ICAERUS project funding opportunity in the field of drones for Farming, Forestry and Rural Challenges

Published on: 17/11/2023

The ICAERUS project launched the first round of PUSH Open Calls for farming, forestry and rural challenges on October 17, 2023.
Application period: October 17, 2023- January 16, 2024

Who can apply ?

ICAERUS is looking for agri-food producers, environmental monitoring entities and rural communities who are either SMEs or rural community/cooperative with a valid VAT or relevant registry number within eligible Horizon Europe countries. This include: Member States of the European Union, their outermost regions, and Overseas Countries and Territories linked to an EU Member as well as nationals of Horizon Europe associated countries. The complete eligibility criteria is provided in the Applicant’s guide found below.

How much budget is granted?

1st PULL Open Call budget: 300,000 €
Funding for each third party: up to 50,000 €
Duration of each sub project: 12 months

The ICAERUS project launched the first round of PUSH Open Calls for farming, forestry and rural challenges on October 17, 2023. 

ICAERUS aims to showcase and support the effective, efficient and safe deployment of drones, as well as identify the risks and added value associated with their risk. The 1st PULL Open Call for farming, forestry and rural challenges will award 6 successful third-parties with up to 50,000 € to implement projects aiming to utilise drones and the services built around them for individual commercial needs and/or community-related issues.

The following types of applications/solutions (but not limited to) are expected to be funded: 

  • Applying innovative solutions that leverage drone technology to address specific challenges faced by farmers, foresters, and rural communities.
  • Sustainable agriculture, such as using drones to support regenerative farming methods, reduce the use of pesticides and fertilisers, and improve soil health.
  • Logistics and supply chain management, such as for transporting goods and deliveries to remote areas, managing inventory and distribution, and monitoring supply chain operations using drones.


  • Infrastructure monitoring and maintenance, such as using drones to inspect and maintain roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure in rural areas.
  • Energy management, such as using drones to monitor and optimise renewable energy systems such as wind turbines and solar panels (agrivoltaics).
  • Water management, such as the use of drones to monitor and manage water resources, including dams, reservoirs and irrigation systems.
  • Public safety, such as the use of drones for crime prevention and law enforcement, disaster relief and response, and emergency medical services. 

More information here

Apply here