NEX-LABS
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NEXUS-DRIVEN OPEN LABS FOR COMPETITIVE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

About the project

NEX-LABS targeted territories, characterized by water scarcity and both an irregular rainfall and population distribution, reflect agriculture as largest user of water (70-90%) while future global warming projections (≈2ºC) are expected to cause a decrease in summer precipitation (-10/-30%), threatening water availability (-2/-15%) and agricultural productivity (-12/-40%). The latent conflict between energy efficiency (≈60%) and water production is also increasing energy footprint/m3 of water used to produce food. The predicted shortfalls in Water/Energy/Food (WEF) require a NEXUS approach, which means an integrated management and governance of these natural resources. In this context, the NEX-LABS project aims to support the implementation of clean technologies for sustainable and resilient growth of agri-food sector production based on a more efficient use of energy (renewable/solar solutions) and water (wastewater treatment, water harvesting or reuse solutions) in Mediterranean Partner Countries region thanks to the contribution of ICT such as blockchain technology, Internet or the Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning and Big Data.

Key information

NEX-LABS
NEXUS-DRIVEN OPEN LABS FOR COMPETITIVE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
A.2 Support to education, research, technological development and innovation
A.2.1 Technological transfer and commercialisation of research results
Spain, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Italy, Egypt, Cyprus

Financial data

3.4 million
Total budget
3.1 million
EU contribution
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10%
Project co-financing

Highlights

Project in numbers

11
Partners
7
Countries
22
Technical outputs

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Objective

To contribute to the creation of a sustainable and resilient agro-food sector based on NEXUS driven Open Living Labs (NDOLL) approach, thus strengthening technology transfer, cooperation between industry-academia, increasing commercialization opportunities and innovation-driven growth

What will be improved?

SMEs are the backbone of the economy in Mediterranean countries, employing the majority of workforce. However, they are losing competitiveness, leading to a predominance of survivalist companies. NEX-LABS intends to change this trend and generate a mid-term impact through NDOLL approach to test, recommend and implement those integrated NEXUS technologies in the agri-food sector, complemented by products, services and programmes to boost linked businesses. Besides, the project will enhance a job bank repository oriented to younger audiences in Mediterranean Partner Countries to match offer and demand of employment related to the NEXUS technologies.
 

Who will benefit?

  • 21 public institutions such as ministries and national agencies 
  • 35 research centers or universities 
  • 60 SMEs
  • 35 entities of the entrepreneurship ecosystem such as companies/ technology transfer organizations/technological parks/venture capital/business angels
  • 35 entities collaborating to the public debate such as communication multipliers/think tanks, civil society organizations

Expected achievements

  • 2 NEXUS-Driven Open Living Labs established
  • 4 business ideas benefiting from acceleration grants
  • 16 testing and 42 acceleration vouchers allocated
  • A summer school celebrated with the participation of 50 entrepreneurs
  •  6 spin-offs established with 6 co-patents registered
  • A job bank launched
  • 8 joint research contracts signed
     

Contribution to policy-making

Beyond MPC national or regional Water/Energy/Food (WEF) policy development programs, NEX-LABS contributes to the regional policy development of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development 2016-2025 and to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda through innovative integrated WEF + ICT technologies to face United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 2, 6 and 7 thanks to NDOLLs approach. 

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