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Food Security and Biotechnologies


Are you looking for EU funded Research and Innovation opportunities for a project idea in the field of Food Security and Biotechnologies?

Find here, among the many EU funding opportunities for companies, researchers, civil society and innovators, the programmes relevant to your project. 


I.  HORIZON 2020 - R&I Funding 

Horizon 2020 is the 2014-2020 EU funding programme for Research and Innovation. It covers the whole research and innovation value chain, from large-scale international collaborative research projects to smaller projects with an objective of market and societal impact. 

Horizon 2020 is implemented through biannual work programmes, setting all the calls for proposals and the topics for funding. Every year calls for proposals are open for these pre-defined research and innovation topics.

Call for proposals from the SME instrument and Fast track to innovation scheme set 3 to 4 cut-off dates per year.


Under Horizon 2020, Food, Agriculture and Biotechnologies stakeholders are addressed mostly in the work Programmes of the following Societal Challenges:

Calls for proposals from other societal challenges might be of interest for the Food, Agriculture and Biotechnologies sector, in particular:


Did you know that you could have opportunities within other areas? For calls for proposals from other societal challenges that might be of interest for the health sector, please check the SYNERGIES here.

For other specific instruments please see our section SMEs : Menu EU Funding >> SMEs


The Food, Agriculture and Biotechnologies sector will also find funding opportunities in the pillar "Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies" (LEIT) and in particular in the work programmes related to the following Key Enabling Technologies (KETs):





EUROSTARS is a transnational funding scheme from the EUREKA Programme. Its aim is to help “R&D performing SMEs” whatever the sector to get their innovation faster to the market and lead international R&D projects. You can contact INNOVIRIS for more information. EUROSTARS-2 is open to all sectors.

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BBI Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking

A Public-Private Partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium. Operating under Horizon 2020, it aims at drive the Vision and Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA) developed by European Bio based industry.

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