for rural areas
FUTURAL will prototype, test, and demonstrate community-led, social, technological and business innovations in different geographical and socio-cultural rural contexts. It will deliver a set of digital Smart Solutions to address key societal, environmental and financial challenges and empower rural communities to engage in change.
Smart solutions tailored to rural communities’ needs
In an effort to empower rural areas in Europe, the FUTURAL project, co-funded by the European Union, launched in June 2023. These areas, with their vast social, cultural, geographical and
The FUTURAL project, co-funded by the European Union, initiated its journey with a kick-off meeting on the 15th & 16th of June in Athens, Greece where 21 partners from a
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Co-design, implement, monitor, and evaluate community-led social and business innovations based on digital smart solutions.
Test, pilot, and demonstrate the digital smart solutions for the 5 FUTURAL domains to address social and environmental challenges faced by rural communities.
Strengthen the capacity of rural communities to realise the potential of community- led innovations based on the proposed SS.
Networking and synergies
Establish synergies with rural innovator and CAP networks, smart villages, organisations, and other projects to enhance relations and knowledge exchange.
Propose policies and governance frameworks to maximise the project’s contribution in achieving future CAP objectives related to smart villages and develop business models to mainstream solutions.
For more resilient and sustainable rural areas, better connected and capable of improving their citizens’ well-being
To fuel the growth trajectory of digital solutions for rural area empowerment and boost the overall project impact, FUTURAL will launch a single Open Call providing Financial Support to Third Parties as a mechanism to increase the number of Smart Solutions available to rural communities and accelerate network expansion.
The FUTURAL collaboration brings together 21 partners from ten (10) EU countries to reinforce a multi-actor approach by bringing together academic and research institutes, industrial companies, service providers and non-profit organisations from across the IT, Social Science and Humanities, Business, Rural research, policy and public administration sectors.