EIT Food

EIT Food connects businesses, research centres, universities and consumers.

Programmes Agro-Food, Environment   EIT   Food  

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About the community + programmes

The EIT food wants to make our food future proof by involving more the consumers in the innovation process and consequently increasing the consumers trust in new food products. It also wants to make our food cycle more sustainable and healthy. It wants to achieve this mission by:

  • Helping 533 start-ups to create new food business in 7 years
  • Developing new talents and train 400 graduates through the educational Master programme
  • Launching 398 healthier and more sustainable food products by 2024
  • Engaging the public by reaching out to 147000 consumers to take part in an annual food trust survey
  • Reducing the food related GHG emissions by 40% by 2030

Their programmes are centered in 6 categories

  • Innovation schemes relating inclusive and trusted food system, healthier nutrition, connected and transparent food production system and circular bioeconomy
  • Education through summer schools and a dedicated Masters or PhD course
  • Entrepreneurship focusing on start-ups, scale-ups and female entrepreneurs
  • Increasing public engagement 
  • RIS schemes for regions that are doing less well in terms of innovation
  • Cross-KIC projects with other innovation communities


How to get involved?

The EIT publishes regularly calls for proposals for these different programmes. You can find out the opportunities and latest news at the webpage of the innovation community

The EIT currently has about 50 members and works through 5 regional EIT food hubs with the HQ based in Leuven. Non-members can also take part in most projects so it is not a closed community. you can contact the HQ by mail:

You can also attend or watch InnoveEIT, the annual conference of the EIT where you can meet other members of the communities and experts of the EIT itself.

Finally you can contact the NCP for Food,


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