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2019 - 2023 SHERPA: Sustainable Hub to Engage into Rural Policies with Actors

Project No.:

862448 — SHERPA — H2020-RUR-2018-2020/H2020-RUR-2019-1

Project title:

SHERPA: Sustainable Hub to Engage into Rural Policies with Actors


The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation - Horizon 2020


4 years
Start: October 2019, End: September 2023

Project leader:

Ecorys Brussels N.V., Belgie

Project partners:

Association Europeenne pour L'information sur le Developpement Local (Belgium), Centre International de Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Mediterraneennes (France), Agricultural University of Athens (Greece), Nordregio Švédsko, Stichting Wageningen Research (Netherlands), Universita di Pisa (Italy), Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain), The James Hutton Institute (United Kingdom), Johann Heinrich von Thuenen-Institut - Bundesforschungsinstitut fuer Laendliche Raeume, Wald und Fischerei (Germany), Institute for European Environmental Policy AISBL (Belgium), Univerza v Ljubljani (Slovenia), European Rural Development Network (Poland) - linked third parties: Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian Economics (Lithuania), Institute of Agricultural Economics – Romanian Academy (Romania), Research Institute of Agricultural Economics (Hungary), Institute of Agricultural Economics (Bulgaria), Institute of Agriculture Economics and Information (Czech Republic); Alma Mater Studiorum – Universita di Bologna (Italy), Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Consulai, Consultoria Agroindustrial Lda (Portugal), Association des Agences de la Democratie Locale (France)

Responsible person:

Ing. Marie Trantinová, Ph.D.
Other investigators:
Ing. Tomáš Hlavsa, Ph.D., Ing. Edita Turková, Mgr. Lucie Podzemná, Mgr. Ilona Svobodová, Ph.D., Bc. Jan Karas, Mgr. Renáta Veselská, Bc. Petr Chroust, Ing. Jiří Krist, Libor Čeněk


The overall objective of SHERPA is to gather relevant knowledge and opinions that contribute to the formulation of recommendations for future policies relevant to EU rural areas. It will use results of on-going and past research projects (from FP6, FP7, H2020 and other EU and national funding streams) to engage citizens, stakeholders, policy makers and scientists in the development of strategic thinking and practical recommendations for the formulation of modern rural policies. The project will: i) take stock of scientific evidence relevant to future rural policy and research activities; ii) use this evidence to engage citizens, researchers and policy makers at local and EU levels in debates about options for policy and priorities for research, iii) use the outcomes of engagement to formulate recommendations for rural policies relevant the period post-2020, and future agendas for research. SHERPA aims to develop a science-society-policy interface that will continue after the end of the project. It will use a suite of approaches to science-society-policy interactions in 40 Multi-Actor Platforms covering 20 EU countries and at EU level, and state-of-the art multimedia tools for two-way communication with citizens and policy audiences. SHERPA’s implementation approach will follow four guiding principles: flexible programming of activities to enable timely and responsive contributions to policy making, impartiality and transparency; recognition of the diversity of EU rural territories and multi-level interactions; and co-construction.

Main aims

SHERPA will contribute to policy development in three main areas:

  1. provision of inputs for the design of future research policies, with a focus on preparation of work programmes under Horizon Europe;
  2. support for implementation of policies relevant to rural areas in the programming period 2021-2027;
  3. support for setting the direction of rural policy in the next programming period (after 2027). 

eu_logoThis project has received funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 862448


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