Projects on Food Systems


In this section, several examples of successful past and ongoing projects on Food Systems can be found. All these projects include in their consortium at least one FOODforce member.

Name: SWEET (H2020)

Start: July 2005

Lead partner: University of Liverpool

Other partnersPartners -

Total budget: 8 million €


Results: The 5 year multidisciplinary project engages stakeholders from across the food chain — consumers, patients, health professionals, scientists, policy makers, and regulators — to address the role of sweeteners in weight control, and potentially move viable products to market. Stakeholders, including consumers, patients, health professionals, scientists, policy makers, and regulators will engage in the project. 



Name: IKnowFood (GCRF)

Start: 2018

Lead partnerUniversity of York

Other partnersUniversity of Leeds, University of Liverpool, University of Manchester, Stakeholder Advisory Board

Total budget: 3 million €


Results: To deepen understanding of the stresses and risks facing the UK food system in order to improve its resilience’. The aim is to take an interdisciplinary approach to create positive social and environmental change within the UK Food System.



Name: Capitalising on COVID-19 as a Trigger for Positive Change in Food Waste Behaviour (ESRC)

Start: November 2020

Lead partner: University of Leeds

Other partners: WRAP, Zero Waste Scotland

Total budget£328.000


Results: The outcomes of the project will have a positive economic impact on UK consumers’ cost savings in relation to their food shopping, as well as an environmental impact on the amount of resources and inputs required, and greenhouse gas emissions generated, by not producing food that becomes waste.


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Name: PRO4Bake: Optimization of bakery processes by a computational tool together with consumer feedback to minimize ecological footprint and food waste (EIT Food)

Start: January 2020

Lead partnerUniversity of Hohenheim

Other partners: Industry (2): Siemens, Campden BRI, Research (5): Aarhus University,  University Lund, CISC (IATA), Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research PAS

Total budget: 2 million €


Results: This project aims to optimize processes in the baking industry with computer models to minimize food waste, energy consumption and CO2 emission. Experts in bakery technology, computer technology and food production will develop a tool by assessing consumer needs and analyzing production data to improve the competitiveness of modern and traditional European bakeries in the digital age.


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Name: Polyphenols from raspberries and their metabolites as factors regulating mechanisms of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (National Science Centre)

Start: 2018

Lead partnerInstitute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research PAS

Total budget: 0.4 million €


Results: The projects aim to investigate the effect of a diet enriched with polyphenolic preparation from raspberry and its dietary combination with functional fibre on microbiota activity in the gastrointestinal tract and systemic parameters involved in the regulation of metabolic liver-related disorders.


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Name: WELCOME 2: Welcoming ERA Chair to Centre of excellence in nutrigenomics for optimising health and well-being in the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research, Polish Academy of Sciences (EU - H2020 - WIDESPREAD/ERA Chairs)

Start: 2020

Lead partnerInstitute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research PAS

Total budget: 2.5 million €


Results: The WELCOME2 project will upgrade the Institute's research potential and ensure its full participation in the European Research Area (ERA). Through the project, a researcher with high leadership skills (ERA Chair holder) and research group will be permanently employed at IARFR PAS to lead interdisciplinary research that will lay the groundwork for a Centre of Excellence in Nutrigenomics dedicated to optimising health and well-being.


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Name: CIRCLES - Controlling mIcRobiomes CircuLations for bEtter food Systems (H2020)

Start: October 2018


Other partners: more information here

Total budget: 11 million €


Results: CIRCLES aims to discover and translate innovative microbiomes-tailored circular actions into concrete applications that will ultimately enhance EU food system performances and their overall sustainability.



Name: FOODLAND - FOOD and Local, Agricultural, and Nutritional Diversity (H2020)

Start: September 2020


Other partners: more information here

Total budget: 7 million €


Results: The EU-funded FOODLAND project will adopt interdisciplinary research methods to enhance the diversity of food production and consumption in six African countries. The project will create a network of 14 local Food Hubs - paired with 14 separate cities - to mobilise relevant actors in urban and peri-urban communities and serve as injection points for introducing innovations. By bridging food production with consumption, the project will reinforce the productivity and resilience of food supply chains and create new market opportunities at both the local and global scales. 


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Name: FoodE - Food Systems in European Cities (H2020)

Start: February 2020


Other partners: more information here

Total budget: 7 million €


Results: The EU-funded FoodE project aims to accelerate the growth of CRFS by bringing together local initiatives across Europe and co-developing and disseminating new tools to promote and bolster citizen-driven food systems. The project will encourage local communities to work in line with the EU sustainable development goals. It will define the operational methodology for the assessment of CRFS and promote cooperation between European CRFS.


