Fostering Integration and Transformation FOR FOOD 2030 – FIT4FOOD2030FIT4FOOD2030

Total Budget: € 3,999,999
Consortium: 15 partners
Countries: 6
Duration: 1 November 2017 – 31 October 2030


The research and innovation (R&I) system has an important role to play in providing solutions to the societal challenge of food and nutrition security (FNS) in a changing world. R&I can deliver the transformational force needed to change existing pathways of the food system into more sustainable, resilient, responsible, diverse, competitive and inclusive pathways. In view of the global FNS challenges and the goals set by the United Nations in the Sustainable Development Goals, there is an urgent need to improve the effectiveness of, and increase investments in, R&I for food systems. As such, the European Commission (EC) has established FOOD 2030 as an ambitious policy framework to support these goals.


The overall aim of FIT4FOOD2030 is to establish a sustainable, balanced, multi-stakeholder, multi-level platform – called FOOD 2030 Platform – that will support the EC to further develop and implement the FOOD 2030 policy framework and its action plan. The platform will provide information and will take actions in order to better connect, structure and scale up R&I investments for FNS in Europe in a global context. It will catalyse the transformation of an R&I system on FNS in Europe towards a food system’s perspective and Responsible Research & Innovation and Open Science approach. To achieve the aspired transformation of FNS-related R&I, the FOOD 2030 Platform will have the character of a transformation network, mobilising a wide variety of stakeholders at the level of cities, regions, countries, Europe (and beyond), and developing instruments (guidelines and tools) to be used by the platform. The platform will generate and exchange information, enhance mutual learning processes and propose/take actions in interaction with the EC.

Role of ILSI Europe

ILSI Europe has both a scientific and dissemination role in FIT4FOOD2030. ILSI Europe will have a substantial role in three work packages as well as a supportive role in another four. As part of the consortium, ILSI Europe is taking the co-lead in the coordination of the ‘Identification of R&I Showcases within Food Systems’ (work package 3) in the form of a future expert group. The work package aims to:

  • Map existing and past EU and international intiatives (or cases) to assess what made some cases outstanding in terms of their impact, their organisational structure and processes, their stakeholder engagement and competence building.
  • Develop guidelines that highlight components that were essential for the success of a broad range of cases, so that more R&I initiatives in the future can easily become showcases.

Consortium internal and external experts from industry, agriculture, academia and policy will join forces to come to a consensus on above issues as part of the expert group activity and a workshop in late 2018. The expert group members are listed below.

ILSI Europe will also be actively engaged in the ‘Exploration of Roadmaps for R&I Breakthroughs’ (work package 4) and the ‘Communication, Dissemination and Future Engagement’ (work package 7) of the project. Further, the institute will take on a supportive role for alignment and coordination between work packages with involvement in work package 1, ‘Methodology to Build the FOOD 2030 Platform’; work package 2, ‘Mapping of Trends in Food Systems and Related R&I Policy Frameworks’; work package 8, ‘Learning for Transformation’; and work package 9, ‘Project Management and Coordination’.

FIT4FOOD2030 Expert Group ON ‘R&I SHOWCASES’

Expected Impact

FIT4FOOD2030 project’s mission is to support the FOOD 2030 policy framework and contribute to the urgently needed transformation of FNS-related R&I by providing a network structure, instruments and guidance for the adoption of a food systems and RRI approach. To serve this mission, the project will establish the FOOD 2030 Platform as a multi-stakeholder, multi-level, self-sustainable platform at EU, country, regional and city level. A sustainability plan will be implemented for the FOOD 2030 Platform to be kept active beyond the finalisation of FIT4FOOD2030.
The main outcomes of the FOOD 2030 Platform are:

  • Mobilising a wide diversity of actors and experts;
  • Raising awareness and helping to increase the outreach and impacts of European R&I outcomes and initiatives in the field of FNS;
  • Contributing to strengthen R&I policy coherence and programme alignment;
  • Building competences.

For more detailed information, please contact Dr Matthieu Flourakis at