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NICHE  =  Building innovative food value chains in regions
Innovating the food sector through technology and collaboration

Project Status:
Live Project
Project Leader:
Funding Programme:
INTERREG Europe
Project Budget:
€1,330,099
Start Date:
Apr, 2016
Finish Date:
Mar, 2017
The aim of the project is to:

Improve existing policies by increasing the adoption of research and innovation solutions by food sector companies in their regions to give response to the demand of this sector identified as a high­-potential sector for their smart growth.

Specific objectives are to:
  • Pioneer an open innovation approach in the food sector bringing together all the relevant stakeholders under a quadruplehelix model i.e. research centres, universities, enterprises, policy makers, innovation agencies, final consumers, etc, at both regional and interregional level, to propose actions based on a mutual learning exercise that will improve the regional policies supporting the introduction of innovation into the regional food value changes.
  • Establish regional open innovation ecosystems to assure the perpetuation of a systemic support to the innovation applied to the food sector.
  • Exchange and learn from experiences among regions sharing similar challenges, opportunities and areas of smart specialization.
RegionOrganisation / Role
Derry & Strabane
United Kingdom
Derry City and Strabane District Council
Implementing an action plan to enhance instruments supporting innovation in the food sector in Derry and Strabane
Donegal
Ireland
Donegal County Council
Implementing an action plan to enhance instruments supporting innovation in the food sector in Donegal
Donegal
Ireland
ERNACT
Provide project management support and facilitation to the project.
Louna-Eesti
Estonia
Tartu Science Park Foundation
Implementing an action plan to enhance instruments supporting innovation in the food sector in Estonia
Region of Crete
Greece
Region of Crete
Implementing an action plan to enhance instruments supporting innovation in the food sector in Crete
REGION PÓŁNOCNY
Poland
Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship
Implementing an action plan to enhance instruments supporting innovation in the food sector in Kujawsko-Pomorskie
South Ostrobothnia
Finland
Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia
Implementing an action plan to enhance instruments supporting innovation in the food sector in Soth Ostrobohnia
West Romania
Romania
WRDA
Lead Partner for the project, with overall resp. for delivering the project within budget and liaison with EU
The food sector as a whole is faced with major challenges that arise from changes in the sector's economic and noneconomic environments. The availability of safe, sustainable and healthy food has taken a new and pressing dimension in the light of an evergrowing global population and increasing environmental and sustainability concerns.

Technology has already substantially reshaped the business models, value chains and efficiencies in this sector, but a new wave of driven innovation is needed to give response to this new demand.

A special feature of the food production sector in Europe is that the 99% of the enterprises, generating 50% of the turnover, are SMEs. These current challenges cannot be met by any individual enterprise but require concerted actions and coordination of initiatives.

Aware of the role that innovation may have in giving response to this demanding sector, the NICHE project wish to realize its potential by effectively promoting policies in 7 European regions where food has been identified as a key sector to apply existing research and innovation strengths.

By working together the NICHE partnership aims, by 2019 and through the improvement of existing policies, achieve an average 15 % increase in the adoption of research and innovation solutions by food sector companies in their regions to give response to the demand of this sector identified as highpotential
sector for their smart growth.

In doing so is key the creation of the right conditions to maximize all this existing potential in the way of establishing effective open innovation ecosystems, at both regional and interregional level, that will bring together all the relevant actors to facilitate technology and knowledge exchange that will be translated in new products and services.

The project will establish these ecosystems that will last beyond the NICHE's lifecycle and where involved stakeholders will benefit of a more effective and productive way of collaboration.





CORE ERNACT REGIONS
Newfoundland and Labrador
Canada
South Ostrobothnia
Finland
Donegal
Ireland
West Romania
Romania
Banat
Serbia
Cantabria
Spain
San Sebastián
Spain
Västernorrlands
Sweden
Derry & Strabane
United Kingdom