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Cluster 6


Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture & Environment

Cluster 6 wants to achieve a transformative change of the EU economy and society by focusing on reducing environmental degradation, halt and reverse the decline of biodiversity and on better manage natural resources while meeting the EU’s climate objectives and ensuring food and water security.

Your NCP contacts for this programme

Natural Resources & Environment
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Kathleen Goris

kathleen.goris@vlaio.be

+32 2 432 42 82

Food, Bioeconomy & Agriculture
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Patrick De Molder

patrick.demolder@vlaio.be

+32 497 59 33 90

About this programme

Activities under Cluster 6 will help to accelerate the ecological transition required by the European Green Deal in order to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.  R&I activities will support the policy objectives of the EU biodiversity strategy for 2030, the circular economy action plan, the EU industrial strategy, the bio-economy strategy, the EU forest strategy, the blue growth strategy, the chemicals strategy for sustainability and the EU plastics strategy, in addition to the EU Climate policy. Cluster 6 will also steer and accelerate the transition to sustainable, healthy and inclusive food systems, to achieve effectively the objectives of the Farm to Fork Strategy.

These objectives are translated in seven destinations and impacts:

  1. Valuing and restoring BIODIVersity and ecosystem services
  2. FARM2FORK: Creating fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food systems from primary production to consumption
  3. Unlocking the full potential of the CIRCular economy and BIOeconomy sectors
  4. Realizing a cleaner environment and ZERO POLLUTION:
  5. Assessing the impact of CLIMATE change on land, oceans and water
  6. Developing resilient, inclusive, healthy and green COMMUNITIES (rural, coastal and urban)
  7. Establishing innovative GOVERNANCE, environmental observations and digital solutions in support of the Green Deal

 

Areas of activity

  • Environmental observation
  • Agriculture, forestry and rural areas
  • Circular systems
  • Food systems
  • Biodiversity and natural resources
  • Seas, oceans and inland waters
  • Bio-based innovation systems in the EU Bioeconomy


As an integral part of Horizon Europe, a set of EU Missions aim to deliver solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing Europe. The mission on Ocean and Waters and the mission on Soils are two of the 5 official mission areas defined by the Commission highly related to Cluster 6.

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Testimonial

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ERC grants for UGent professor Lieven Eeckhout

Professor Lieven Eeckhout’s main research interests include computer architecture and the hardware/software interface with a specific emphasis on performance evaluation and modeling, and dynamic resource management.

Professor Eeckhout is the recipient of a European Research Council (ERC) Starting grant, Advanced grant and three Proof of Concept grants. Two of his former PhD students founded in 2013 CoScale, a spin-off in data center monitoring, which was acquired by New Relic.

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