EIT Food

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Food accelerates innovation to build a future-fit food system that produces healthy and sustainable food for all.

Call: EIT Food open call 2023

Subsidy: Up to €400,000 for 2022; Up to a maximum €1.400.000 during 2022-2024

Deadline: 13 April 2023 (expired)

Total Budget: Not provided

Project duration: All proposed activities, regardless of activity duration, must launch at least one innovative solution by 31 December 2023, including revenue generated of at least € 10,000. Activities ending in 2024 must launch an additional marketed innovation by 31 December 2024.

Consortium: The EIT Food Call 2023 is open to all organisations eligible for Horizon Europe funding. It is not a prerequisite to be an EIT Food partner to submit a proposal. Organisations intending to participate in the call must be eligible for EU funding according to Horizon Europe rules. However, successful organisations will need to become an EIT Food partner before the projected activity start date. The consortium should be formed by minimum 3 organisations from at least 2 different eligible countries representing at least two sides of the knowledge triangle.

Funding rate: 60%, 85% for RIS countries. A Financial Return Mechanism is mandatory for each proposed activity, as part of the EIT Food Financial Sustainability Strategy. For example, if the total proposed Activity budget is €1M, of which 60% is reimbursed by EIT Food (or € 600,000), then the exploiting party or parties must propose a mechanism which provides a return of at least € 300,000 upon commercialisation, within an acceptable timeframe.

Scope: EIT Food is calling for consortia of organisations to submit proposals for collaborative activities which will bring innovative technology solutions to the market in the agrifood sector. The main challenges to be addressed are:

  1. Improvement in conditions for enhanced public trust in the food system
  2. Reduction in relative risk of obesity & Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) prevalence in target populations due to known dietary factors
  3. Improved environmental impact of agri-food systems
  4. Enabling transition to a circular & sustainable economy

Activities should start from TRL 7.

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EIT Food is part of Horizon Europe’s Innovative Europe pillar.

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