Food, Agri Bio
Activities under Societal Challenge ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’ aim at making the best of our biological resources in a sustainable way. The objective is to contribute to securing sufficient supplies of safe, healthy and high quality food and other bio-based products, by developing productive, sustainable and resource-efficient primary production systems, fostering related ecosystem services and the recovery of biological diversity, alongside competitive and low carbon supply chains. This will accelerate the transition to a sustainable European bioeconomy, bridging the gap between new technologies and their implementation.
To achieve this objective, this Work Programme part offers opportunities in finding diverse and innovative solutions to well-identified challenges in key EU policy priorities. Through generic or dedicated topics, a broad multidisciplinary participation is welcomed in these efforts. The overarching principle underlying the activities proposed is that applicants are invited to find solutions which will make positive changes to our society, economy and environment, using resources more efficiently. In this respect, solutions should be found that cut across research and technological fields, with a strong innovation and market driven approach, in view of increasing growth and job creation. The involvement of end users including farmers, fishers, consumers, public authorities (including at local and regional levels) and society at large will be a key to achieve this. In particular, several topics will involve a 'multi-actor approach' as foreseen in the Horizon 2020 Regulation1.
Solutions to tackle the identified challenges should duly integrate Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities. Gender differences should also be taken into account in risk assessment, in developing, designing and performing the relevant safety tests for new products – including gender attitudes, behaviours and factors intersecting with sex and gender (socio-economic status, geographic location, religion, etc.). Whenever possible, the activities should also include a better understanding and handling of the ethical aspects as well as the promotion of the highest ethical standards in the field and among the actors and stakeholders. The most common issues to be considered include personal data protection and privacy, protection of participants and researchers and ensuring informed consent, involvement of vulnerable population, the potential misuse of the research results, fair benefit sharing when developing countries are involved and the protection of the environment.
All activities are open to legal entities established in third countries and strong efforts are made to encourage them to seize this opportunity. In line with the objectives of the EU The 2014 - 2015 Work Programme for Societal Challenge 2 is composed of three calls. Two highly cross-cutting calls on 'Sustainable Food Security' and on 'Blue Growth' (to which other parts of Horizon 2020 contribute directly and indirectly) and a call aiming at fostering an 'Innovative, Sustainable and Inclusive Bioeconomy'. Finally, the Article 187 Joint Technology Initiative on 'Bio-Based Industries' will finance activities with a strong innovation and industry drive aimed at delivering technological breakthroughs in the biomass to bio-product value chain.