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Name: SMARTCHAIN - Towards innovation-driven smart solutions in short food supply chains  (H2020)

Start: September 2018

Lead partner: University of Hohenheim

Other partners:43 partners including Wageningen University & Research, University of Bologna, FoodDrinkEurope & COPA-COGECA. More information here

Total budget: 6 million €


Results: SMARTCHAIN will stimulate demand-driven innovation in short food supply chains to improve competitiveness and foster rural development using multi-actor approach. The project is using an interactive innovation model where all actors involved in the project are working together to make best use of scientific and practical knowledge for the co-creation and diffusion of novel solutions ready to solve practical problems.





Name: CO-FRESH: CO-creating sustainable and competitive FRuits and vEgetableS’ value cHains in Europe   (H2020)

Start: October 2020

Lead partner: Centro Nacional de Tecnología y Seguridad Alimentaria (CNTA)

Other partners: More information here

Total budget: 7.5 million €


Results: SMARTCHAIN will stimulate demand-driven innovation in short food supply chains to improve competitiveness and foster rural development using multi-actor approach. The project is using an interactive innovation model where all actors involved in the project are working together to make best use of scientific and practical knowledge for the co-creation and diffusion of novel solutions ready to solve practical problems.





Name: VistaMilk (National project)

Start: 2018

Lead partnerTeagasc

Other partners: 40 industry partners (SMEs to MNCs) & 6 academic partners

Total budget: 40 million €


Results: To positively impact the environment, animal well-being and the health of consumers. To lead the Agri-Food technology sector through innovation and enhanced sustainability across the dairy supply chain. Internationally, the advances developed in the centre will apply to dairy systems in many countries and will be a catalyst for global growth in the Agri-Tech sector. This will be achieved by greatly improving the soil to gut supply chain connectivity, thereby improving resource efficiency, better meeting consumers’ expectations and improving profitability and resilience.



Name: Meat Technology Ireland (National project)

Start: 2016

Lead partnerTeagasc

Other partners: 9 industry partners, 4 academic partners & 1 private organisation

Total budget: 8.1 million €


Results: Meat Technology Ireland is an industry-led initiative that will build a strategic research and innovation base in beef and sheepmeat processing in Ireland. The Centre will be a ‘one-stop shop’ for meat processing research and technology, serving as a hub to co-ordinate all beef and sheepmeat processing research needs.



Name: MASTER - Microbiome Applications for Sustainable food systems through novel TEchnologies and Research  (H2020)

Start: 2019

Lead partnerTeagasc

Other partners: 13 industry partners, 12 academic partners & 4 additional partners

Total budget: 12.26 million €


Results: MASTER will take a global approach to the development of concrete microbiome products, foods/feeds, services or processes with high commercial potential, which will benefit society through improving the quantity, quality and safety of food, across multiple food chains, to include marine, plant, soil, rumen, meat, brewing, vegetable waste, and fermented foods.



Name: EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs (EIT Food)

Start: 2020

Lead partnerSlovak University of Agriculture in Nitra

Other partners: 1 industry partner (Maxim Pharm s.r.o., SME), 1 start-up partner (NU3Gen s.r.o) & involvement of elderly consumers (20 citizens)

Total budget: 20.000 €


Results: Consumer Engagement Labs focused on pre-competitive co-creation sessions carried out by a relatively coherent group of consumers (senior consumers) in a joint physical place and limited in time, focused on the development of new product concepts. Scientists, companies and senior consumers worked together to propose new food products, which subsequently are introduced to the market by the local companies. 





Name: EIT Food Hub

Start: 2019

Lead partnerSlovak University of Agriculture in Nitra

Other partners: food industry (SMEs, non-SMEs), start-up companies & citizens

Total budget: 76.400 €


Results: The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is an independent EU body based in Budapest, part of H2020. SUA in Nitra in cooperation with FBFS became the only EIT Food Hub in Slovakia, belonging to the collocation center in Warsaw, Poland, which disseminates EIT Food information at the national level, with the aim of introducing new creative approaches in food, developing key issues and define new intentions and practical examples of food safety, food design, production and consumption, health and risk factors of the food chain. Main mission of the project is to build an inclusive and innovative community where the consumer is actively involved. 


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Name: Application of molecular- biological methods of authenticity and traceability for the safety and dual quality of food (National project)

Start: 2018

Lead partnerSlovak University of Agriculture in Nitra

Other partners: 3 industry partners (SMEs, non-SMEs): Berto sk, s.r.o.; Ryba Žilina spol. s r.o. & Agrotrade Group spol. s.r.o.

