Agriculture and
Food Development Authority


Role in Project


Organization Type
Research and Technology Organisation

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Teagasc is the national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities in Ireland. Its mission is to support science-based innovation in the agri-food sector and the broader bio-economy that will underpin profitability, competitiveness and sustainability. This mandate gives Teagasc responsibility for meeting the knowledge and technology needs of the entire food chain and the authority to integrate research, advice and education services to deliver the innovation support necessary
to add value to Ireland’s agri-food sector. It conducts national research, knowledge dissemination and education in broad research programmes: Animal and Grassland Programme; Food Programme; Crops, Environment and Land Use Programme; and Rural Economy and Development Programme. Teagasc is an active participant in European research coordination and alignment. Teagasc is a member of the European Commission’s Standing Committee on Agriculture Research (SCAR) and the Governing Board of FACCE JPI and many ERA-NETs (e.g., ERA-Net SusAn, SusCrop, ICT-AGRI, ICT-AGRI II, Ruragri, c-IPM, ERA-NET+ on Climate
Smart Agriculture). Teagasc is also the Coordinator of the ERA-NET Cofund FACCE ERA-GAS; the MSCA Cofund ResearchLeaders 2025 and has extensive experience of coordinating FP7 and Horizon 2020 research projects, including GrassMargins (289461), AutograssMilk (314879), MushTV (286836), FAIRShare (818488) and MASTER (818368). Teagasc has also received significant national funding for large-scale multi-million euro projects including the VistaMilk Research Centre and Meat Technology Centre. Furthermore, as the state agency for agriculture, food and the rural economy, Teagasc has developed close alliances with research, advisory and training agencies throughout the world, including bilateral agreements with research organisations in Europe, North America and New Zealand.

The SoftGrip Project Team

Helen Grogan Teagasc


Helen Grogan
Mushroom Scientist - Principal Investigator

Donal Gernon Teagasc


Donal Gernon
Mushroom Advisor

Andrea Uccello Teagasc


Andrea Uccello

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Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA),
The BioRobotics Institute
V.Le R. Piaggio, 34
56025 Pontedera,



Project Management

Project Coordinator
Matteo Cianchetti
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA), The BioRobotics Institute

Project Manager
Martina Maselli
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA), The BioRobotics Institute

Dissemination & Exploitation Manager
Marianna Vari
Twi Ellas Astiki Mi Kerdoskopiki Etaireia

Project Info

Starting date: January 2021
Duration: 36 months
Funding: ~ 3 M€
Coordinator: Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA),
The BioRobotics Institute
Partners: 6 from 5 EU countries

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 101017054