The Bioregions Facility of the European Forests Institute has launched its Open Innovation Challenge, in order to identify and support the uptake of innovative solutions addressing forest bioeconomy challenges.
The Open Challenge is structured around three themes:
- Carbon Farming & Climate-Smart Forestry;
- Forest Monitoring, Early Warning and Response;
- Unleash the potential of Non-Wood Forest Products.
Startups, research teams, companies and individuals are all welcome to apply and present their innovative solutions.
The winners of the challenge in each theme will receive a grant and guidance to showcase and demonstrate their solution to key stakeholders in one or more bioregions. In this way winners will get insights into the fitness and feasibility of their solutions, find partners, clients and support from leading European Bioregions, gain recognition and advance in their professional networking. Bioregions members are North Karelia, Basque Country, North Rhine-Westphalia and Catalonia. They are leading forest regions in Boreal, Atlantic, Central European and Mediterranean contexts and thus provide test bed for solutions targeting Europe as a whole.
All information about how to apply can be found in the Grant submission guidelines, published on the EFI Grants webpage.