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COVID-19 Rapid Response Innovation
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. 

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

At EIT Food, we believe that we are all responsible for, and connected to, the food that we eat so we all need to work together to improve it. Our role is to bring all players together, and guide and accelerate the innovation process that will transform the food system. The COVID-19 crisis has placed unprecedented pressure on the global food system, calling for innovative thinking and ways of partnering to face the immediate challenges of the pandemic as well as the future recovery.

The EIT Food COVID-19 Rapid Response innovation projects deliver:

  • Rapid impact: this initiative will fund activities executed until 31 December 2020. As such, the innovative solution (product, service, startup created) must be ready for launch by the end of 2020, and be on the market by end Q2 2021 at the latest.
  • Significant impact: applicants must demonstrate how the initiative will deliver both economic and societal impact, specifically addressing the COVID-19 crisis or possible future similar Pandemics.

Following our recent announcement, we have awarded 12 innovation projects close to EUR 6 million in total. The selected projects focus on supporting three food system challenges EIT Food is currently tackling.

Improved Nutrition

Supply Chain Disruption

Food Safety Risks

Current projects

SPIN

SPIN

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

COVID19 BEAMitup

COVID19 BEAMitup

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

PASS

PASS

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

COVICOAT

COVICOAT

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

Mtching COVID

Mtching COVID

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

MeDiCo-Health

MeDiCo-Health

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

FRIENDS Reduce Food Waste

FRIENDS Reduce Food Waste

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

Smart-ET

Smart-ET

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

Healthtricous

Healthtricous

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

Robin Food

Robin Food

The recent pandemic has resulted in enormous amounts of surplus leftovers such as vegetables and fresh fruits, causing difficulties for farmers. Secondly, a growing number of people...

Our other COVID-19 programmes

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.