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GROW Observatory

GROW Observatory

Objective

The GROW Observatory (GROW) will create a sustainable citizen platform and community to generate, share and utilise information on land, soil and water resource at a resolution hitherto not previously considered. The vision is to underpin smart and sustainable custodianship of land and soil, whilst meeting the demands of food production, and to answer a long-standing challenge for space science, namely the validation of soil moisture detection from satellites. GROW is highly innovative project leveraging and combining low cost consumer sensing technology, a simple soil test and a large user base of growers and plant enthusiasts to contribute individual soil and land data. It is designed to engage primarily individual growers and small-scale farmers across Europe, and to enable them to develop new wisdom and innovative practices through the collective power of shared and open data and knowledge. Citizens contributing data will gain access to the first single-source comprehensive crop and watering advice service for individual and small-scale growers incorporating scientific and crowdsourced information. Moreover, they will develop ‘campaigns’ (coordinated sampling operations) around local needs and issues, to underpin smarter decision-making and implementation of policy objectives. GROW will actively identify and enable new and credible social and business innovation processes, creating potential new services, applications and markets. The outcome will be a central hub of open knowledge and data created and maintained by growers that will be of value to the citizens themselves as well as specialist communities in science, policy and industry. The GROW partnership will connect and scale to globally dispersed communities linked through digital and social platforms, and a wide range of additional citizen associations and NGOs in sustainable agriculture, gardening, food democracy and land management.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE

Address

Nethergate
Dd1 4hn Dundee

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 725 519,22

Participants (19)

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INTERNATIONALES INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE SYSTEMANALYSE

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 269 000

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS FAO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 126 687,50

MET OFFICE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 68 637,63

HYDROLOGIC RESEARCH BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 289 362,50

STARLAB BARCELONA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 129 238,38

FUTURE EVERYTHING CIC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 497 791,88

RESEAU EUROPEEN POUR DES INITIATIVES COMMUNAUTAIRES SUR LES CHANGEMENTS CLIMATIQUES ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DURABLE

Belgium

SUSTAINABLE IRELAND CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY LTD

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 395 648,05

CULTUREPOLIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 249 945

PARROT SA

France

THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 244 127,50

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 210 750

THINGFUL LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 129 714,54

INSTITUT D'ARQUITECTURA AVANCADA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 34 702,50

STORYTHINGS LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 41 912,50

MISKOLCI EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 109 593,75

THE FOREST TRUST LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 32 625

PERMACULTURE ASSOCIATION (BRITAIN)LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 506 663,69

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 35 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 690199

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2016

  • End date

    31 October 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.5.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 379 290,58

  • EU contribution

    € 5 096 919,64

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE

United Kingdom