Empowering the FUTure though innovative Smart Solutions for rURAL areas

FUTURAL is an ambitious Horizon Europe project (2023-2027) aimed at delivering smart solutions customized to meet the specific needs of rural communities. Through the project, FUTURAL will design, test, and implement community-led, social, technological, and business innovations in diverse rural contexts, considering geographical and socio-cultural factors. By doing so, it will offer a range of digital Smart Solutions (SS) developed within the project, along with solutions from other EU initiatives, to effectively address significant societal, environmental, and financial challenges. Ultimately, FUTURAL aims to empower rural communities to actively participate in and drive positive change.

The FUTURAL collaboration brings together 21 partners from ten (10) EU countries to reinforce a multi-actor approach by bringing together academic and research institutes, industrial companies, service providers and non-profit organisations from across the IT, Social Science and Humanities, Business, Rural research, policy and public administration sectors.

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. Furthermore, it will strive to maximize the project’s contribution to the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) objectives regarding smart village development. In addition to leading WP6, AEIDL also spearheads the EU-RIF Platform, an inclusive platform dedicated to enhancing stakeholder engagement across Europe. The platform serves as a hub for knowledge and technology transfer, enabling the exchange of expertise and ideas at all levels.

Projects in Rural and Territorial Development (RTD)

International Networking, Capacity Development including international study visits, Smart Village Concept in Armenia


RURBANIVE - RUral-uRBAN synergies emerged in an immersIVE innovation ecosystem


SMART ERA - SMART community-led transition for Europe's Rural Areas


Development of step-by-step guidelines for participatory Digital Villages Initiative roadmap design and a practical toolkit


RPSO - Rural Pact Support Office


GRANULAR - Giving Rural Actors Novel data and re-Useable tools to Lead public Action in Rural areas


SafeHabitus - Strengthening Farm Health and Safety Knowledge and Innovation System Assessing and improving labour conditions and health and safety at work in farming


Empowering Rural Communities to Act for Change


Empowering the FUTure though innovative Smart Solutions for rURAL areas

GRASS Ceiling

GRASS Ceiling - Gender Equality in Rural and Agricultural Innovation SystemS



Tools4CAP - Innovative Toolbox empowering effective CAP governance towards EU ambitions


CODECS - Assessing the impacts of digital technologies in agriculture – Cost, benefits, and potential for sustainability gains

BEATLES - Uncovering lock-ins and levers to encourage farmers to move to and stay in sustainable, climate-neutral and biodiversity-friendly farming systems: from experiments to systemic mechanisms


Service Contract for Establishing and Running FAME-NET

MOVING (2020-2024)

MOVING - Building modern rural policies on long-term visions and societal engagement - MOuntain Valorisation through INterconnectedness and Green Growth


Contract for Networking Activities in Support of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) - Lot 1:Support for networking concerning the design and implementation of CAP strategic plan (CAP NETWORK)