following uses of ICT can be considered to support the development of the idea:

    • Integrated solutions for facilities sensing, monitoring and management, with smart energy and HVAC management and digital services and media control
    • Supply chain linkage with local producers and one-stop solution for accessing information, making purchases and bookings
    • Information collection, management and personalised recommendation support for hotel residents
    • Multi-lingual and speech-enabled support
    • Ubiquitous e-menu services support and facility integrated e-menu provisioning, integrated with a network of local producers, chefs and other providers
    • Advertising and digital signage support
    • Linkage with social digital tools
  • International dimension Open or Close

    As the idea refers mainly to adopting off-the-shelf technologies to very local needs, international collaboration may be of specific importance. Examples of relevant collaborations include:

    • DANTE project, developing a Digital Agenda for New Tourism Approach in European Rural and Mountain Areas
    • The Digital Tourism Network
    • UNESCO Chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites
  • Which specific parts of the idea could be funded under H2020? Open or Close

    As the idea refers mainly to adopting off-the-shelf technologies to very local needs, it does not – as such – provide many opportunities for international collaborations and hence, access to other EU funding streams.

    Nevertheless, there is some potential for the following H2020 call, within the SME instrument: SMEInst-12-2016-2017: New business models for inclusive, innovative and reflective societies. This call focusses on new ways in which technology can be applied in non-technology intensive sectors to create organizational change and promote social engagement.

  • Which other EU sources of funding could be relevant? For which elements of the project? Open or Close

    As the idea refers mainly to adopting off-the-shelf technologies to very local needs, it does not – as such – provide many opportunities for international collaborations and hence, access to other EU funding streams.

  • Which other national sources of funding could be relevant? For which element of the project? Open or Close

    The principal funding source for this project idea is expected to be OP Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation (TO 2b, Specific Objective 1.2, "Increase the supply of digital services, applications and integrated ICT solutions for enterprises"). Projects within this specific objective support ICT-enabled innovations in enterprises.

    Knowledge-intensive academic spin-offs aiming to implement some of the digital services in the project description can get funding and support through OP Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, TO 1b (Specific Objective 1.1 "Increase enterprise initiatives and collaborations to develop innovative entrepreneurship in line with the national RIS3").

  • Which other transnational sources of funding could be relevant? For which element of the project? Open or Close

    As the idea refers mainly to adopting off-the-shelf technologies to very local needs, it does not – as such – provide many opportunities for international collaborations and hence, access to other EU funding streams.

  • Which other regional sources of funding could be relevant? For which element of the project? Open or Close

    Not relevant

  • Key barriers for the development of the idea Open or Close

    Difficulties in collaborating with regional Educational Academic Institutions. Identification and attracting of individually skilled personnel for the development of the idea

  • Steps forward Open or Close

    As the project fits within the national and regional OPs, the following is advised.

    • 1. The OP Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation is the principal source of funding for this project idea. Interested stakeholders will have to wait for the relevant calls.
    • 2. In developing its call under TO3d (SO5) the ROP managing authority should take into account that certain local needs would not be eligible under SO 1.2 of OP Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Cluster for marble

Cluster for marble value chain

A marble cluster would help across the different elements of the value chain. First, it would help to capitalise the uniqueness of the regional marbles and create/promote a strong regional brand. This would support exports and growth in international markets. The regional brand/cluster could be used to promote the marble tradition in cultural tourism initiatives and to undertake joint R&D efforts to optimise processes and explore new product development. Expected outcomes include more exports, improved profitability as well as more sustainability.


New uses for marble residues

Development and Diffusion of know-how on reusing quarry and marble processing residues and scrap

The processing/management of marble debris and residues might include debris recycling, uses of by-products in areas like 3D printing, or in the construction industry (manufacture of synthetic marble, or chippings), or in organic cleaning of urban waste as soil improver / fertilizer or even production of new materials. Expected outcomes include a reduction of unprocessed waste or residues and more added value for quarries and marble processing plants.