LIAISON - Better Rural Innovation: Linking Actors, Instruments and Policies through Networks

LIAISON - Better Rural Innovation: Linking Actors, Instruments and Policies through Networks

The European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI) was launched by the European Commission in 2012. The core concept promoted and facilitated by the EIP-Agri is the ‘interactive innovation approach’. This exciting new approach is already working well in EIP-AGRI Operational Groups and the numerous Horizon 2020 Multi-Actor projects, of which the LIAISON project is a great example. 


What is the LIAISON project?

LIAISON aims to make a significant and meaningful contribution to optimising interactive innovation project approaches and the delivery of EU policies to speed up innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas. Find out more about the project here 

Researchers, policy advisors, actors from interactive innovation projects, initiatives and networks, farm/forestry advisors, decision-makers and administrators will jointly investigate the design and implementation of interactive project approaches.

Enter the EU Rural Innovation Contest

  • Are you a farmer, forester or agri-food business or initiative with a success story to share?
  • Were you part of a recent innovative , inspiring & groundbreaking initiative? (farming/forestry/agri-food supply chain)
  • Did your project include expertise from other partners  with a scientific  or practical  background?

If the answer is YES , please enter LIAISON’s EU Rural Innovation Contest here ( ) between now and 15 March 2019. You may be selected as one of 15  Rural Innovation Ambassadors to receive international recognition at prestigious awards ceremony in November 2019. We will make a video for your project. You will receive international recognition, and you can benefit from the cooperation the LIAISON project and its European network. See the Contest Flyer here

What can you expect from LIAISON

LIAISON will produce practice-ready methods and tools for optimising the use of the interactive innovation approach in projects funded within the framework of the EIP-AGRI ‑ and beyond. During the lifetime of LIAISON there will be:

•  A European Rural Innovation Contest  concluding with an interactive database (Story Map)  of around 150 case studies and the nomination of 15 Rural Innovation Ambassadors

•  On-going support  provided to the AKIS Strategic Working Group of the DG AGRI Standing Committee on Agricultural Research

•  A series of in-depth, hands-on ‘How To’ Guides  for fostering co-creation and co-learning when working with interactive innovation projects (e.g. innovation support services)

•  Policy Briefs on improving the institutional environment  for interactive innovation projects (e.g. for RDP Managing Authorities) implementing the EIP-AGRI at national/regional level

•  Videos and other communication materials  presenting good practices in the planning and implementation of interactive innovation projects

All of the above ‑ and more ‑ available as a web-based Interactive Innovation Tool Box .

All practice and policy-orientated project outputs generated by LIAISON will be subject to a process of validation and fine-tuning process based upon practical peer-review by consortium members and other closely involved actors and stakeholders.



This project received funding from the HORIZON2020 research and innovation program of the European Union under the grant agreement nº 773418.

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José Muñoz-Rojas Morenés
ICAAM-Universidade de Évora
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