The European Commission aims at better coordinating future research and funding for agriculture across the different programmes. Therefore, the Union's Common agricultural and fisheries policies (CAP/CFP) will become more relevant for Horizon 2020, namely the programme development within this Societal Challenge, and possible synergies with other EU funding instruments such as the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Fisheries Fund will be explored. Additionally, the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) which exists since 1974 was given a renewed mandate to play a major role in the coordination of agricultural research efforts across the European Research Area.
In order to promote the networking and cooperation of the different stakeholdes, especially from industry and Member States, the Commission has established the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) "Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability". It is intended as an active interface between agriculture, the bioeconomy, research and other stakeholders on a European, national and regional level and should catalyze the efficiency of innovation activities.
A European bioeconomy observatory for mapping and monitoring of reseach, innovation, policies and market development of the bioeconomy will be developed to give a better visibility to and create synergies within this area.
There are different stakeholder initiatives which set up strategic research agendas with a view to European cooperation in R&D, such as:
Besides the Directorate-General Research and Innovation (DG RTD) the activities of the following Directorates-General (DG) are relevant for this thematic area: