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Improving noise reduction

The Silentwood project has developed sophisticated noise-reducing wall panels and doors. In addition to spurring growth and jobs in the doors/panels application sector, Silentwood will provide direct economic and health benefits to the EU.
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EuResist - Enhancing HIV treatment with more precise patient modeling

HIV is not curable but it is treatable, states Dr Francesca Incardona, CEO of EuResist Network GEIE and research area manager at Informa Srl, the SME responsible for coordinating the EuResist project.
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SILCO - Doing away with bacteria in water systems

The SILCO project has developed an innovative monitoring device that senses the elimination process of complex bacterial communities known as biofilm and unsafe bacteria from drinking water systems. The prototype successfully killed legionella bacteria at a natural source spa in Slovakia
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FIRELI - New hose equipment to increase safety of firemen

Every year, fires affect large areas of forest in Europe - mostly in the Mediterranean countries, where an average of around 500,000 hectares are destroyed annually. That is the equivalent of 50 times the land area of Paris. The economic cost is estimated at between €600 and €800 million per year.
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Smart irrigation technology set to reduce costs and save water

Due in large part to inefficient water irrigation systems, the agriculture industry wastes 60% of the water it uses each year, or 70% of the world's freshwater. WaterBee has developed a smart irrigation system to reduce this wastage, thereby saving money and increasing both crop quality and yield.
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NANORAY - A portable x-ray machine

X-ray technology has existed for more than 100 years, but in spite of repeated efforts no one has found a way of solving the problems involved in making X-ray machines portable. Now, thanks to an innovative European Union (EU) funded multinational research project, that breakthrough has at last been achieved.
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CleanHatch - New high-tech solution to clean fish hatcheries

Due to increased market pressure to produce high quality and low cost fish, the aquaculture industry has been forced to develop technologies that reduce the level of risk to investors yet maintain reliable production output.
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Let there be sight

Transplanting the human cornea (1) can enable a blind person to see. But it requires the perfect human donor match and there are no guarantees of success. A group of EU-funded SMEs and researchers, however, has developed an artificial cornea that offers failed transplant patients a potentially life-changing alternative.
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Food, agriculture and fisheries, and biotechnology
Building a European Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy

The primary aim in funding food, agriculture, fisheries and biotechnology research under FP7 is to build a European Knowledge Based Bio-Economy (KBBE) by bringing together resources from all industries and economic sectors that produce, manage and exploit biological and related services, supply or consumer industries, such as food, fisheries, forestry, agriculture, etc.

The work programme of Theme 2 has been designed to attract industrial participants, in particular SMEs. These may be: end-users of new technologies (such as breeding companies, SMEs or agricultural cooperatives involved in the production, packaging or control of foods or feeds, etc); technology providers (mainly engineering companies) or technology-based biotechnology companies (agricultural or industrial biotechnology).

The advancement of knowledge in the sustainable management, production and use of biological resources (microbial, plant and animal) will provide the basis for safer and competitive products and services for agriculture, fisheries, feed, food, health, forest-based and related industries. Major contributions to the implementation of existing and prospective policies and regulations in the field of public, animal and plant health and consumer protection are anticipated. New renewable energy sources will be supported under the concept of a European knowledge-based bio-economy.

An overall budget of EUR 1.9 billion has been set aside for the Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology theme in the Seventh Framework Programme .


The objective of the Theme 2 work programme is to fund Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology Research under FP7 through the establishment of KBBE in order to increase productivity and competitiveness.

Areas of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology Research covered in FP7

Theme 2 is built around three pillars of activities and includes:

  • sustainable production and management of biological resources from land, forest and aquatic environments;
  • Fork to Farm: food, including seafood, health and wellbeing;
  • life sciences, biotechnology and biochemistry for sustainable non-food products and processes.

This ambitious programme will allow the EU to better address issues such as:

  • growing demand for safer, healthier, higher quality food;
  • sustainable use and production of renewable bio-resources;
  • increasing risk of epizootic and zoonotic diseases and food related disorders;
  • threats to the sustainability and security of agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries;
  • increasing demand for high quality food, taking into account animal welfare and rural and coastal contexts and response to specific dietary needs of consumers.

Scope of food research and opportunities in other thematic areas

The scope for food research is extremely broad with opportunities for health research funding arising under other themes. These include Health; Information and Communication Technologies; Nanosciences; Energy; Environment; Transport; and Space.

Opportunities for SMEs

This theme has been designed to attract the participation of SMEs. These might be end-users of the technology or technology providers. The active participation of agro-food SMEs will help involve innovative SMEs in food-labeling. The participation of high-tech SMEs is compulsory for research calls that target human nutrition.

The strategic research agendas of the European Technology platforms relevant to Theme 2 have also been taken into account. See “Plants for the future”, “Farm Animal Breeding” “Global animal health”, “Food for life”, “Sustainable Chemistry”, and “Forest Based Sector” Other key stakeholders include the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR).

For more information on the theme Food, agriculture and fisheries, and biotechnology see pages on CORDIS.