Horizon Europe - Missions - Improving food systems sustainability and soil health with food processing residues

Deadline :
September 27, 2022 5:00 PM

Brussels time

Project Duration:
Funding available:
EUR 14,000,000
Partners required:
At least one independent legal entity established in a Member State; and at least two other independent legal entities, each established in different Member States or Associated Countries

Funding programme

Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation.

Read more about the Horizon Europe programme here.

Call overview

This call aims at improving management and recycling of food-processing residues for increased soil health.

Expected outcome

Project results should contribute to all of the following outcomes:

  • Improved management and recycling of food-processing residues (solid and liquid) for increased soil health.
  • Reduced discharge of nutrients (i.e., nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) into sewage/natural watercourses and landfills relieving eutrophication in water bodies.
  • Empowered interdisciplinary design processes to create soil improvers and to valorise food by-products in food systems (e.g., land managers, industry, SMEs, local authorities, educational institutions and civil society).
  • Higher number of co-developed solutions and investments (public and private) in circular bioeconomy projects.

Scope

The predominantly linear economic models of food production are unstainable and heavily rely on finite and scarce resources, such as phosphorus and water. In spite of recent achievements in resource efficiency gain, the food production and processing industry still requires large volumes of clean water; while also contributing to the discharge of nutrients and organic matter into publicly owned streams and waterbodies. Those nutrients and organic matter can be valorised and used as soil improvers, instead of being wasted. Food systems actors need to recognise that the re-use of water and food by-products is key to achieve circularity in the industry and contribute to soil health.

Circularity is a key component of the European Green Deal, especially the Circular Economy Action Plan, the Farm to Fork and the Bioeconomy strategies, and the supporting FOOD 2030 research and innovation policy. Circularity will allow to reverse the trends of unsustainability and provides opportunities to transform by-products into valuable resources for soils, while taking into account the current legislation on animal by-products and fertilizers. An untapped opportunity lies in the valorisation of food waste streams containing nutrients and organic matter that can contribute to soil health, fertility and restoration while considering the food waste hierarchy. The food waste hierarchy focuses on prevention actions, followed by reuse and recycling pathways, and should guide the development of strategies that tackle food processing residues for soil improvement, when those residues cannot be used for other higher value uses (e.g., re-use for animal feed or use as by-products).

Read more in the Work Programme - Missions, page 290.

Eligibility

To be eligible for funding, applicants must be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:

  • the Member States of the European Union, including their outermost regions;
  • the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) linked to the Member States;
  • eligible non-EU countries including countries associated to Horizon Europe and low- and middle-income countries.

Any legal entity, regardless of its place of establishment, including legal entities from non-associated third countries or international organisations (including international European research organisations 1) is eligible to participate (whether it is eligible for funding or not), provided that the conditions laid down in the Horizon Europe Regulation have been met, along with any other conditions laid down in the specific call topic.

A ‘legal entity’ means any natural or legal person created and recognised as such undernational law, EU law or international law, which has legal personality and which may, acting in its own name, exercise rights and be subject to obligations, or an entity without legal personality.

Consortium composition

Unless otherwise provided for in the specific call conditions, legal entities forming a consortium are eligible to participate in actions provided that the consortium includes:

  • at least one independent legal entity established in a Member State; and
  • at least two other independent legal entities, each established in different Member States or Associated Countries.

Budget

EUR 14,000,000.

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Deadline :
September 27, 2022 5:00 PM

Brussels time

Project Duration:
Funding available:
EUR 14,000,000
Partners required:
At least one independent legal entity established in a Member State; and at least two other independent legal entities, each established in different Member States or Associated Countries