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Mounting a European project

International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies / Montpellier Mediterranean Agronomy Institute, CIHEAM-IAMM
Support in mounting European project HNV LINK (CSA H2020-ISIB-2015-1)
Customer scope: 

CIHEAM deputy director/Innovative project manager

Efficient Innovation team: 

2 consultants on a 1-month mission

The Mediterranean Institute of Agronomy, Montpellier (IAMM) is one of the four Mediterranean institutes of agronomy making up the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM). The missions of the CIHEAM, and therefore of the CIHEAM-IAMM, are to train farming executives from the Mediterranean countries, to conduct studies and research on Mediterranean agriculture in its international context, and to implement cooperative projects between the countries and stakeholders in the Mediterranean region.

As part of its involvement in agro-pastoralism, especially the “Causses and Cévennes” site, the CIHEAM-IAMM wished to set up a network for exchanging innovations and good pastoral practices. Agropastoralism is defined as being a livestock farming system which largely uses spontaneous plant resources for grazing, is usually extensive and is either practised on the holding itself, or with transhumance or nomadism.

Having identified suitable partners for conducting this kind of project, the CIHEAM asked for the help of our expert consultants from our Agro unit in mounting the “HNV-LINK “ project in response to the European call for proposals H2020: H2020-ISIB-2015-1. “Closing the research and innovation divide: the crucial role of innovation support services and knowledge exchanges”.

Mission method: 

We assisted the CIHEAM-IAM, which was coordinating the project, from the first multi-partner meeting right up to submission of the completed project proposal on the European Commission’s platform.

Our mission consisted of:


  • Drawing up a suitable action plan to the set deadlines
  • Acting as facilitator as the proposal was put together: coordination of the contributions of the different participants
  • Providing tools and good practices for setting up the CSA
  • Support in preparing and facilitation of multi-partner preparatory meetings

Writing the application:

  • We produced a complete application in line with the strategy of the CIHEAM-IAMM and the partners in the consortium, the expectations of the EC and the funding programme’s specification.

Managing the application procedure:

  • Gathering and submitting all the annexes required for the application. We took charge of managing the submission platform, notably in anticipation of potential difficulties in submitting the project in electronic form.
Mission outcome 

The HNV-LINK project was selected by the European Commission, with a rating of 14/15.

Indirect mission outcome 

The HNV-LINK project is scheduled to start in 2016 and, thanks to the network which has been set up, should improve the socio-economic viability of pastoral systems while making them environmentally more effective.