Sustainable food systems research and innovation
Business as usual is no longer an option in the way we produce, distribute and consume our food.
Population growth, urbanisation, migration, resource scarcity, climate change and environmental degradation are creating urgent and complex challenges.
Sustainable food systems are about making our food production system fairer, more sustainable and respectful to the environment and reconciling what we eat with the needs of the planet.
Research and innovation are key to making food systems more sustainable, resilient, inclusive and healthy. They are essential to reaching the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and to achieving the policy objectives of the Farm-to-Fork Strategy and the EU Green Deal.
Research and innovation accelerate the transformation of food systems, and contribute to the evidence-base for strengthening their governance.
They also help develop and test solutions, overcome barriers and uncover new market opportunities.
Calls for proposal on bioeconomy-related themes in Horizon Europe and information on the work programme.
Bioeconomy research related calls can be found in national rural development programmes, European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, Cohesion Fund for renewable energy projects, European Regional Development Fund for smart specialisation
Funding supporting the deployment of biobased solutions in carbon intensive sectors
The EU's funding instrument for the environment and climate action
Projects and results
The Commission's primary portal for results of EU-funded research projects in food-related areas.
Stories of particularly successful EU-funded food research projects
Thematic collections of innovative EU-funded research results in food innovation
Access to real-time programme data with the ability to filter by country, region, theme and more.
Platform where framework programme participants present their results for you to search, contact their owners, and form partnerships.
Collaboration and jobs
Find partners for open EU calls for proposal
International cooperation in bioeconomy research and innovation helps tackle global challenges
Partnerships with EU countries on food system related issues
Researcher jobs in related fields
Scientific publications, tools and databases
Report by the Group of Chief Scientific Advisers on how to achieve a sustainable food system
Platform supporting policy making by bringing together knowledge on the bioeconomy from a wide range of scientific disciplines and sources
Platform bringing together experts and knowledge to help to tackle the root causes of food insecurity around the world.
Scientific food systems related research publications by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC)
The Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) compiles databases and develops software and modelling tools. You can access bioeconomy, agricuture and food research related ones here
Online library of EU bioeconomy, agriculture and food research publications
Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions - all data free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes
The info-days will present the topics of the Horizon Europe Cluster 6 (Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment) work programme 2023 and will give the opportunity to prospective applicants to learn more about funding under the new programme.
A factsheet showcases research and innovation success stories in important areas on food security
Presenting the conclusions of a EC high-level expert group on more ambitious and interlinked science-policy interfaces for improved food systems governance
Results of a comparative study on private & public research and innovation investment levels in the EU