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FUTURAL Open Call for Smart Solutions in Rural Areas

Jul 2, 2024 | News

To fuel the growth trajectory of digital solutions for rural area empowerment and boost the overall project impact, FUTURAL will launch a single Open Call (OC) to fund at least ten (10) additional projects that will develop their own SS (different from the eight smart solutions developed by the FUTURAL partners), based on the five FUTURAL SS domains, to be applied in other rural areas (in at least ten European rural areas other than the areas covered by the six MAP areas) and be available on the project’s Metasearch Platform, providing Financial Support to Third Parties (FSTP) as a mechanism to increase the number of SS available to rural communities and accelerate network expansion.

Within this collaborative effort, AEIDL assumes responsibility for WP6 on Policy-making and Governance. WP6 will focus on generating policy recommendations and governance frameworks that promote sustainable and inclusive development in rural areas. 

The FUTURAL Open Call will provide a significant opportunity to encourage SMEs and other interested parties (e.g., start-ups, research organisations and rural communities) to develop and apply their own Smart Solutions within the 5 FUTURAL domains, therefore increasing the number of Smart Solutions available to rural communities.

The Open Call aims to:

  • Address a wider range of societal and environmental challenges related to the 5 FUTURAL domains.
  • Harness the potential of using data from multiple sources and make users themselves part of the solution.
  • Enable the transferability and accelerate the uptake and upscale of the digital smart solutions at a pan-European level towards sustainable and resilient rural areas.
  • Enhance the FUTURAL meta-search platform by adding at least ten (10) SS co-created within rural communities across Europe.

Proposals must be delivered before September 30th, 2024, at 17:00 CET.

Find out all the details and apply here!