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EU research policy on sustainable food systems, funding, collaboration and jobs, publications news and events

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.

Regional Innovation Valleys for Bioeconomy and Food Systems

In July 2022, the European Commission published the Communication “New European Innovation Agenda” (NEIA). The document presented five important flagships. Under Flagship 3 NEIA introduced the initiative of Regional Innovation Valleys (RIVs).

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Policy focus

Funding opportunities

Calls for proposal on bioeconomy-related themes in Horizon Europe and information on the work programme.

Loans for projects in agriculture, forest-based, blue economy, waste management. Loansguaranteed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments for high-risk investment in food production and processing

Loans and guarantees to innovative businesses for research and innovation activities

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

Latest news, interviews and features about thought-provoking science and innovative research projects funded by the EU.

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.

Success stories

People love tomatoes so much that they are now the most important vegetable crop worldwide. But as world temperatures rise, the risk of losing this vital source of food has become very real.

Project locations
France, Argentina, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom

A better understanding of microbial communities could bring profound benefits to the agri-food sector. The EU-funded MASTER project has developed a wide range of microbiome products, foods, services and processes.

Project locations
Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom

Collaboration and jobs

International cooperation in bioeconomy research and innovation helps tackle global challenges

Initiative offering a shared strategic research and innovation framework for working towards sustainable bioeconomies in Central and Eastern European countries

Scientific publications, tools and databases

Platform supporting policy making by bringing together knowledge on the bioeconomy from a wide range of scientific disciplines and sources

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

Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions - all data free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes

Access to all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE

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Factsheet11 October 2023
Regional Innovation Valleys for Bioeconomy and Food Systems


Regional Innovation Valleys for Bioeconomy and Food Systems are a thematic use case in support of the “New European Innovation Agenda” (NEIA) and its flagship initiative, “Regional Innovation Valleys” (RIVs). Regional Innovation Valleys aim to harness the potential of deep-tech innovation across...