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SmartCow: an integrated infrastructure for increased research capability and innovation in the European cattle sector

Objective

SmartCow integrates key European cattle research infrastructures, to promote their coordinated use and development and thereby help the European cattle sector face the challenge of sustainable production. Covering all the relevant scientific fields and the diversity of cattle types and production systems, SmartCow will provide the academic and private research communities with easy access to 11 major research infrastructures from 7 countries (18 installations) of high quality services and resources. These are needed to develop innovative and ethical solutions for efficient use of animal and feed resources that promote animal welfare and healthy livestock, as well as sustainable competitiveness.
SmartCow combines strong scientific and technical skills in animal nutrition (in vivo methods for nutrient utilisation and emissions measurements), genetics (genotyped animals, phenotyping capabilities), health and welfare (sensors and automatic recordings of physiological and behavioural traits) and ethics in animal experimentation. A central promotion and management of transnational access to the research infrastructures will provide access to around 10,000 cow.weeks and facilitate up to 33 research projects involving 59 users. Networking activities will harmonise and standardise procedures especially in animal care and measurements, design of experiments, data recording and analysis thanks to a cloud-based data-platform specifically developed in the project. Joint research activities will produce refined methods and proxies to evaluate feed efficiency and emissions, develop new protocols to reduce the use of animals and produce new methods to exploit sensor data for cattle husbandry. Promotion of transnational access and dissemination of SmartCow outcomes and innovations for maximum impact will be supported by a Stakeholder Platform composed of pre- and post-farm gate industry, farmer organisations, NGOs, policy makers at national and EU levels.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy

Call for proposal

H2020-INFRAIA-2017-1-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 887 022,50

Participants (13)

SRUC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 414 246,25
Address
West Mains Road
EH9 3JG Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 239 502,50
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 337 347,50
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE UNIVERSITY OF READING
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 522 657,50
Address
Whiteknights Campus Whiteknights House
RG6 6AH Reading
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR NUTZTIERBIOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 400 603,25
Address
Wilhelm-stahl-allee 2
18196 Dummerstorf
Activity type
Research Organisations
TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 379 370,75
Address
Oak Park
R93 Carlow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 587 553,75
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 273 964,75
Address
Ctra C-59 Km 12 Torre Marimon
08140 Caldes De Montbui Barcelona
Activity type
Other
CENTRE WALLON DE RECHERCHES AGRONOMIQUES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 176 547,50
Address
Rue De Liroux 9
5030 Gembloux
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT DE L'ELEVAGE
France
EU contribution
€ 138 402,50
Address
Rue De Bercy 149
75012 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
FEDERAZIONE EUROPEA DI ZOOTECNICA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 141 950
Address
Via Giuseppe Tomassetti 3 A/1
00161 Roma
Activity type
Other
AGRIMETRICS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 220 250
Address
West Common Hertfordshire
AL5 2JQ Harpenden
Activity type
Research Organisations
INRAE TRANSFERT SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 280 525
Address
Rue Du Docteur Finlay 28
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)