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Food & Healthy Diet

Fodd & healthy diets
Consumers need to have access to safe, healthy, high quality and affordable food. The challenge is how to ensure that these basic human needs are met for optimal health and well-being, while protecting the environment and ensuring that the European food and drink industry is able to develop its full growth potential, provide new jobs, and remain competitive in the global market place.

Food and healthy diet research aims to generate new knowledge and innovation through activities that will address the following issues:

Promoting informed consumer choices

Research focuses on the preferences, attitudes, needs, behaviour, lifestyle and education of consumers.
The activities aim at investigating diet related diseases (obesity, anorexia) and promoting sustainable eating choices through social innovation, innovative models and methodologies. Moreover, the activities aim at enhancing communication between consumers, the food industry and the research community so that gaps in transfer of knowledge can be filled and the concerns of citizens addressed by new and innovative means.

Delivering strategic solutions for healthy and safe foods and diets for all

Research on healthy foods and diets focuses on the nutritional needs and the impact of food on physiological functions and physical and mental performance. The activities aim at studying the links between diet, ageing, chronic disease and disorders and dietary patterns and aim to identify dietary solutions and innovations leading to improvements in health and well-being. Research on safe foods and diets focuses on chemical and biological hazards throughout the total food, feed and drinking water supply chains with regard to risk and exposure assessment, monitoring, control and tracing. Moreover, to meet international challenges in trade, the activities also focus on the development of improved food safety standards.

Creating opportunities for a sustainable and competitive agri-food industry, through innovation in food processing

Research includes all stages: food design, packaging, process design and control, waste reduction and by-product valorisation. It addresses critical issues such as affordable and high quality foods, traceability, logistics and services, socio-economic factors, and the limitation of negative impacts on the environment and climate change. In particular, it addresses sustainability concerns linked to social, environmental, and economic change.

This approach will contribute to achieving healthy diets, food safety and security for all Europeans and ultimately aim to help eradicate hunger in the world.

Search for funding opportunities related to food and diet in the Participant Portal.



26/11/2015 - 01:00
Brussels, Charlemagne building,

The European Commission is organising an information session in Brussels for Grant Coordinators, so they can learn legal aspects, business processes and IT tools used to prepare amendments and reports with particular attention to the financial aspects and eligibility of costs. Read more


20/06/2014 - 12:13

In 30 years’ time, there will be 150 million older people living in the EU. Where will you live? What kind of shape will you be in? Will you still be healthy and independent? Society is ageing. But making sure our golden years are happier and healthier is not just down to the individual, it’s also down to the whole society, public and private sectors together. Improving the quality of life of older people is a priority for the European Commission. Read more

27/05/2014 - 17:51

This short video animation will guide you through the first steps you will need to take to apply to Horizon 2020. Read more

27/05/2014 - 17:32

Find out more about Horizon 2020 in this three minute animation clip which will give you a general overview of the programme specifics. Read more


27/10/2015 - 17:10

Registration is now open for the Infoday on Societal Challenge 2 calls 2016, which will take place on 25/11/2015 in Brussels. Registration will close on 13 November, or earlier if the event gets fully booked. Read more

14/10/2015 - 11:59

The European Commission will invest almost €16 billion in research and innovation in the next two years under Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding scheme, following a new work programme for 2016-17 adopted on 13 October. The work programme is now available on the participant portal. Read more

25/09/2015 - 13:58

On 25 September, the Commission launched an online survey to gather opinions from stakeholders on the impact of the simplification measures introduced in Horizon 2020, and to ask for new ideas on future simplification. Read more

Project stories

23/10/2015 - 15:49

A comprehensive study of farming practices is underway as part of an EU-funded project to help tackle the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in humans. Read more

14/10/2015 - 15:02

If we ever want to put down roots beyond our home planet, we will need a way to grow food out there. Pre-packaged meals will only get us so far. The EDEN ISS project has set out on a four-year mission dedicated to plant cultivation on the International Space Station. Its work could help to remove one of the barriers standing between us and thriving colonies on Mars. Read more

14/10/2015 - 02:00

An EU-funded project has developed innovative technologies and techniques for recycling water, nutrients and by-products along the food supply chain – from horticulture to processing and on to shop shelves. These advances add up to big savings for producers and manufacturers, increase competitiveness, and benefit the environment. Read more


25/09/2015 - 17:40

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s biggest ever programme for research and innovation, and it has got off to an excellent start. This brochure presents information on the first 100 calls for proposals that closed by 1 December 2014. Read more

24/09/2015 - 20:03

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever. Almost €80 billion of funding is available over seven years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private and national public investment that this money will attract. This publication presents the full set of Key Performance and Cross-Cutting Issues Indicators for Horizon 2020, including those for the European Institute of Technology and EURATOM. Read more

01/04/2015 - 13:30

For three decades, the EU Framework Programmes have been funding breakthroughs across Europe. RTD’s Horizon Magazine looks at the people and events that have helped shape European research policy, taking you behind the scenes during the pivotal moments from the last 30 years of research funding. These articles have been brought together into a special Horizon supplement to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Framework Programmes. Read more

Press Release

13/10/2015 - 18:51

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation said: "Research and innovation are the engines of Europe's progress and vital to addressing today's new pressing challenges like immigration, climate change, clean energy and healthy societies. Over the next two years, €16 billion from Horizon 2020 will support Europe's top scientific efforts, making the difference to citizens' lives." Read more

05/02/2015 - 16:40

With the support of the European Research Council (ERC) "Proof of Concept" grants, 59 researchers in Europe will now get the chance to turn their inventions into viable products. Read more