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COVID-19 Response
COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Response

Europe’s food system has come under unprecedented pressure during the COVID-19 pandemic that requires an urgent and coordinated response. As Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, EIT Food has launched two initiatives to support the agrifood sector in its time of need.

As part of the EIT’s Crisis Response Initiative, this activity directly contributes to the European Union’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EIT Food has launched two funding opportunities to support the European agrifood sector through the COVID-19 crisis:

  1. COVID-19 Bridge Fund – this Call will support startups and scaleups with high-impact and growth potential that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic;
  2.  COVID-19 Rapid Response Call for Innovation projects – this Call will help accelerate impactful projects that address business and consumer needs throughout the food system in Europe

EIT has unlocked 60 million euros to support its Crisis Response Initiative. After evaluation of the submitted Call for Proposals by the EIT Governing Board, EIT Food has been awarded 10.25 million euros. More details on the selected innovation projects can be found in the COVID-19 Rapid Response Innovation page. The winning agrifood ventures will be announced soon. 

COVID-19 Rapid Response Innovation

COVID-19 Rapid Response Innovation

As a part of EIT's Crisis Response, this initiative will fund high-impact innovative activities executed until 31 December 2020. 

COVID-19 Bridge Fund

COVID-19 Bridge Fund

The COVID-19 Bridge Fund supports European agrifood startups that have been affected by coronavirus, as part of the EIT Crisis Response Initiative.

Recent activities

Read all about our recent Covid-19 initiatives

Healthtricous
COVID-19

Healthtricous

The more COVID-19 is studied, the more it becomes clear that there is a link between the impact of the virus and the health state of patients

Safelivery
COVID-19

Safelivery

Safelivery will develop innovative food delivery services and protocols to reduce the risk of surface & packaging contamination of “Ready To Eat" foods by the COVID-19 virus and other agents

ImmunoBoost
COVID-19

ImmunoBoost

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown the world that microbial infections can have devastating effects

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Latest news

EIT Food announces recipients of €6.17 million COVID-19 Innovation Fund News

EIT Food announces recipients of €6.17 million COVID-19 Innovation Fund

07 July 2020

Winning innovations include an edible anti-viral coating for food, a test for micronutrient deficiencies’ effect on disease strength and dynamic pricing technology which can decrease supermarket food waste by....

EIT Food COVID-19 Rapid Response Call for Innovation projects [Update] News

EIT Food COVID-19 Rapid Response Call for Innovation projects [Update]

06 July 2020

EIT Food is investing €6.17m in a COVID-19 Rapid Response Call for Innovation projects. This call was open to partners and non-partners of EIT Food. As part of the....