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COVID-19 Rapid Response Innovation

As a part of EIT's Crisis Response, this initiative funded high-impact innovative activities until 31 December 2020.


This initiative funded high-impact innovative activities 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 call was developed to fund projects which had the potential to deliver both rapid and significant impact. Following the funding announcement, EIT Food invested almost EUR 6 million in total in 12 innovation projects, eight of which developed and launched products and services to the market in 2020 and 2021.

These innovations support the immune system before, during and following COVID-19 infection; products and services which deal with issues directly related to supply chain disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as increased food loss and waste; and technologies and packaging solutions to protect food and reduce the risks of SARS-CoV-2 contamination. 

Explore our projects and their innovations, by clicking though to the project pages below:

Improved Nutrition

Supply Chain Disruption

Food Safety Risks