Even though the existing research collaborations in the area of agro-food research have proven to be very successful and even though they represent the pre-condition for sustainable agriculture and related socio-economic transformation, it has become evident that even highest level R&D results could not be turned into commercial opportunities and innovations. CINEA is an EC-funded supporting action that aims to strengthen the overall competitiveness and sustainability of the EU-MED agro-food industry by reinforcing the cooperation with relevant Mediterranean Partner Countries on bridging the existing gap between research and innovation in the area of food and agriculture research. The project includes several activities (training, SWOT analysis, brokerage events etc.) targeted at
overcoming existing innovation barriers both inside the Mediterranean Partner Countries and with regard to collaboration with the EU, and
facilitating closer links between research and industry, thus enabling the exploitation of research results.
In order to make this change happen, CINEA brings together the leading scientific research institutions and carriers of innovation from the Mediterranean Partner region and Europe, as well as the relevant associations, promoters and representatives of industry and technology transfer.