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EIP-AGRI Innovation Awards 2024 for Operational Groups

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The applications to the EIP-AGRI Innovation Awards 2024 for Operational Groups (OG) closed on 8 February 2024. We are now pleased to announce the 30 nominees and we invite you to vote for your favourite.

The public favourite vote is open!

30 Operational Groups have been selected as nominees across the six award categories in the EIP-AGRI Innovation Awards 2024. An expert jury will select one winner for each category. A seventh award will be given to one of the 30 nominees as the ‘public favourite’, and for this, we need your help!

Each of the nominees have submitted a video presenting their project. You can now watch all these videos. Find out what these Operational Groups have been working on, who they are working with and what impact and results their projects have produced.

Enjoy discovering these inspirational Operational Groups and vote for your favourite by 3 May 2024, 23:59 CET!

Discover the nominees Vote for your favourite

About the EIP-AGRI Innovation Awards

Since the establishment of EIP-AGRI in 2012, more than 3 400 Operational Groups (OGs) have contributed to the increased productivity and sustainability of agriculture and forestry in the EU.

In order to celebrate the great variety of innovative OG projects and their achievements over the past eight years, the EU CAP Network support unit for Innovation and Knowledge exchange | EIP-AGRI is organising the EIP-AGRI Innovation Awards.

The main objective of the awards is to recognise and reward outstanding EIP-AGRI OGs which have developed innovative practices, solutions, products and processes.

There are six award categories. Within each category, five OGs will be selected as nominees. From those nominees, one winner per category will receive an award. A seventh award will be given to the ‘public favourite’.

The awards ceremony will be organised as integral part of the EU CAP Network Conference ‘EIP-AGRI Operational Groups: Innovation in practice’ taking place on 7 May 2024 in Estoril (Portugal).

Timeline for applications

Step 1

  • 18 December 2023 - Call opens
  • 8 February 2024 - Deadline for submission
  • 15 February 2024 - Applicants informed of their eligibility
  • 8 March 2024 - Nominees announced

Step 2

  • 8 March 2024 - Submission of videos by nominees opens
  • 1 April 2024 - Submission of videos by nominees closes
  • 15 April 2024 - Public favourite – voting opens
  • 3 May 2024 - Public favourite – voting closes
  • 7 May 2024 - Nominees presented and winners announced at awards ceremony in Estoril, Portugal

Award Categories

There are six categories. Operational Groups could apply to the one which was the most relevant to their project outcomes.
The guidelines document contains further details on each category.

Sustainable management of natural resources in farming practices

EIP-AGRI Operational Groups that demonstrate innovative practices in resource efficiency and management which support sustainable transitions in agricultural systems. OGs in this category can cover topics such as soil, water, air pollution and more.

Business models in food supply chains

EIP-AGRI Operational Groups that showcase innovative business models with a focus on short food supply chains, marketing and consumption initiatives which have the potential to improve farm incomes, promote sustainable farming systems and contribute to local economic development.

Animal welfare and husbandry

EIP-AGRI Operational Groups that contribute to improving animal welfare and sustainability of animal farms through innovative practices related to cage-free practices, precision livestock farming, new commercial opportunities and so on.

Climate change mitigation and adaptation

EIP-AGRI Operational Groups that strengthen resilience of agriculture and rural areas through innovative initiatives and practices directly related to climate change mitigation and adaptation or related to efficient energy management.

Sustainable forest management

EIP-AGRI Operational Groups that showcase innovative forest management approaches related to, for example: climate-smart forestry, pests and diseases management, nature restoration, forest ecosystem services, new technologies and circular bioeconomy.


EIP-AGRI Operational Groups that demonstrate how digitalisation has great potential to increase profitability, improve working conditions for farmers, foresters and others, as well as to improve the environmental and climate impact of agriculture and forestry.

Public Favourite Award

The wider European public will be able to vote for their favourite OG amongst the 30 nominees. Once the nominees have been announced, their videos will be published on this webpage and voting for the ‘public favourite’ will open.


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EIP-AGRI Innovation awards 2024 - Guidelines for applicants

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Questions from the application form

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Innovation in practice: Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

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