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Full information on eligibility, selection criteria and commitment is available in Terms and Conditions of the programme.

This year, EIT Food is offering Test Farms program to the following applicants:

  • RIS startups - Startups registered in one of the following countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro*, North Macedonia*, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia*, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey*, Ukraine* and Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Martinique, Mayotte and Saint-Martin (France), the Azores and Madeira (Portugal), and the Canary Islands (Spain).
  • Non-RIS startups - Startups registered in one of the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, United Kingdom

Participation in the Test Farms program as well as financial subgrant to support testing needs will be available under specific conditions for eligible RIS startups. Non-RIS startups cannot receive a subgrant, however, they will be given the possibility to join the program and benefit from the match-making and expert support provided by EIT Food. The cost of these services is 2500 EUR.

Eligibility criteria for RIS participants

Startups are eligible to participate in the programme as RIS startups and receive a subgrant if they:

  • Are a company registered in one of the following countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro*, North Macedonia*, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia*, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey*, Ukraine* and Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Martinique, Mayotte and Saint-Martin (France), the Azores and Madeira (Portugal), and the Canary Islands (Spain).
  • Have received no more than 60,000 euros in funding from EIT Food in 2021.
  • Have developed an innovative solution in agriculture/animal husbandry.
  • Work towards furthering one of EIT Food’s six overarching strategic themes to transform our food system. The themes are: Alternative proteins, Sustainable agriculture, Sustainable aquaculture, Targeted nutrition, Digital traceability, Circular food systems
  • Have submitted a complete application in English, i.e. answered all the questions included in the form available on the website: https://www.f6s.com/test-farms... and attached all the required documentation.
  • Have not participated in previous editions of the Test Farms programme.
  • EIT Food’s RisingFoodStars who are are Affliated Entities in Horizon Europe are ineligible for the program.

*These third countries, which are all listed in the European Innovation Scoreboard, will be fully eligible for the EIT RIS, following the successful conclusion of individual Horizon Europe Association Agreements.

Eligibility criteria for non-RIS participants (not registered in RIS country)

Startups with registered offices in Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden or Finland are eligible to participate in the programme if they:

  • Have developed an innovative solution in agriculture/animal husbandry.
  • Work towards furthering one of EIT Food’s six overarching strategic themes to transform our food system. The themes are: Alternative proteins, Sustainable agriculture, Sustainable aquaculture, Targeted nutrition, Digital traceability, Circular food systems
  • Have submitted a complete application in English, i.e. answered all the questions included in the form available on the website: https://www.f6s.com/test-farms... and attached all the required documentation.
  • Commit to paying the 2500 EUR + VAT participation fee (advance payment of 500 EUR before match-making and final payment of 2000 EUR when EIT Food finds a suitable farmer).