Consortium Overview

Multi-disciplinary consortium with 21 EU partners, 2 UK partners (CG and JHI), 1 Norwegian partner (NIBIO), and 6 Chinese partners.

European partners include 14 public research organizations, 7 SMEs, 2 non-profit growers’ organizations (COEXPHAL, LGNL), and 1 non-profit private organization (ESSRG).

Chinese partners consist of 4 public research institutions/universities and 2 private companies.

Partners selected based on strict criteria for innovation action, aiming to strengthen international cooperation with actors from China in the areas of sustainable nutrient management in agriculture.

Primary Selection Criteria for Technological Work Packages (WP2, WP3, WP4):

  • Excellence in research and innovation related to nutrient management, environmental protection, and supportive disciplines.
  • Balanced coverage of different disciplines for the technical challenges addressed in the call
  • Deployment of multidisciplinary teams for a multi-actor approach.
  • Inclusion of key experts to design a holistic concept based on circularity for next-generation agriculture.
  • Emphasis on partners with innovative technologies at TRL 4-5, interested in increasing TRL to 7 or higher.

Additional Selection Criteria:

  • Specialized partners in dissemination, communication, result exploitation, training, environmental monitoring, assessment, socioeconomic aspects, data management, and financial management.
  • Consideration of previous cooperation, existing connections between European and Chinese organizations related to nutrient management, and gender balance.

Communication and Collaboration between EU and China:

SPI acts as a bridge for administrative issues.

CAU (Professor Qing Chen) is the project leader for Chinese organizations.

Chinese Deputy Leader assigned for each WP

Two Chinese demonstration centres selected in two different locations in China

Five Chinese stakeholders (agricultural associations and industrial enterprises) are included in the core list.

Regular meetings, visits, and communication enhance collaboration between EU and China.

Project Coordination:

AUA, represented by Prof. Dimitrios Savvas, Director of the Laboratory of Vegetable Production and Dean of the Faculty of Plant Sciences with 30 years activity in research and consultancy focusing mainly on nutrition and fertilisation of horticultural crops, is the coordinator.

Coordinator represents the consortium to REA, promotes and supervises technical and scientific progress, and ensures networking links.

General Assembly (GA) composed of one representative from each partner organization convenes to review progress and make decisions.

Management Committee (MC) includes coordinator, Deputy Leader of WP7 (Project Management and Coordination), coordinator of Chinese organizations, and all WP leaders for strategic management.

Administrative Structure:

Each WP has a leader, Deputy Leader (Europe and China), Task Leader, and co-Leader.

Administrative management handled by experienced staff at AUA.

Decision-making supported by GA and EAB members.

MC responsible for internal monitoring, financial resource use, and decisions on unforeseen circumstances.

Administrative staff supports MC for quality control, REA meetings, and deliverable preparation and submission.

External Advisory Board (EAB) for ECONUTRI:

Comprises three world-renowned experts in various disciplines relevant to nutrient management in agriculture.

Tasked with maximizing the quality of project monitoring and evaluation.

Monitors project progress and offers external feedback, assessments, and suggestions.

EAB members will be invited to two workshops during project meetings to provide external monitoring reports.