DEMETER is a project funded by H2020 under the Digital Platforms area (therefore, part of the implementation of the so-called Digitizing European Industry policy or DEI). As a project, its focus is on large-scale deployments of farmer-driven, interoperable smart farming-IoT (Internet of Things) based platforms, delivered through a series of 20 pilots across 18 countries (15 EU countries). Involving 60 partners, DEMETER adopts a multi-actor approach across the value chain (demand and supply), with 25 deployment sites, 6,000 farmers and over 38,000 devices and sensors being deployed.

DEMETER is one of the flagship projects in DG CONNECT to maximize and understand the usage of datasets in agriculture. It is not by chance that it builds upon some of the results of our bioeconomy large scale pilot (Big Data Value PPP) DataBio. Some relevant BDVA members work in it, such as Intrasoft, Engineering, Tragsa or Atos.

In few months other players will have the opportunity to get involved in this challenge with solutions for farmers.

The DEMETER Open Call #1 – DEVELOP aims to attract and engage startups and SMEs with technology products that can be implemented within the agro-business sector. DEMETER will fund the integration and interoperability activities of these technology solutions. Such solutions will enlarge and enrich the pool of technology offers/options within DEMETER, towards the co-creation of particular solutions to overcome end-users’ needs and challenges. A total budget of €300,000 is available with 8-12 applications expected to be selected.

The Open Calls topics are:

  1. Soil workability and humidity monitoring
  2. Interoperable Geo Tagged Photo APP
  3. ISOBUS enabler
  4. Blockchain-based solutions for agricultural applications
  5. DEMETER Business process integration (BPM)


Submission to the DEMETER Open Call #1 – DEVELOP will open on the 16th of September 2020 and close on the 18th of November 2020 (17.00 CET).