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Call for expression of interest to participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs 2022

EIT Food is looking for consortia consisting of scientific organisations and food producers that would participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs project.

07 Jul 2022
EIT Food North-East

Consumer Engagement Labs are pre-competitive co-creation sessions carried out by a relatively coherent group of consumers in a joint, physical/online place and limited in time, focused on the development of new product concepts. In 2022, the project involves pilot implementation of Labs that is addressing the needs of young people aged 15—19 (older adolescents). The aim of workshops is to propose innovative and healthy snacks for older adolescents. The products should be plant-based and sold as snacks that can be consumed without the need for further processing.

Applications are invited from countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary***, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia.

*** In Hungary, Labs will be implemented by the project participant/EIT Food partner Campden-BRI (scientific organisation). Consequently, only applications from food producers are accepted from Hungary (no further scientific organisations).

Eligible organisations

Scientific institutions

Eligible scientific organisations need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Operating as university or public research institute;
  2. Operating in a country targeted by the call (confirmed by office address);
  3. Able to sign a subcontracting agreement with the EIT Food Co-Location Centre and act as a subcontractor in a project funded based on Horizon Europe/EIT modalities (EIT Food partners and Rising Food Stars members are not eligible);
  4. Possessing knowledge, skills, and resources needed to carry out the subcontracted tasks (including: previous experiences in delivering workshops with consumers, including focus group interviews, participatory workshops or co-creation processes).

Food producers

Eligible food producers need to meet the following criteria:

  1. A legal person (informal organizations/unregistered startup teams are not eligible);
  2. Operating in a country targeted by the call (confirmed by company registration address);
  3. Having as beneficial owner(s), the citizen(s) or entities of the country targeted by the call;
  4. A food producer (company manufacturing food; NACE code C10), focused on products for end consumers (not food ingredients or food-related services);
  5. Willing to introduce a new food product from the snack category, designed as the outcome of the Labs;
  6. Able to sign a subcontracting agreement with the EIT Food Co-Location Centre and act as a subcontractor in a project funded based on Horizon Europe/EIT modalities (EIT Food partners and Rising Food Stars members are not eligible);
  7. Carrying out manufacturing operations on-site, leveraging own production equipment (in-house production, not outsourced);
  8. Possessing knowledge, skills, and resources needed to carry out the subcontracted tasks.


Selection process

Interested and eligible organisations are invited to submit their applications
by 26 July 2022, 11 am CEST
, using the attached “EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs” Application Form”. Please send the electronic version of the application, based on the attached template, to: kklincewicz@wz.uw.edu.pl. Incomplete applications or applications submitted by ineligible organisations will be rejected.

Benefits for selected organisations:

The organisation selected as subcontractor will be offered the following benefits in 2022:

  • Ability to benefit from the association with EIT Food and the EIT community (as subcontractor in EIT Food activities), and the brands of EIT Food and the EIT;
  • Rights to participate in thematic project meetings, organized by EIT Food and its partners (no membership fees will be required from subcontractors; EIT Food will not cover travel costs to attend internal meetings, but organisations designated as subcontractors can use their assigned budgets to cover these costs);
  • Rights to promote the association with EIT Food project, commercialise the product(s) developed as outcomes of the Labs process and introduce them to the market;
  • Opportunities for networking with EIT Food partners, including opportunities for joint project ideation and involvement in other EIT Food projects;
  • Subcontracting agreement with EIT Food Co-Location Centre with funding as defined in this call document, contingent upon the delivery of contractual tasks. Payments will be linked to compliance with the contractual tasks and deliverables;
  • Opportunity to leverage consumer insights for new product design and commercialisation;
  • Knowledge and organisational support of EIT Food, its CLCs and partners in the implementation of the activities planned for each subcontractor of the project.

Deadline for applications: 26.07.2022, 11 am CEST.

Below you can download the Call for EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs 2022, the application form (a separate one for scientific organisation and for food producer) and the agreement template.

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