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 (NPOs) from across the IT, Social Science and Humanities, Business, Rural research, policy and public administration sectors. This synthesis, which combines the R&I capacities of research institutes with the technology development skills of the industry and the dissemination and communication skills of NPOs, covers a broad spectrum. It thus covers the wide range of practical and theoretical expertise required to achieve the project objectives and adopts a well-structured organizational structure based on the DESCA (Development of a Simplified Consortium Agreement) project module, providing a reliable frame of reference for the FUTURAL consortium. The multi-actor approach is necessary to bring all key stakeholders in the value chain to the table and engage them in developing and implementing realistic solutions aimed at effectively addressing the difficulties faced by rural communities.
The consortium is in a strong position to deliver the results promised in this proposal. In addition, the consortium has extensive expertise in the Social Sciences and Humanities, as well as open science practices in research and development. Finally, the consortium partners guarantee that gender equality is considered internally at all stages of research and innovation and that this is subsequently implemented throughout their collaboration. To put its concept into action, FUTURAL will bring together organisations from the following sectors: