ICT-AGRI research call

The ICT-AGRI research call 2017 aims to develop an efficient and competitive agriculture sector using new Information and communications technology (ICT) and robotics. Find out more about the research call.


Support for researchers

The European Commission's ERA-NET scheme funds ICT-AGRI. The aim of the scheme is to develop research programmes in specific fields.

The scope of ICT-AGRI call 2017 includes many technologies, including the "internet of things" and automated agricultural machinery. There's potential for the sustainable intensification of primary food production.

MPI has provided NZD$900,000 to support New Zealand researchers who are part of successful ICT-AGRI proposals. These funds draw on the government's support for the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA).

Research focus

ICT-AGRI research focuses on 3 topics:

  1. Agricultural research on use of sensor data for decision support.
  2. Application development for precision farming.
  3. Integration of third-party applications with Farm Management Systems.

We’ll only accept proposals that:

  • show alignment with GRA activities on agricultural greenhouse gases research groups
  • complement and extend New Zealand's domestic research programme on greenhouse gas mitigation in the agricultural sector.

Creating a proposal

The ICT-AGRI site has information about making a proposal.

Process and approximate key dates

  • Call launch: January 2017
  • Applications close: April 2017
  • Review close: May 2017
  • Selection: July 2017
  • Proposal negotiations completed: October 2017
  • Projects start: from December 2017*

*NZ GRA funding will finish on 30 June 2020. The New Zealand component of the projects will finish then.

Find out more

Who to contact

If you have questions about the Global Research Alliance and MPI's involvement, email gpler@mpi.govt.nz

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