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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 and agrifood ventures can be found on the COVID-19 Rapid Response Innovation page and the Bridge Fund page. 

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

Healthtricous

As part of the EIT’s Crisis Response Initiative, this activity directly contributes to the European Union’s...

Robin Food

Robin Food

The recent pandemic has resulted in enormous amounts of surplus leftovers such as vegetables and fresh fruits, causing difficulties...

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Latest news

EIT Food’s COVID-19 Bridge Fund invests over €5 million to support 13 innovative agrifood startups News

EIT Food’s COVID-19 Bridge Fund invests over €5 million to support 13 innovative agrifood startups

06 August 2020

New announcement reflects EIT Food’s status as one of Europe’s most active agrifood investors

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....