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Innovation
Innovation

Innovation

We are fostering collaboration across the entire food system to develop innovative technologies, products and services.

Our four innovation programmes

By bringing all players together we want to build a shared vision for the future of food and a shared agenda to transform it and make it better.

Our role is to guide and accelerate the innovation process that will transform the food system. We are committed to overcoming low consumer trust, creating consumer-valued food for healthier nutrition, building a consumer-centric connected food system and enhancing sustainability through promoting a circular Bioeconomy.  

We are building an inclusive and innovative community where the consumer is actively involved, by empowering consumers to take an active part in the transformation of the food system, as well as building and shaping the innovators of tomorrow. 

Our approach puts the needs and concerns of consumers at the heart of the food value chain, co-creating ideas to drive a more resource-efficient, secure, trusted and transparent food system. 

Inclusive and trusted food system

Inclusive and trusted food system

Discover how we are increasing trust in the food system by increasing the traceability and auditability of food quality, safety and authenticity, and catalysing an overall digitalisation of the food value chain.

Healthier nutrition

Healthier nutrition

Our innovation activities are helping to reduce the prevalence and diet-related risk of developing metabolic diseases through personalised nutrition services, including non-invasive tools, online information services and novel technologies, enabling people to make healthier decisions.

Connected and transparent system

Connected and transparent system

We are increasing the connectivity and transparency of the food system to improve the safety, real-time traceability, quality and sustainability of ingredients benefitting both the consumer and industry.

Circular Bioeconomy

Circular Bioeconomy

We are developing multidisciplinary approaches to encourage a circular Bioeconomy mindset, which reuses biproducts and waste, and increases the environmental sustainability of our food system.

Recent activities

Read all about our recent innovation activities

FROM WASTE TO FARM: insect larvae as tool for welfare improvement in poultry

FROM WASTE TO FARM: insect larvae as tool for welfare improvement in poultry

The aim of this project is to test the effects of innovative ingredients (insect larvae) in poultry feeding to allow sustainable production, to improve animal welfare and to potentially meet the consumer demand for healthier, more natural and bettertasting products.

Innovation Prizes

Innovation Prizes

Do you have an idea that could transform the agriculture, fisheries and food sector?
Apply for RIS Innovation Prizes and receive up to €25,000 of equity-free funding. 

RIS countries and regions

RIS countries and regions

If you look forward to getting involved in the revolution of the agrifood system and you are from Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy*, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland* Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain* or Turkey or Ukraine, you cannot miss these challenging activities! 

Learn more about our Regional Innovation Scheme

Want to join a project?

Projects are led by members of our EIT Food community.

Latest news

First edition of the Italian Journalism Award on Food Innovation and Sustainability News

First edition of the Italian Journalism Award on Food Innovation and Sustainability

06 October 2020

EIT Food announces the first edition of the Italian Journalism Award on Food Innovation and Sustainability.

Leuven is European Capital of Innovation 2020 News

Leuven is European Capital of Innovation 2020

25 September 2020

EIT Food, A Knowledge and Innovation Community funded by the European Union, congratulates the city of Leuven, Leuven 2030 and Leuven MindGate on winning the award for European Capital of Innovation 2020.