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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:



European universities
with significant capacity and experience in fostering bottom-up, community-led innovations (UNIPI), as well as in research in agri-rural, environment- and climate-related sciences (AUA), digitalization (UPB, AUA), behavioural research (UNIPI), Social Sciences and Humanities (UNIPI), distant learning (AUA), and capacity building (UNIPI, AUA).


Research, technology and innovation organisations
(ICCS, Tecnalia, Alchemia, ART21, IHE-DELFT, DLR)
expertise and highly experienced in digitalization (ICCS), innovation and technology development related to infrastructure monitoring (Tecnalia), circular bioeconomy and agriFood tech solutions (Alchemia and ART21), hydrological models for climate adaptation (IHE-DELFT) and transportation in terms of accessibility (DLR).


Regional organisations
(Pongau, KIPA, Durangaldea, Birda Municipality, Jonava Municipality, PWV, Aquatim)
with significant expertise in rural networking, environmental sustainability and community-led innovation in areas such as territorial development, employment, entrepreneurship, social inclusion, environment, climate action and green growth, as well as policy design.


Rural networks
with significant expertise in networking and communications, as well as rural development including social, community, economic, environment, policy, and academic development.


Think tank and Policy network
with significant experience in cutting-edge research, networking and policy design, and in developing eGovernance platforms.


European association for local development
with significant experience in fostering bottom-up community-led innovations as well as experience in regional, national and EU policies and the design of policy recommendations.


Non-profit impact venture studio
with expertise in impact maximization, open call innovation stimulation, as well as business innovation and business modelling.

Meet FUTURAL Partners