The European Fund for Regional Development (EFRO) and the North-Holland province have awarded full funding to the Green Innovation Cluster (GIC) initiative of Greenport Aalsmeer and the University of Amsterdam. The project aims to fortify the economic strength of the agricultural industry in the Amsterdam metropolitan area in a sustainable manner through the collaboration of public and private sector.
The GIC consists of a framework of twelve valorisation projects in which public and private parties work together to stimulate innovation in the green sector. The emphasis of the projects is on floriculture and crop culture. The entire initiative has a budget of €4.4 million, €1.4 of which will be financed through the Operational Programme Opportunities for West II (EFRO), €750,000 through co-financing by the North-Holland province, and a substantial contribution will come from the participating businesses.
Seven of the projects are carried out in collaboration with UvA scientists from several research institutes: the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS), the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) and the Van ‘t Hoff Instituut for Molecular Science (HIMS).
The other five projects are carried out by Wageningen UR, InHolland, TNO and participating companies. In addition to the innovation projects, there is a ‘Living Lab’ for Green Innovation (GRILL), where students work on project assignments from businesses. Every participating business is asked to bring in at least one GRILL project each year. This invitation extends to any other company that has an interesting question for applied research.