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Towards sustainable and organic food systems: call for applications

10 September 2019

Can you help secure food and nutrition supply in the future?

Two European Research Area Networks (ERA-NETs) have launched a joint call for transnational research within the area of sustainable food systems.

The call was initiated by SUSFOOD2 and CORE Organic Cofund under the premise that attaining secure food and nutrition supply in the future will require a transition from current linear food production, to sustainable, cyclical oriented systems. These systems will also need to respond to consumers' demand for a diverse, healthy, safe and attractive diet.

The ERA-NETs have built a network with 22 funding bodies from 18 countries/regions that are committing €10.5 million for the call across four topics:

  • topic 1: resource-efficient, circular and zero-waste food systems
  • topic 2: diversity in food from field to plate
  • topic 3: mild food processing
  • topic 4: sustainable and smart packaging (no UK funding contribution)

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) will fund UK contributions under topics 1-3 but funding is restricted to research proposals considering a food systems approach with a primary focus on food chain impacts. Proposals which only focus on agricultural systems research are out of DEFRA's scope for this bidding exercise. DEFRA's contribution towards each project should not exceed the maximum limit of £100,000.

Bidders must contact the DEFRA Susfood2/CORE Organic representatives Victor Aguilera ( and Sophie Rollinson ( prior to submitting bids for funding.

Download the call announcement for more information (PDF, 1.5MB)

This is a two-stage call. The closing date for submission of pre-proposals is 4 November 2019. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by 27 March 2020.

Webinar - 20 September 2019
If you're interested in applying, you can join a webinar on 20 September 2019 for an overview of all relevant aspects of the call, including topics, conditions, requirements, proposal submission, evaluation, etc.

The call itself will be implemented using an online submission tool. Information on both the webinar and the submission tool is available on the joint call submission platform.