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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 13 innovation projects EUR 6.17 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

PASS
COVID-19

PASS

Several studies suggested that coronaviruses can survive on material surfaces such as metals, glass and plastic. This project will develop plasma-assisted sanitation systems for packaging materials, equipment and...

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. Infected...

Mtching COVID
COVID-19

Mtching COVID

Covid-19 has infected millions of people all around the world. A large number of them have been hospitalised and a long recovery awaits after being discharged...

Safelivery
COVID-19

Safelivery

Safelivery will develop innovative food delivery services and protocols to reduce the risk of surface and packaging contamination of “Ready To Eat" foods by the...

ImmunoBoost
COVID-19

ImmunoBoost

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown the world that microbial infections can have devastating effects. In parallel, in the last years, the medical world has started to recognise the importance...

Smart-ET
COVID-19

Smart-ET

The Grana Padano and Parmigiano Reggiano areas have been highly affected by the current pandemic. Smart-ET will use COVID-19 data from farms and existing models to predict variations...

CovidX
COVID-19

CovidX

Aqueous Spirulina extract is already approved for use in food in the US and EU with no toxicity limitations or known allergens. It also has unique advantages, including...

SPIN
COVID-19

SPIN

The Covid-19 epidemic has evoked a need to prevent new waves of contagion able to overload the health system and the adoption of further restrictive measures, having an enormous...

FRIENDS Reduce Food Waste
COVID-19

FRIENDS Reduce Food Waste

FRIENDS Reduce Food Waste will develop an end-to-end pricing solution that is expected to reduce food waste by more than 40%. The solution will be introduced in a...

COVID19 BAEMitup
COVID-19

COVID19 BAEMitup

This project will build a diagnostic platform that: Meets specific requirements of the food industry (low cost and low limit of detection); Is not subject to shortages due...

COVICOAT
COVID-19

COVICOAT

Manipulation of contaminated food surfaces of fresh food such as fruit and some vegetables might represent a serious risk of spreading coronavirus during postharvest handling and at the retail level....

MeDiCo-Health
COVID-19

MeDiCo-Health

Micronutrient deficiencies are a frequent condition in the general population of the EU and worldwide. Due to soil erosion and depletion of minerals like selenium, food is increasingly deficient in...

Robin Food
COVID-19

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.