10 In 2015 Schleswig Holstein was the first region in Europe to implement the European Commission s new funding measure European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability EIP AGRI A year earlier the official innovation support service for EIP projects was set up in Schleswig Holstein The EIP Agrar Innovation Office has its seat in the Schleswig Holstein Chamber of Agriculture The main task of the office is the active support of project participants in all phases of project development and implementation The Innovation Office also sees itself as a network manager and organises the transfer of knowledge It links project partners with each other and makes connections with EIP project groups outside the region and with partners from other EU member states The work of the EIP Agrar Innovation Office begins even before an application is submitted It advises individuals and groups during the brainstorming phase it identifies potential partners and arranges contacts turning a group of farmers agricultural consultants and scientists into a project group the so called Operational Group OG Experience shows that the right combination of partners is an essential criterion for project success A group that consists of diverse and committed members is likely to be creative adaptable and able to solve problems more quickly Overall almost 240 farmers are involved in 30 first and second call EIP projects in Schleswig Holstein Agricultural consultants are also involved in all projects in Schleswig Holstein they play a central role as they are close to the farmers and enjoy their trust Scientific institutions mostly regional institutions of higher education and universities also collaborate in all the EIP projects It has been shown to be good practice to have a coordination centre as the point of contact for all issues that arise before during and at the end of the projects it helps to overcome obstacles to keep groups together and to disseminate the project results The coordination centre represents Schleswig Holstein in the Europe wide EIP network The establishment of the Innovation Office was a deciding factor in the rapid start and the success of EIP in Schleswig Holstein Carola Ketelhodt Head of EIP Agrar Innovation Office Schleswig Holstein EI P AG R I Se rv ic e THE CENTRAL SERVICE OFFICE PROVIDES SUPPORT FROM THE START Point of contact for all issues

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