Call for proposals 2017 - H2020 - Rural renaissance H2020-RUR-2018-2020 Closed!


The Rural Renaissance call will enhance the natural, social, cultural and economic potential of rural areas[[For the purpose of this call, the term "rural" is understood in a wide sense and also includes peri-urban, remote, mountain and coastal areas, unless otherwise specified in the topic description.]] and support policy coherence. It will boost economic development, ecosystem services and entrepreneurial innovation. This will be achieved by building on diversification and modernisation strategies, improving governance models, supporting innovative food and non-food[[Non-food chains include wood.]] value chains, and capitalising on local assets, including human natural and cultural capital.

The call will renew relevant policies dealing with rural areas and their analytical support tools. It will develop synergies between the main economic sectors of rural areas, strengthen the sustainable development of food and non-food chains making use of territorial assets, support the development of the circular economy in rural areas, develop a comprehensive approach towards digitisation as an enabler of rural economies, improve the agricultural knowledge and innovation systems (AKIS) in Europe so as to boost innovation and the delivery of the European Innovation Partnership "Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (so-called EIP-AGRI).


Activities under the RUR call will be instrumental in implementing the Focus Areas "Digitising and transforming European industry and services" and "Connecting economic and environmental gains – the Circular Economy". Also, to a lesser extent, they will contribute to the Focus Area "Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future".

This call covers the following topics:

  • CE-RUR-08-2018-2019-2020: Closing nutrient cycles
  • CE-RUR-10-2019: Circular bio-based business models for rural communities
  • DT-RUR-12-2018: ICT Innovation for agriculture – Digital Innovation Hubs for Agriculture
  • LC-RUR-11-2019-2020: Sustainable wood value chains
  • RUR-01-2018-2019: Building modern rural policies on long-term visions and societal engagement
  • RUR-02-2018: Socio-economic impacts of digitisation of agriculture and rural areas
  • RUR-03-2018: Contracts for effective and lasting delivery of agri-environmental public goods
  • RUR-04-2018-2019: Analytical tools and models to support policies related to agriculture and food
  • RUR-09-2018: Realising the potential of regional and local bio-based economies
  • RUR-13-2018: Enabling the farm advisor community to prepare farmers for the digital age
  • RUR-14-2018: Digital solutions and e-tools to modernise the CAP
  • RUR-15-2018-2019-2020: Thematic networks compiling knowledge ready for practice
  • RUR-16-2019: Fuelling the potential of advisors for innovation

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 86,43 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 13 February 2018 - 3 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 11 September 2018 - 3 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 23 January 2019 - 2 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 04 September 2019 - 2 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Work Programme 2018-2020 (Work programme)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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