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EIT Food partnerships

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

Our partnership model is evolving

To maximise our impact and to truly make the food system future-fit, we need to create a strong, diverse partnership which engages in systems challenges aligned to our three missions:

  • Healthier lives through food
  • A net zero food system
  • Managing risk for a fair and resilient food system

This will help us to focus on the strength of our portfolio rather than measuring success on individual project basis.

We also want to ensure we are recognising and meeting the needs of our partners, who want to drive change in the agrifood sector in different ways. To do this, we are evolving our partnership model into a broader, more diverse partnership which focusses on impact at scale. We believe we are stronger and can have more impact when we collaborate together around our missions which address the key challenges our food system is currently facing.

To support evolution to this new partnership model, EIT Food will be investing more in our relationships with our partners, in accessing new funding opportunities, and in public affairs.

Our new partnership model includes three categories. These are based on the type of role that individual organisations want to play in the EIT Food community and are aligned to the services that we are delivering as a Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC).

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Our 3 partnership categories

We believe in the value of diversity within our partnership. The size of your organisation does not determine the categories open to you, and our fee structure also reflects this. We want to encourage a range of organisations from across the agrifood sector to join each of our three different partnership categories - from startups, right through to large global corporates, universities and research organisations.

Choose the best path for your organisation.

Strategic partner

Strategic partners are organisations who want to be involved in setting the strategic direction of EIT Food and have a strong influential voice at sector and policy levels both in the EU and beyond.

Delivery partner

Delivery partners are organisations that really want to focus on delivery of excellent impact through projects and programmes.

Community member

Community members are organisations interested in the value of being part of a dynamic network and to connect with and support our strategic and delivery partners.

Next Steps

If you are an existing EIT Food Partner, you should have received the new partnership contract and supporting documentation. To make the transition to the new partnership you simply need to sign the partnership contract and the declaration of size, both of which are done electronically through Adobe Sign. More information on the new partnership approach and all of the relevant documentation is available here on FoodHIVE (Documents | EIT FoodHIVE). Please do take a look, if you have any questions please email or drop your regional contact an email.

If you are an organisation looking to join the partnership, please reach out to your regional contact, or complete the partnership application in the section below.


What are the benefits of joining the EIT Food partnership?

How much does it cost to become an EIT Food partner?

How do I sign-up to become an EIT Food Partner?

How can I speak to someone from EIT Food before I sign-up to be a Partner?

What documents need to be submitted to be fully onboarded as a partner?

How can I modify my partnership level?

Who is in the EIT Food community?

What are the EIT Food missions and how can I get involved?

What is the Impact Funding Framework and how can I get involved?

As a partner, can I get involved in corporate venturing services and do I have to pay?

As a partner, are all EIT Food events free for me to attend?

Can I get an overview of all the EIT Food newsletters I can subscribe to?

Do you have a tutorial about how to use the FoodHIVE community platform?

Can I receive communications support from EIT Food?

Why has our partnership model changed in 2023?

When did the new partnership model come into effect?

Will partners who joined EIT Food before 2022 be automatically assigned to one of the new categories?