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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

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EIT Food Funding

Up to €400 million is available over the next 7 years for collaborative projects between partners, which build on existing strengths. EIT Food’s first full operational year is 2018.

Members of the University of Cambridge have the opportunity to bid for funding to carry out specific projects that fit the EIT Food remit. There will be regular funding calls over next 7 years and these will be announced by our Cambridge EIT Food Programme Manager.

Non-partner organisations, including start-ups and SMEs can be included in projects as sub-grantees, subject to a funding cap.


Proposed projects must:

- align with EIT Food’s overall vision and mission, and clearly define the targets for added value and the business or societal impact that will be created in support of the following objectives:

  • Overcome low consumer trust,
  • Create consumer-valued food for healthier nutrition,
  • Build a consumer-centric, connected food system,
  • Enhance sustainability through resource stewardship,
  • Educate to engage, innovate and advance.

- involve at least one EIT Food partner from academia and one from industry, based in at least two of EIT Food’s Co-Location-Centres or countries; 

- last between one and three years.


Funding model

A proposed project must build on existing, supporting activities already being conducted by the partners involved, funded from other sources. These are termed KCAs (KIC Complementary Activities).

KCAs can include projects, lab resources, and research personnel. EIT Food will build on KCAs to develop new cross-partner activities termed KAVAs (KIC Added Value Activities).

75% KCA leverages 25% EIT Food funding for new activities (KAVAs).



EIT Food Partners

EIT Food Overview

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Global food security is a major research priority for UK and international science.

Cambridge Global Food Security is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. We promote an interdisciplinary approach to addressing the challenge of ensuring all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and preferences for an active and healthy life. 

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Upcoming events

Global Food Security Symposium

Mar 21, 2018

Washington DC

Finding the Funding – The Research and Business Guide to Smart Agri-Tech Finance

Mar 22, 2018

King's Lynn Innovation Centre, Innovation Drive, King's Lynn, PE30 5BY

Are food miles worth worrying about?

Mar 22, 2018

Mill Lane, Lecture Room 2

Venture Creation Weekend: Innovation in Food Security

Mar 23, 2018

Cambridge Judge Business School

AgriScience YIF Conference 2018: Leading Change Through Innovation

Mar 23, 2018

The Morley Agricultural Foundation, Wymondham, NR18 9DF

Upcoming events