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EIT Food Call for Proposals 2022

EIT Food Call for Proposals 2022

EIT Food has opened its Call for proposals for activities to be included in its 2022 Business Plan.

EIT Food Open Call 2022

EIT Food’s vision is a world where everybody can access and enjoy sustainable, safe, and healthy food – with trust and fairness from farm to fork. The intention of this Call for Proposals is to maximise the societal, economic and environmental impact of innovative ideas and consortia within the scope of EIT Food’s Impact Framework, as described in our Strategic Agenda 2021-27.

EIT Food’s Impact Framework targets four primary Impact Goals for food system change:

  1. Improvement in conditions for enhanced public trust in the food system
  2. Reduction in relative risk of obesity & Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) prevalence in target populations due to known dietary factors
  3. Improved environmental impact of agri-food systems
  4. Enabling transition to a circular & sustainable economy

Scope of Call 2022

EIT Food is calling for consortia of organisations to submit proposals for collaborative activities which will bring innovative technology solutions to the market in the agrifood sector. 

Proposals responding to this call must include the following key elements:

  1. Propose one or more near-to-market, commercially viable innovative technology solutions aligned with EIT Food Focus Areas, Challenges and Impact Framework (More details in the Call 2022 Guidelines).
  2. Innovative solutions must have a TRL level 7 at the time of the proposal submission.
  3. All proposed activities, regardless of activity duration, must launch at least one innovative solution by 31 December 2023, including revenue generated of at least 10.000 EUR. Activities ending in 2024 must launch an additional marketed innovation by 31 December 2024.

Frequently Asked Questions

 Please see our Additional Proposal Resources tab for useful documents to help with your application.  You will find here a compiled list of Frequently Asked Questions and Call 2022 Guidelines Webinar Recording..

Who can participate?

Call 2022 is open to all organisations eligible for Horizon Europe funding. It is not a prerequisite to be an EIT Food partner to submit a proposal. Organisations intending to participate in the call must be eligible for EU funding according to Horizon Europe rules, e.g. incorporated in Europe or associated countries.

All organisations which are successful in this call process will be required to complete the onboarding process to become a KIC Partner and accede to the Grant Agreement (GA) signed with the EIT. They will also need to formally become an EIT Food Partner before the projected activity start date. Additional information regarding the EIT Food partnership categories, corresponding rights and obligations and application forms are available here. More details regarding the consortium requirements and organisation criteria are available in the Call 2022 Guidelines.

How to participate?

To participate all activities must submit a full proposal in PLAZA, our online submission platform.

The first step for new organisations is to set up an account PLAZA via this link. Existing EIT Food Partners do not need to register, as they already have access to PLAZA.

Please see details for submission in the Call 2022 Guidelines and attend our webinars, which will help you navigate the application process.

Key Dates

Call Opens: 1 November 2021

Submission Deadline: 14 January 2022 23:59 CET

Panel Presentation: 14-25 March 2022

Communication about Selected Proposals: 25-29 April 2022

Call Timeline

Call Opens: 1 November 2021

Submission Deadline: 14 January 2022

Panel Presentation: 14-25 March 2022

Communication about Selected Proposals: 25-29 April 2022

Register for Proposal Trainings

We offer various training resources to help you successfully submit your application for Call 2022:

Call 2022 Guidelines Webinar

This webinar will provide prospective applicants with an overview of the Call requirements and application and evaluation process details. There will also be an opportunity for a Q&A with members of the Innovation team. 

Register here for our training on 15 November 2021, 13:00-15:30  

Hype Platform

During the EIT Food Open Innovation Platform/ Hype training you’ll learn how to participate in our Call for Proposals 2022. 

Join us for an informative training on EIT Food’s Open Innovation Platform: Hype.  Hype is your one stop shop for ideation and matchmaking.  Join our training and learn about Hype functionalities like:  

  • Submitting your business card 
  • Proposing ideas  
  • Creating/joining a consortium 

Register here for our training on 18 November 2021, 10:30-12:00

How to Write a Good Proposal 

EIT Food will be offering an online webinar to help improving the quality of Call 2022 Proposals. The webinar will cover the following topics:  

  • Impact and KPIs according to Horizon Europe, EIT and EIT Food Strategic Agenda 2021-2027 
  • How to build a successful consortium, including compliance with eligibility criteria, and engaging with external stakeholders  
  • How to select and define meaningful outputs, deliverables and KPIs  
  • How to set-up a workplan, milestones and define a sound risk management strategy  
  • Exploiting innovation solutions - route to market, commercialisation strategy, business plan, competitive landscape analysis 
  1. Register Here 3 December 2021 9:00-17:00 
  2. Register Here 14 December 2021 9:00-17:00 

Financial Return Mechanism and Commercialization Strategy 

EIT Food will be offering an online webinar to support you in understanding what is a sound Financial Sustainability Mechanism (FSM) and how to prepare your FSM as part of your Call 2022 proposal.   

We will cover the following topics: 

  • Background on the FSM: where does it come from and what is its purpose? 
  • How the FSM is embedded in the proposals and project implementation process 
  • What are the elements for developing a sound FSM
  • In-depth information on what is meant by Key Exploitatable Results and IPR  
  • How to use the Business Model Canvas 
  • Important elements of business cases 
  • What information and data to provide to increase your chances for a positive proposal evaluation. 
  1. Register Here 24 November 2021 9:00-13:00
  2. Register Here 15 December 2021 9:00-13:00

Mandatory Proposal Templates

The following templates are a referenced in the Call 2022 Guidelines and are a mandatory part of your proposal:

Full Proposal Template (Note: This is just for your reference.  Proposals must be made on Plaza our application platform)

Commercialisation Template

Criticality Map

Business Model Canvas

Collaborate with other Innovators

Meet other innovators and collaborate!

