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EIT – KIC Food – COVID-19 Rapid Response Call for Innovation projects – 2020

Grant for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis by funding short term, impactful projects that address Food System business and consumer needs


Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors Health
Regions European Union

EIT Food Network Partner in 2020

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Priorities and funded actions

* Respond to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis by funding short term, impactful projects that address Food System business and consumer needs;
* Focus on EIT Food’s core values: delivering a food system that is innovative, resilient and sustainable, putting the needs, concerns and ideas of consumers at the heart of what we do to drive a more resource-efficient, secure, trusted and transparent food system

* Answering the following challenges (in context of a COVID-19 response or possible similar future Pandemics): 
– Supply Chain disruption 
> Utilise available surplus and reduce food loss 
> Accelerate adoption of circular economy models 
> Accelerate digitalisation through the entire supply chain 
> Connect supply and demand with digital tools
> Create new products from surplus of primary sector 
> Develop products with long shelf-life, better quality

– Consumer behaviour change 
> Modified shopping experiences
> New consumption patterns 
> Food distribution and delivery 
> “Out-of-Home” consumption reinvented
> Need for consumer information and education 

– Improved nutrition 
> What can nutrition do to improve immunity, health and wellbeing?
> Nutrition for populations at risk 

– Food safety risks 
> Adressing risks of SARS Cov-2 or similar viruses in Food and Food-related environments  

Additional Information
* This call for proposals is an open call for proposals 

* Initial duration of the action: activities must be executed until 31 December 2020

* Eligibility
– At least Two entities from two different countries;
– The lead partner must be a Core Partner of EIT Food or a Linked Third Party;
– There must be at least one Exploiting Partner that will launch the innovative solution created (product, service, start-up)


* Grant Amount: between 400 million and 800 million euros

* Co-financing rate: up to 100% of the total eligible costs 

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