More info on EIT Food partnerships

01 June 2019 EIT Food is a Network of organisations that are complementary, demonstrate excellence in their domain and show commitment to the objectives of EIT Food.

More info on EIT Food partnerships

The EIT Food Statutes offer different types of partnership opportunities. For more information on our membership forms please contact the EIT Food office of your region.

Please find the details below. Should you need further clarification, do not hesitate to get in touch with us at info@eitfood.eu

 

CORE PARTNERS

Conditions:

  • Be an industrial and/or service company or a higher education or research institution with legal personality
  • Be incorporated in a Member State of the European Union, in an Associated Country to Horizon 2020 at the date of first becoming a Core Partner, or in the United Kingdom
  • Be directly or indirectly active in or for the Food sector
  • Adhere to the objectives of EIT Food.
  • If applying for SME status, the SME definition as per Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC of 6 May 2003 applied, as amended from time to time.

Partnership fees and rights:

  • Gold core partners paying an annual membership fee of 100.000 Euros can attend, speak and vote (5 votes) in the Partner Assembly, participate in EIT Food activities, for a corresponding EIT funding without limits.
  • Silver core partners paying an annual membership fee of 50.000 Euros can attend, speak and vote (2 votes) in the Partner Assembly, participate in EIT Food activities, for a corresponding EIT funding of a maximum amount of 500.000 Euros. 
  • SME core partners paying an annual membership fee of 25.000 Euros can attend, speak and vote (1 vote) in the Partner Assembly, participate in EIT Food activities, for a corresponding EIT funding of a maximum amount of 250.000 Euros. 

Obligations:

  • Pay the Partnership Fees
  • Become a member, a shareholder or a contractual partner as applicable of the EIT Food Co-location Centre, established in the region in which the organisation has its registered office  
  • Comply with the EIT Food applicable law, the Statutes, the By-Laws, and the decisions taken by the bodies of the Association

How to submit a core membership request:

  • If interested in becoming a Core Partner, please email the EIT Food office of your region, and they will take you through the application process.
  • The EIT Food Supervisory Board will decide on applications taking into account the conditions set out for Core Partners (cf. above) and in respect of the principles of transparency and non-discrimination. It will provide a reasoned decision to the applicant.
  • The applicant has the right to appeal against a negative decision to the EIT Food Partner Assembly. The Partner Assembly decides about the appeal.

NETWORK PARTNERS

Conditions:

  • Be a legal entity and have the capabilities to contribute to the EIT Food activities.

Partnership Fees and Rights:

  • Network Partners paying an annual membership fee of 5000 Euros can participate in EIT Food activities and receive corresponding EIT funding for a maximum amount of 50.000 Euros. 
  • Participate in EIT Food activities, however not as Activity leaders
  • Participate in EIT Food Matchmaking/ lnnovation Market Activities
  • Network Partners cannot participate in the EIT Food Partner Assembly.

Obligations:

  • Comply with the EIT Food applicable law, the Statutes, the By-Laws and the decisions taken by the bodies of the Association.
  • Pay Partnership Fees.

How to submit a Network membership request:

  • If interested in becoming a Network Partner, please email the EIT Food office of your region and they will take you through the application process.
  • The EIT Food Management Board decides on applications taking into account the conditions set for Network Partners (cf. above) and in respect of the principles of transparency and non-discrimination. It will provide a reasoned decision to the applicant.

ASSOCIATES

Conditions:

  • Be a legal entity and have the capabilities to contribute to or participate in one or more EIT Food Activities upon invitation of a Core Partner or EIT Food itself.

Rights and Obligations:

  • Associate may participate in Activities with zero EIT funding when invited to do so by EIT Food, a Core Partner, a regional office or a Linked Third Party. Associates will not have the right to lead Activities ;
  • Associates have the right to use the qualification as "Associate of EIT Food" for the duration of their participation in the specific Activities ;
  • The EIT Food Management Board may invite Associates to Matchmaking/lnnovation Market activities of EIT Food;
  • Associates don’t pay partnership fees and cannot participate in the EIT Food Partner Assembly.

How to submit an Associate membership request:

  • If interested in becoming an Associate of EIT Food, please email the EIT Food office of your region and they will take you through the application process.
  • The EIT Food Management Board decides on applications taking into account the conditions set for Associates and in respect of the principles of transparency and non-discrimination. It will provide a reasoned decision to the applicant.

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