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TOPIC : Support to the development and implementation of FOOD 2030 - a European research and innovation policy framework for food and nutrition security

Topic identifier: SFS-18-2017
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
Opening date:
04 October 2016
Deadline: 14 February 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
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  • 11 January 2017 16:27

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Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Food and Nutrition Security is a growing challenge characterized by urgency and complexity due to the compounded effects of population growth, urbanization, migration, resource scarcity and climate change affecting the food systems in Europe and beyond. Research and Innovation (R&I) is key to finding solutions to sustainably feeding the planet in a changing world.

FOOD 2030 is a new policy framework to better structure, connect and scale-up Research and Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security, in Europe, and with global outreach. It is based on a vision of resilient food systems providing sustainable, accessible, healthy food and diets for all. The initiative seeks to convene relevant European Commission services and Member States authorities[1] for R&I policy and programme alignment, leveraging of funds for structural improvements to European R&I systems underpinning food and nutrition security. FOOD 2030 provides a policy narrative advocating a "whole food chain" approach to R&I connecting land & sea, 'farm-to-fork-to-gut-and back', producer-to-consumer, engaging a wide diversity of actors. It aims to boost public and private investment in R&I and foster 'digital' and open innovation and open science, education, skills and capacities.

The overarching objective of FOOD 2030 is to underpin the transformation of food systems in Europe so as to make them 'future-proof': sustainable, resilient, performant, inclusive, diverse, and competitive. Food systems in this context include entire 'value chains' - from inputs[2], to primary production (agriculture, aquaculture & fisheries), harvesting, storage, processing, packaging, distribution, waste streams, to consumer intake – and back. Food systems go beyond the production of sufficient food for all, and must also respond to the need to provide safe, high quality and nutritious food for healthy and sustainable diets. FOOD 2030 will provide a R&I contribution to a set of food and nutrition security priorities[3]:

  • Reducing hunger, malnutrition and diet-related illnesses, ensuring food safety and helping citizens adopt sustainable diets and healthy lives
  • Building a climate and global change-resilient primary production system
  • Implementing sustainability and circular economy principles across the whole food system
  • Boosting innovation and investment, while empowering communities

This action is expected to contribute to the further development and implementation of the European Commission FOOD 2030 [4] initiative, as a response to the Milan World Expo process, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the COP21 commitments. The action will serve as a platform for multi-actor engagement and awareness-raising in support of the initiative and its action plan. In particular, the scope of this coordination and support action (CSA) will be to explore possible research and innovation breakthroughs bringing on board a wide diversity of actors[5], and when appropriate, youth and children. Furthermore it will facilitate dialogue and co-creation between Member State funding and programming authorities (ex: SCAR and JPI, etc.) for improved policy alignment and leveraging of funds. This action will also provide evidence and strategic intelligence on trends in food systems and food systems research in Europe (region and country level), and globally. It will design hands-on future-oriented training[6] (primary and secondary school and university levels) on food systems science and innovation, produce any other relevant training, communication and dissemination material adapted to different stakeholders and assess and showcase key findings, good practices, networks, case studies, EU projects and demonstrations in food systems R&I. It should take into account the output of envisaged EC funded expert support for the implementation of FOOD 2030.

This CSA will have the duration of three years and will be implemented as a Mobilisation and Mutual Learning (MML) action plan fostering the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of up to EUR 4 million would allow this challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

to contribute to the further development and implementation of the European Commission's FOOD 2030 initiative and ensuing action plan to connect, structure and scale-up research and innovation for food and nutrition security in Europe, but in a global context. The CSA will serve to mobilise a wide diversity of actors and experts to:

  • raise awareness and help increase the outreach and impacts of European R&I outcomes and initiatives in the field of Food and Nutrition Security.
  • contribute to strengthen R&I policy coherence and programme alignment.
Delegation Exception Footnote:

This activity directly aimed at supporting the development and implementation of evidence base for R&I policies and supporting various groups of stakeholders is excluded from the delegation to REA and will be implemented by the Commission services.

Cross-cutting Priorities:

Socio-economic science and humanities
Open Innovation
Open Science
International cooperation

[1]Standing Committee for Agricultural Research (SCAR) and relevant Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI), etc.

[2]Inputs cover ecosystem services including land, soil, water, and biodiversity.

[3]Provisional articulation of priorities.

[4]Provisional title of initiative.

[5]For instance, but not only, researchers, policy makers, private sector, civil society, investors, entrepreneurs, educators, centres of learning (like science museums, innovation hubs), foundations, etc., in selected cities across Europe, giving priority to countries of upcoming EU presidencies, and those cities adhering to the Milan Urban Food Pact, while ensuring an appropriate multilingual coverage

[6]Integrating science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM)

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  7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.
  • Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

       Open access to research data

  • The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in annex L of the Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.
  • Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.
  • Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.
  • Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs.
  • Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.
  • The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.
  • Further information on the Open Research Data Pilot is made available in the H2020 Online Manual.
  1. Additional documents:

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: General Annexes
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 - Regulation of Establishment
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme
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