Total budget: 249.851 €


Results: The project deals with the issue of safety and dual quality of selected foods of animal origin. The project will propose the most suitable genetic markers for monitoring the authentication and traceability of selected types of food. The basis will be the identification of markers to determine the species identity in the raw state and after various stages of heat treatment. The parameters for determining the dual quality of food based on genetic markers will be optimized.



Name: MicrobiomeSupport: Towards coordinated microbiome R&I activities in the food system to support (EU and) international bioeconomy goals (H2020)

Start: 2018

Lead partner: Austrian Institute of Technology (Coord.) & INRAE (Deputy Coord.)

Other partners: 26 academic and non-academic partners. In addition, there are several advisory boards.

Total budget: 3.6 million €



- Globally mapping of the microbiome research landscape

- Comparative assessment of existing funding tools for transnational & multidisciplinary collaboration & networking

- Identification and transnational consensus on R&I priorities and linking with regulatory framework

- Development of microbiome biobanks infrastructures and culture collections





Name: FAIRCHAIN: Innovative technological, organisational and social solutions for FAIRer dairy and fruit and vegetable value CHAINs (H2020)

Start: 2020

Lead partnerINRAE 

Other partners: 19 partners from 8 countries, among them 10 companies (8 SMEs) and 5 Research organisations. More information here 

Total budget: 8 million €



- delivery of food in a fair and sustainable way.

-  organisational and social innovations

- regulatory and policy adaptations

- emergence of intermediate food value chains offering opportunities to local suppliers and ensuring an equitable distribution of costs and benefits





Name: Dijon Food lab 2030 (National project)

Start: 2020

Lead partnerINRAE 

Other partners: 40 partners including 3 municipalities and local goverments, 15 industrial partners & 6 academic partners.

Total budget: 46 million €


Results: Better food and population health, secure farmers, improve nutritional and environmental quality of local farming productions, preserve environment and biodiversity, easy access to local products using innovative applications, increase local product consumption. It will ultimately serve to give guidelines for the creation of a sustainable food system plan and public policies for the city of Dijon and its surrounding region.





Name: FoodSafety4EU (H2020)

Start: January 2021

Lead partnerConsiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)

Other partners: 22 partners: 13 Research organizations, 4 public bodies, 1 SME & 4 other type of organizations. More information here

Total budget: 3 million €


Results: FoodSafety4EU is a project focused to design, develop and release a multi-stakeholder platform for the future European Food Safety System (FSS), by structuring a participatory process, which sustains a responsive and adaptive community of FSS actors. The platform will enable the FSS actors to access efficiently resources and data, synchronize food safety research strategies, share and exchange scientific knowledge and contributions for the future EU FSS. 





Name: PROVIDE - Protein and biomolecules for nutritional security and biodiversity of bakery products in a circular food system (ERANET SUSFOOD)

Start: November 2020

Lead partner: Technical University of Munich (TUM)

Other partners: 6 partners: 5 Research organizations & 1 association. More information here

Total budget: 0.88 million €


Results: The project addresses the concept of circular economy with reference to the potential in valorising by-products of food processing, reincluding

them in the food production system and transforming them into high added value, food grade and fully functional ingredients. It focuses on developing a set of interventions along the food chain aimed to improve the production, sustainability and quality of bakery products.





Name: EXPERTAL - Capitalizing on the expertise in agri-food research by transferring knowledge to the private environment in order to obtain safe and nutritionally optimized food products (National project; Competitiveness Operational Programme 2014-2020/Partnerships for Knowledge Transfer))

Start: September 2016

Lead partnerInstitutul Național de Cercetare-Dezvoltare pentru Bioresurse Alimentare - IBA București

Other partners: 18 food industry national partners. 

Total budget: 2.83 million €


Results: The main objective of the project is to capitalize  the research expertise of IBA Bucharest in the field of food quality - sensory, hygienic, technological, nutritional and ethical - by transferring knowledge to the private economic environment in order to obtain safe and nutritionally optimized food products.





Name: CROPDIVA - Climate Resilient Orphan croPs for increased DIVersity in Agriculture (H2020)

Start: September 2021


Other partners: 8 industry partners, 7 academic partners, 1 farmers’ organization, 5 breeding organisation, 1 spin-off company & 1 innovation support centre for agricultural and rural development. 

