European Consortia Powered by OriginTrail

OriginTrail
Oct 10, 2019 · 6 min read

As an open-source blockchain-based technology paving the way to large-scale adoption, the OriginTrail protocol is attracting interest from researchers, public institutions, and government decision-makers on an international level.

This is particularly visible in Europe. Throughout last year, Trace Labs, the core development company of the OriginTrail protocol, was very successful in joining several EU-funded initiatives and becoming a reliable technology partner in the projects. We are currently active in four European consortia and, in this blog post, you will have a complete overview of each one.

As work is already underway, with our team members attending project-related events and workshops all over Europe, we are often seeing that the OriginTrail protocol addresses the exact issues stakeholders from all over the continent are highlighting. These include interoperability of data, trust in data, and visibility of entire supply chains. With its value propositions, OriginTrail is getting a lot of attention from various stakeholders. This gives us additional confidence that we are on the right path with development.

With solutions and services on top of the protocol, such as the Network Operating System (nOS), more ready-made solutions are becoming available to use in various contexts. The projects will leverage the power of the OriginTrail Decentralised Network (ODN) to deliver an unparalleled level of supply chain transparency and more efficient data exchanges amongst farmers and food companies.

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The key financial instrument for backing these open calls is usually Horizon 2020, EU’s flagship research and innovation funding program aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness.

Trace Labs is collaborating on two types of projects. In consortium-type projects like SmartAgriHubs and DEMETER), Trace Labs is closely collaborating with other partners on work packages to bring innovations to the market. In the other two cases, the initiative is funding the development of a specific solution as a stand-alone project managed by Trace Labs.

Currently Active EU-Funded Projects

SmartAgriHubs

This massive project assembles 140 digital innovation hubs, nine regional clusters and 28 flagship innovation experiments. It aims to bridge public-private funding by mobilizing additional funding (EUR 30 million). The project’s goal is to introduce 80 new digital solutions to the market (more info here). The OriginTrail protocol is part of one of the flagship innovation experiments.

Total Project Funding: EUR 22,423,146 of public funding under the Horizon 2020 instrument.

Number of Partners: 164 partners and growing (could be extended through open calls).

Notable Partners: Wageningen University & Research (managing partner), UK’s Innovation for Agriculture, Schuttelaar & Partners, Austrian Chamber for Agriculture, French region of Loire, and FIWARE.

Project Timeframe: Four years, 2018–2022.

Website: https://www.smartagrihubs.eu

Social Media Presence: Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 818182.

DEMETER

Total Project Funding: EUR 14,998,282.38

Number of Partners: 60

Notable Partners: Waterford Institute of Technology (managing partner), John Deere, and World Farmers’ Organisation.

Project Timeframe: 42 months, 2019–2023.

Website: http://h2020-demeter.eu/

Social Media Presence: Twitter | LinkedIn

Demeter is a Horizon 2020 project (857202) supported by the European Union.

LEDGER

Trace Labs is part of the initiative with the Food Data Market project, an inclusive data marketplace for sustainable food production, equitable distribution of gains, and digital sovereignty of citizens and farmers. Trace Labs is one of the top 5% teams, as almost 300 applicants applied and only 16 were selected for funding in this batch.

Total Project Funding: EUR 5,600,000

Number of Partners: Two batches of 16 teams each.

Notable Partners: Next Generation Internet (NGI), Blumorpho, Dyne, Ethereum Foundation, and IOTA Foundation.

Project Timeframe: 12 months, 2019–2020.

Website: https://ledgerproject.eu

Social Media Presence: Twitter

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme within the framework of the LEDGER Project funded under grant agreement No825268.

Blockchers

Trace Labs is part of the program with a project for an agricultural cooperative for automating and streamlining core processes and incentivizing sustainable farmers by using a public blockchain with built-in transparency and integrity.

Total Project Funding: More than EUR 300,000.

Number of Partners: 12

Notable Partners: Alastria and Frankfurt School Blockchain Center.

Project Timeframe: 2019–2020.

Website: https://blockchers.eu/

Social Media Presence: Twitter | Telegram | YouTube

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation framework programme through Grant Agreement no.828840.

We are constantly pursuing joining additional consortia where the OriginTrail protocol and the ODN could solve the tangible needs of partners and create impact. In the following months, we look forward to unveiling interesting new engagements.

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