Get on Hype! Join our Open Innovation Platform, Hype, and collaborate with other Innovators

Register here for HYPE, your one stop shop for ideation and matchmaking. Hype enable you to efficiently share, collect, recognize and idenfify ideas focused on relevant topics.  Plus you can connect and build a consortium.  Listen to the recording of the HYPE webinar here. 

*NEW* Alternative Protein Showcase and Matchmaking

Join the "Alternative Proteins Showcase and Matchmaking" event and learn about the EIT Food Alternative Proteins projects, take part in the matchmaking and establish new connections!

EIT Food CLC North-East invites current Partners and organisations interested in joining the EIT Community to join us online for "Alternative Proteins Showcase and Matchmaking``

During the event, you will:

  • learn about the EIT Food projects within the Alternative Proteins Focus Area.
  • share your knowledge, thoughts and future projects ideas with the other experts.
  • explore future collaboration options and matchmake for the EIT Food Innovation Call for Proposals 2022


10 December at 10 CET Showcase Event. Please register here for AP Showcase and  Matchmaking on FoodHIVE

10 December at 12.30 CET Matchmaking. Please visit our Conversation Starter Matchmaking page and add your profite. 

Make a Match! Join our Matchmaking event and find partners 

Call for Proposal 2022 virtual Matchmaking gives you an opportunity to share possible project ideas and explore potential collaboration options.  The Conversation Starter web application that we use for the event will suggest relevant meeting partners and participants can interact and plan meetings.  This virtual Matchmaking is limited to 100 participants.  Therefore, we encourage you to register today, create your profile on Conversation Starter and book 15 minute 1:1 meetings with other potential Call applicants in advance. 


25 November 2021, Pre-event 8:45-9:45 See slides from the event here

25 November 2021, Main Event 10:00-16:00 

Focus Areas

EIT Food Innovation Focus Areas - more information can be found here:

1. Alternative Proteins

Protein diversification requires shifting away from an over-reliance on resource-intensive animal proteins and moving towards lower-impact protein ingredients and a greater variety of products.  

Call 2022 Ambition: We seek projects which develop solutions to produce new raw materials and optimize production processes, create affordable alternative protein choices, and grow awareness and trust in alternative proteins. Priority challenges to be addressed are plant-based proteins, single cell fermentation and cell-based technologies.

2. Sustainable Agriculture

There is a need to increase the sustainability of farming practices and promote regenerative and circular farming approaches to reduce the impact of agriculture.  

 Call 2022 Ambition: We invite proposals that contribute to the regeneration of biodiversity and ecosystem services, aid in coping with climate change and building-up agricultural resilience and drive digital transformation, technology adoption, citizen engagement, and capacity building.   

3. Targeted Nutrition

Transforming the food system to fight non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by improving diets and lifestyles is urgently needed to promote healthy eating habits and keeping people healthy, while enhancing consumer awareness about the relationship between food and health.  

Call 2022 Ambition: We invite proposals that aim to halt and reverse the rise in obesity levels, promote healthy aging and reduce the number of dependent adults, double protein food sources available, and develop  personalized nutrition strategies.

4. Sustainable Aquaculture

Aquaculture is expected to provide an ever-increasing portion of global fish consumption in the coming decade. As seafood consumption increases, sustainable aquaculture must keep up with demand while providing many other economic, social, and environmental benefits. 

Call 2022 Ambition: We seek new approaches to transform and expand current aquaculture practices into smarter, circular systems by developing innovative and sustainable solutions to create safe, healthy, and high-quality food.    

5. Digital Traceability

Digitalisation of traceability can improve the safety, efficiency and sustainability of food and increase consumer trust. Moreover, it is one of the steppingstones in the digital transformation of food systems.   

Call 2022 Ambition: Develop transparent and traceable food supply chains to make the food system (1) safe, (2) efficient, (3) sustainable and (4) transparent to consumers and food actors by increasing investments and use/adoption/development of digital tools / technologies and addressing the barriers to user acceptance and increased confidence.   

6. Circular Food Systems

We must shift from our current linear model (make, use, dispose) to a circular food system. This implies the reuse of resources, reduction and (re)-utilisation of side and waste streams to prevent food loss and waste and to allow nutrient recycling and reduction in GHG emissions as well as water and land use. Consumers and value chain stakeholders are key enablers of this shift.  

Call 2022 Ambition: We invite proposals that are based on a food systems approach and include training/education of e.g., retailer and/or consumers. Solutions must deliver on at least one of the following impact indicators: GHG emissions, water use, food loss and/or food waste, waste management, recycling, and upcycling. 

How do we support you?​ (all times CET)

EIT Food North West 2022 Open Call Info Days:

(For Iceland, Ireland, and the UK geographies)

Training: Call 2022 Guidelines 

Training: Hype Open Innovation Platform

Matchmaking: Meet future partners online

Training: How to write a good proposal  

​Training: Financial Return Mechanism and Commercialization Strategy

QUESTIONS? For guideline-related questions, please contact

For technical and PLAZA-related questions, please contact

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