Total budget: 6 million €


Results:The aim of CROPDIVA is to reinforce agrobiodiversity on different levels and along distinct geographic and socio-economic areas. The activities of CROPDIVA are clustered around five connected research work packages and three pillars, each with a set of specific objectives: i) promotion of six key underutilised arable crops: oats, hull-less barley, triticale, buckwheat, faba bean and lupin; ii) creation of value chains for selected underutilised crops ; and iii) study of the socio-economic impact of project results.  


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Name: FNS Cloud - Food Nutrition Security Cloud (H2020)

Start: 2019

Lead partnerRTDS GroupQuadram Institute Bioscience (QIB)  

Other partners: 35 partners (academic, research, industry & SME.). More information here 

Total budget: 10.9 million €


ResultsFNS-Cloud will overcome fragmentation problems by integrating existing FNS data, which is essential for highend, pan-European FNS research, addressing FNS, diet, health, and consumer behaviours as well as on sustainable agriculture and the bio-economy. 





Name: PERSFO - PERsonalised and connected FOod service providers (EIT Food)

Start: January 2020

Lead partnerQuadram Institute Bioscience (QIB)  

Other partners: Six beneficiaries from two countries (BE, UK)

Total budget: 1.45 million €


Results: A stakeholders’ insight study will be undertaken to better understand behaviours around healthy eating in the workplace and an intervention study will test whether the PERSFO app can help users adhere to healthier choices. Different behavioural changing approaches will be deployed (e.g. nudging, manipulating choices, group motivation, visualisation and gamification techniques) to study their efficacy in delivering recommendations and steering food choices sustainably.





Name: ScanOats (National project)

Start: 2018

Lead partner: Lund University

Other partners: 3 large Swedish industries & 5 academic partners

Total budget: 7.5 million €


Results: ScanOat is to take a world-leading role in the development of unique oat based applications and products. It links advanced basic research and industrial applications. This dual approach will benefit Swedish agriculture, industry and society in terms of new knowledge, new products, improved health, a more sustainable environment, increased exports and new jobs.





Name: FODIAC Food for Diabetes and Cognition (H2020)

Start: 2018

Lead partnerInternational Ibedrian Nanotechnology Laboratory

Other partners: 8 industry partners & 7  academic partners. More information here

Total budget: 0.5 million €


Results: FODIAC develops an integrative dietary solution to tackle type 2 diabetes and mitigate the cognitive dysfunction among the elderly population by developing a functional food. FODIAC further promotes international cooperation among all stakeholders along the Food Value Chain.





Name: COMFOCUS Communities on Food Consumer Science (H2020)

Start: March 2021

Lead partnerWageningen Universty & Research (WUR)

Other partners: 14 partners including DIL, University of Bologna, Nofima, Aarhus, University Surrey & Institut Joseph strafan. 

Total budget: 5 million €


Results: COMFOCUS achieves this through a coordinated set of activities on networking, joint research and transnational and virtual access to key research infrastructures. Promotion of transnational and virtual access and dissemination of COMFOCUS outcomes and innovations for maximum impact will be supported by a Stakeholder Forum from relevant bodies such as consumer organizations, food industry, retail, NGOs, and policy makers at national and EU levels.  


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Name: Personalized Nutrition and Health (National project funded by Topsector AgriFood)

Start: March 2016

Lead partnerWageningen Universty & Research (WUR)

Other partners: mway, Bayer CropScience veget. Seeds, Bayer – Nunhems Netherlands, Campbell’s Soup, Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek, DSM, FrieslandCampina, I3B ICT for Brain Body & Behaviour, Jumbo, Kostelyck, NIPED, NPN, Nutricia/Danone, Pfizer consumer health, Philips, PS In Food Service, Questionmark, Royal Ahold, TNO & VitalinQ. 

Total budget: public: 8.68 million €; private: 10.38 €


Results: The project provides affordable and non-invasive methods to measure individual eating behavior and individual health.  An inventory has been made of all available tools and methods. A consumer survey has taken place and the first pilot studies have been designed.


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Name: SUSINCHAIN - SUStainable INsect CHAIN (H2020)

Start: October 2019

Lead partnerWageningen Universty & Research (WUR)

Other partners: 34 partners including Copenhagen Univesity, DIL, Catholic Unversity Porto, ETH Zurich, INRAE and 17 companies.

Total budget: 8.7 million €


Results: The EU-funded SUSINCHAIN project aims to increase the economic viability of the insect market by overcoming existing obstacles to scaling up the insect value chain in the EU. It will test and validate recently emerged technologies and processes aiming at a sustainable EU insect industry producing safe insect products or products from insect-fed animals which are appreciated by consumers.


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