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Call: Sustainable food security – resilient and resource-efficient value chains

Acronym H2020
Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme
"Horizon 2020"
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme with nearly 80 billion € of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). Apart from classic research projects, Horizon 2020 also funds innovation projects and pilot-projects in different fields.
The programme is divided into three different sections:
  1. Excellent Science
  2. Industrial Leadership
  3. Societal Challenges
Countries eligible for funding are: The EU-Member States, Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Moldova, Switzerland, Ukraine, Faroe Islands, Israel, Tunisia, Georgia, Armenia.
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Description of programme
"Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy"

Agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, together with the bio-based industries, are integral parts of the European economy and society. Relying on the use of limited natural resources, these sectors produce and process biological resources to satisfy the demand of consumers and a wide range of industries for food, feed, bio-energy and bio-based products. While they enhance Europe’s self-reliance and provide jobs and business opportunities essential for rural, coastal and marine areas, these sectors are also facing significant challenges which require solutions based on research and innovation. A transition is needed towards an optimal and renewable use of biological resources and towards sustainable primary production and processing systems. These systems will need to produce more food, fibre and other bio-based products with minimised inputs, environmental impact and greenhouse gas emissions, and with enhanced ecosystem services, zero waste and adequate societal value.

Sustainable food security – resilient and resource-efficient value chains
Description of call
"Sustainable food security – resilient and resource-efficient value chains"

The focus area ‘sustainable food security’ will put greater emphasis on the resilience of primary production, coping with resource depletion and climate change, and research and innovation along the food value chain than the previous work programme (2014–2015). From a demand-side perspective, it will also highlight sustainable and healthy consumption and lifestyles.

This focus area has four sub-areas:

  • More resilient and resource efficient value chains.
  • Environment-smart and climate-smart primary production
  • A competitive food industry
  • Healthy and safe foods and diets for all

and two areas focussing on international cooperation:

  • Support to the implementation of the EU-Africa Partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture
  • Implementation of EU-China FAB Flagship initiative

In total, all the sub-areas include 48 topics.

Wherever possible, proposers may seek synergies, including possibilities for funding, with relevant national/regional research and innovation programmes and/or cumulative funding with European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) in connection with research & innovation smart specialisation strategies (RIS3).

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Thematic Focus Biotechnology, Food & Healthy Diet, Fishery, Research, Industry, Innovation, Agriculture and Forestry, Rural Development, Sustainability, Environment & biodiversity, Natural ressources, Competitiveness
Funding area EU Member States
Candidate Countries
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland / Ísland
Norway / Norge
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Origin of Applicant EU Member States

Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia / поранешна југословенска Република Македонија
Iceland / Ísland
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
Norway / Norge
Serbia / Сpбија
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
Turkey / Türkiye
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Eligible applicants Education and Training Centres, Research Institution, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), NGO / NPO, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details

Depending on the activity under this call, the required number of partners is between one and three legal entities each of which is established in a different EU Member State or Horizon2020 associated country.

In the context of the EU-China Urbanisation Partnership, each project shall involve at least one city from Member States and/or Associated Countries and one Chinese city, where demonstration activities will be performed as defined in the topic text.

Due to the specific challenge of the topic under subcalls SFS-41-2016 and SFS-42-2016, in addition to the minimum number of participants set out in the General Annexes, proposals shall include at least five participants from Africa.

Due to the specific challenge of the topic Challenges for disease management: Perennial crops in the tropics and sub-tropics, in addition to the minimum number of participants set out in the General Annexes,proposals shall include at least two participants from third countries

Recurring Call No
Type of Funding Grant
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