Business-Oriented Support to the European Robotics and Agri-food Sector, towards a network of Digital Innovation Hubs in Robotics

Project: EU project

Project Details


agROBOfood is dedicated to accelerate the digital transformation of the European agri-food sector through the adoption of robotic technologies. It will consolidate, extend and strengthen the current ecosystem by establishing a sustainable network of DIHs. This will boost the uptake of robotic solutions by the agri-food sector: a huge challenge requiring an inclusive approach involving all relevant European players. The agROBOfood consortium has 39 partners, led by Wageningen University & Research and other core partners of previous key projects such as IoF2020, ROBOTT-NET, PicknPack and I4MS, to leverage the ecosystem that was established in those projects. The heart of the project is formed by Innovation Experiments (IEs), organized and monitored by the DIHs. In each of the 7 Regional Clusters, an initial IE will demonstrate the robotics innovations in agri-food in a manner that ensures replicability across Europe, wide adoption and sustainability of the DIHs network. agROBOfood will work in lockstep with the European robotics community, ensuring synergetic effects with initiatives such as EU-Robotics. This will maximize the return of European, including private capital, investments in the digital transformation of agri-food. A key instrument to achieve this objective is the Industrial Advisory Board. They will provide strategic guidance and also define priorities for the selection of solutions to be funded. Open Calls of 8MEUR will attract additional Innovation Experiments (12) and Industrial Challenges (8). These will expand the network and ensure that vast technological developments and emerging challenges of the agri-food sector are incorporated in the service portfolio of DIHs. Through its inclusive structure and ambitious targets, agROBOfood aims to bring the entire European ecosystem together; connecting the dots in a way that ensures effective adoption of robotics technologies in the European agri-food sector.
Effective start/end date1/06/1929/02/24

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Saia Agrobotics B.V. (Project partner)
  • JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (Project partner)
  • Krivaja d.o.o. (Project partner)
  • Robotnik Automation S.L.L. (Project partner)
  • Startup Division VšĮ (Project partner)
  • CAM Engineering d.o.o. Novi Sad (Project partner)
  • Agricultural and Environmental Solutions (AGENSO) (Project partner)
  • Waterford Institute of Technology (Project partner)
  • SITIA (Project partner)
  • Associació AEI Innovi (Agrupació Empresarial Innovadora) (Project partner)
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V. (Project partner)
  • Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA) (Project partner)
  • Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology, and Science (INESC-TEC) (Project partner)
  • Danish Technological Institute (DTI) (Project partner)
  • Fundación para las Tecnologías Auxiliares de la Agricultura (TECNOVA) (Project partner)
  • Agreenculture (Project partner)
  • B&A-Automation Bvba (Project partner)
  • Eigen Vermogen VH Instituut voor Landbouw- en Visserijonderzoek (ILVO) (Project partner)
  • DRAXIS Environmental S.A. (Project partner)
  • National Research Council (CNR) (Project partner)
  • Vitirover SAS (Project partner)
  • VitiBot (Project partner)
  • Agricultural University of Athens (Project partner)
  • Comité Européen des groupements de constructeurs du machinisme agricole (CEMA AISBL) (Project partner)
  • High Tech NL (Project partner)
  • B.V. (Project partner)
  • Bulgarian Innovation and Technology Hub (Project partner)
  • Q-Technologies Ltd (Project partner)
  • BioSense Institute (Project partner)
  • Fundació Eurecat (Project partner)
  • National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE) (Project partner)
  • Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF) (Project partner)
  • Etam S.A. (Project partner)
  • Technicon ApS (Project partner)
  • E-stratos Geosystems S.L. (Project partner)
  • Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) (Project partner)
  • Stichting Wageningen Research (Project partner) (lead)

Funding category

  • EU-H2020


  • H2020-DT-2018-1
  • Robotics