EIT Food Model

EIT Food's innovation model

EIT Food has four Innovation programmes targeting societal challenges through technology-based products and services with breakthrough potential. Activities are carried out by teams of experts who share an entrepreneurial way of working and an open innovation mindset.

The four programmes are:

EIT Food Assistant

This innovation programme will develop non-invasive tools and on-line information services, and market novel technology that will empower people to self-monitor their Preferences, Acceptance, and Needs (PAN), to make healthier decisions and increase the environmental sustainability of their consumption habits. The activities prioritised in this segment include tools and services to function as:

  • Interactive systems to empower consumers allowing them to customize their diet
  • Self-monitoring of consumers´ preferences, acceptance and needs

Your Fork2Farm

This innovation programme aims at a consumer-centric “fork-to-farm” approach to deliver personalised healthy food at economies-of-scale associated with mass production. It includes and concentrates in people-driven co-creation as a means to boost the development of nutritionally-customised food products with an improved eco-footprint. The activities prioritised in this segment include:

  • Natural and functionalised ingredients to produce healthy and customized products
  • Fostering novel collaborations between consumers and the food value chain for new, healthier food products
  • New food processes to improve the safety, nutritional and sensory profile of healthier food products
  • New strategies for reduction of fat, sugar and salt in consumer products

The Web of Food

This Innovation programme aims to catalyse the digitalisation of the food system to boost a demand-driven, resource- efficient food production and build trust by increasing the traceability and auditability of food quality, safety and authenticity. The activities prioritised in this segment include:

  • Combining digital and sensor technologies to acquire and transmit information through the food value chain
  • New engagement solutions using information technologies to increase consumer trust

The Zero Waste Agenda

This programme will explore and utilise circular bio-economy pathways by identifying favourable tracks for:

  • Optimizing resource efficiency and environmental sustainability
  • Generating consumer relevant functionalities
  • Creating economic and societal value, and
  • Developing novel solutions for future food security.

The activities proposed will develop exemplary and innovative nature-inspired circular bio-economy pilot solutions, serving for up-scaling into wider food system domains. At the same time, they will provoke at the same time a circular-economy mindset and global engagement to reduce and valorise waste. The activities prioritised in this segment include:

  • Recycling strategies, by-products valorisation and the bio-refineries of the future
  • New technological solutions to increase the environmental efficiency of the food value chain