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HORIZON EUROPE – Green ERA-Hub – Contributions to a sustainable and resilient agri-food system – 2023

Horizon Europe - Green ERA-Hub aiming at contributing to the development of more sustainable and resilient food and farming systems.

2023-09-07
10.630 million euro
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Appeal framework

Program Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON)
Institution European Commission
Sectors Energy Environment & Climate Health Research & Innovation
Beneficiaries Association & NGO Large company (> 250 employees) Research centre & university Smes & Start-Ups (< 249 Employees)

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Priorities and funded actions

Objective

To support projects that contribute to the development of more sustainable and resilient food and farming systems.

Priorities

  • Priority 1: Analysis of potential synergies and trade-offs of redesigned or new production systems or products along the value chain and their economic, ecological and social effects
  • Priority 2: Identification of the most important drivers, facilitators and barriers to implement and accept new strategies, processes and products
  • Priority 3: Design and analysis of socio-economic structures within a socio-ecological market economy that facilitate functional competition
  • Priority 4: Building strategies to improve the consumers´ knowledge about the impact of their food choices and consumption behaviour on health, environment and economy (food literacy)

Among financed actions

Topic 1: Enhance fertilizer efficiency and reduce fertilizer use

  • Fertilizer production and recovery: innovative procedures to retrieve fertilizers from agricultural (by)-products, residues and waste from agricultural/food production
  • Fertilizer utilisation: improved/optimized use of fertilizer through innovative agricultural production strategies such as precision farming potentially supported by ICT solutions, modelling and decision support systems, as appropriate
  • Organic fertilizer: biological nitrogen fixation by co-cultivation strategies, for example with legumes

Topic 2: Increase European protein self-sufficiency

  • Protein in feed: new concepts for optimal use of feed protein in livestock production, including livestock breeding for low protein feed rations
  • Protein recovery: innovative biorefinery concepts to retrieve protein from residues of feed and food production
  • Protein production: novel sources of protein from breeding of new protein crops and from alternatives (e.g. algae, seaweeds, insects) for food and non-food applications
  • Protein in food: novel food protein sources, their consumer acceptance, and understanding of consumer choices

Topic 3: Mitigate GHG emissions in agricultural and food systems

  • Climate neutrality in agri-food systems: strategies and innovations for GHG mitigation and carbon removal
  • Improved national GHG inventories: new and/or refined emission/removal factors enabling better monitoring, reporting and verification of emissions/removals
  • Enabling conditions: evaluation of policy and/or economic measures to support GHG emissions reductions and enhance removals across the farm-to-fork chain
  • Climate-friendly choices: better understanding of the drivers of consumer behaviour in order to support consumers in reducing food waste and making more climate-friendly food purchases

Topic 4: Sustainable energy use and production in agri-food systems

  • Energy saving strategies “from farm-to-fork”, including approaches during food processing and packaging
  • Renewable energy production in agri-food systems (e.g. biogas, wind, solar)
  • Biogas production in circular systems, avoiding food-feed competition
  • Benefits and trade-offs of energy saving and renewable energy use, including economic aspects

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: between 24 and 36 months

Eligibility

  • Be a university and other higher education institution, public research institution, private nonprofit organisation, or private companie
  • Be a consortium with at least three eligible partners requesting funding from at least three different FB member countries
Financement
  • Total budget of this call: 10.630 million euro

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