Gender Equality in Rural and Agricultural Innovation System 

GRASS Ceiling is a Horizon Europe project (2023-2025) aims to to boost women-led innovation in farming and rural areas. It is coordinated by the South East Technological University (SETU) and brings together 25 partners from across Europe. 

The project will develop a context where women can drive socio-ecological transitions, that is, develop innovations in response to socio-ecological challenges and strengthen the resilience of rural areas. This is essential to deliver the UN’s goals on gender parity, realise the EU gender equality strategy, and achieve the goals of the Green Deal, the Farm to Fork strategy, the Long-Term Vision for Rural Areas and the European Pillar of Social Rights. 

AEIDL is the leader of the work package on co-creation of recommendations and tools for policy and knowledge and innovation systems that boost women’s role in the sustainable development of agriculture and rural areas. Its work is designed to respond to three specific objectives: 

  • To develop recommendation in collaboration with policy makers, women innovators, and other actors involved in the innovation eco-system, to repair the gender-bias of relevant policies and governance frameworks  
  • To address the gender-specific obstacles identified by developing relevant innovation-support tools.  
  • To develop policy tools for policy makers and trainers to identify, reward and favour the adoption of practical user-centred women-led interactive innovation initiatives.  

In addition, together with COPA-COGECA, AEIDL coordinates the European Policy Forum for women-led innovation in agriculture and rural areas for social learning and showcasing women-led innovation. It is understood as an European-wide Science-Society-Policy interface to: 

  • provide a space for engagement between project stakeholders (including women innovators, living labs, researchers, etc.) and the wider community of experts, researchers, policy makers and stakeholder organisation at different levels working on supporting women-led innovation in agriculture and rural areas.  
  • offer a direct channel to facilitate knowledge transfer and peer learning, awareness-raising, and exploitation through the implementation of three international multi-actor webinars and workshops.  

Projects in Rural and Territorial Development (RTD)


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)