DRG4FOOD’s second Open Call grants up to €300.000   to pilot projects that develop a trustworthy data-driven food system

Last Updated : 13 May 2024
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    The EU-funded Horizon project DRG4FOOD, a leading accelerator for advancing sustainable solutions in the food industry, releases its second Open Call of €950.000, aimed at supporting at least three pilot projects, each up to €300.000, to develop and implement consumer-facing digital solutions for a digitally responsible data-driven food system. Proposals can be submitted in 3 focus areas: food tracking, targeted nutrition, and consumer food choices. The call closes on June 21st at 5 PM CEST (Brussels time).

    The DRG4FOOD accelerator program is designed for researchers, startups, and SMEs in the agri-food tech sector. The program is structured in development cycles covering five key areas: Data Rights and Digital Responsibility for the food sector, product development and service design, business development & partner cooperation, fundraising, soft skills and events. Applicants can access all the relevant information on the dedicated website.

    Kai Hermsen, DRG4FOOD Coordinator said: “Our Open Call 1 already showed the ingenuity and creativity of European innovators to improve our food system – now we are excited and grateful to scan more ideas on using digital technologies responsibly to meet consumer demands.”

    The first call for technology enablers closed on December 11th 2023 with 85 applications submitted. DRG4FOOD consortium and external experts evaluated all the applications received and selected four pilot projects: ATTESTED, NutriWell, SafeNutriKids and NutriSight. For more information on the OpenCall#1 winners, visit our website.

    Who can apply for the Open Call?

    The call for applications is open to small consortia comprising a research group, an SME/startup, and can also include technology adopters/users. These consortia should consist of at least two partners from 2 different countries and can have up to three legal entities. One of the participants must be from the EU and Horizon Europe associated countries.

    With a focus on building a ‘trustworthy by default’ food system and making a positive impact, the DRG4Food expert team is committed to working with each consortium individually to create world-class solutions and attract venture investment. The fusion of technology and nutrition promises to empower consumers, enhance transparency, and create a healthier, more sustainable food future.

    What’s on offer?

    • A pilot project budget of up to €300.000 without taking any equity or charges in return.
    • Personalized coaching and mentorship from experienced teams at every stage of the pilot, from planning to development and market access.
    • An open-source suite of technological tools to enable the piloting of ‘trustworthy by default’ digital solutions for the food system.
    • Peer connections in the industry, along with access to research connections, and links to potential investors.


    About DGR4FOOD

    The DRG4FOOD project, started in December 2022, intends to build trust in a data-driven food system, and change how we collect, analyse, and use data to develop more trustworthy, sustainable and efficient food systems. The programme works on a clear strategic roadmap (a new virtual food system), a set of technological enablers, demonstration of solutions, a structured funding programme with open calls, and measures to guide and support the food ecosystem of third-party beneficiaries, citizens and stakeholders.

    This fund allocation is one part of DRG4FOOD's comprehensive commitment, totaling €1.9 million across two Open Calls. One of the project’s central objectives is to equip food system innovators with the essential tools and resources to develop innovative solutions that promote trust, transparency, and responsibility in the food industry. These tools and resources include access to a toolbox of baseline technologies and the Digital Responsibility Goals (DRGs) playbook, designed to support innovators in creating responsible and innovative food system solutions.


    Kenia Fita Capdevila, kenia.fitacapdevila@eufic.org