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Open calls

Open innovation is a paradigm that assumes that organisations can, and should, use external as well as internal ideas and actions to reach markets, when innovating.  In brief, "open innovation" refers to a distributed innovation process in which actors from different organisations participate in the innovation process.

As a result, the joint work of the participating organisations is more open compared to the "armoured" approach of traditional closed innovation processes. The open innovation model is a more dynamic, less linear, approach, allowing the contributing parties to focus on, and make use of, their best competences and to create an effective innovation ecosystem.

INCREDIBLE facilitates open innovation by:

  • establishing and operating iNets for NWFPs, bringing together relevant actors with complementary knowledge, expertise and experiences in order to create innovation ecosystems for NWFPs;
  • Identifying challenges and innovation needs within each iNet, and exploring ways to address them, building on the competences and contributions of all actors within the iNet ecosystem.
  • Setting up a series of Open Innovation Challenges, engaging the broader research community with a particular focus on students, for social, technological and silvicultural innovations.



The INCREDIBLE project aims to show how Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFP) can play an important role in supporting sustainable forest management and rural development, by creating networks to share and exchange knowledge and expertise. ‘Innovation Networks of Cork, Resins and Edibles in the Mediterranean basin’ (INCREDIBLE) promotes cross-sectoral collaboration and innovation to highlight the value and potential of NWFPs in the region.


Innovation Networks of Cork, Resins and Edibles in the Mediterranean basin’ (INCREDIBLE) project receives funding from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme under grant agreement Nº 774632


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