2. Food agriculture

  1. Introduction
  2. What kind of programme is usually funded?
  3. What kind of participant is usually funded? - Participation rules
  4. What is the procedure for funding? - Financing models
  5. Where can I get consultation?
  6. Where can I find a Bavarian contact person?
  7. Where can I get more information?

1. Introduction

The activities in topic 2 "Food", Agriculture, Fisheries and Bio-Technology" track the long-term goal of development of a sustainable European knowledge based bio-economy (KBBE). This concerns primarily the investigation, exploration and development of new future-referenced technologies and the interface topics connected therewith, which are concerned with the social, ecological and economic challenges (i.e. side-effects and repercussions). The constantly increasing demand for safe, healthy and high-quality food requires coordinated research efforts at the European level.

Important goals:

  • Sustainable production and use of renewable organic raw materials
  • Abatement of the dangers of animal epidemics and of dysfunction caused by food for animals
  • Sustainability and safety in agricultural production, aquaculture and fisheries with the background of climate change.

2. What kind of programme is usually funded?


2.1 Sustainable production and management of the biological resources from soils, forests and the aquatic environment (rivers, lakes and oceans)

  • Investigation of the most important long-term factors for a sustainable production and management of biological resources, for example in the areas of the so-called “-omics” technologies such as genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, etc and the systems biology, bio-informatics and converging technologies for micro-organisms, plants and animals and the use of their biological diversity.
  • Strengthening of sustainability and competitiveness with a simultaneous guarantee for the user’s health and diminished environmental ramifications in agriculture, gardening, forestry, fishery and aquaculture with the goal: soil fertility, better cultivated plants and production procedures including biological cultivation, quality-production regulation and ramifications of GMOs upon the environment and humans, as well as plant and species protection, sustainable and competitively viable land and forest agriculture and development of rural environments.
  • Optimisation of animal health and animal protection, livestock breeding and production: infectious diseases among animals including epidemiological studies (e.g. SARS), animal epidemics (zoonosis), diseases in connection with animal feed and safe disposal of animal waste, etc.
  • Deployment of suitable political instruments for decision-makers regarding the avoidance of further dangers for the sustainable and safe production of food including climate change, sustainable and competitively viable fisheries and aquaculture including breeding and animal protection.

2.2 Feedback "from table to farm": food, health and well-being

  • Examination of consumer-behavioural patterns: food and animal feed in interaction with consumers, society, industry and health, and traditional aspects such as competitiveness, health and well-being, including behavioural aspects and cognitive science.
  • Investigation of nutritional factors and habits: diseases contingent upon nutrition, physiological and psychological disorders including adiposities and allergies, nutrition and disease-prevention.
  • Optimisation of the innovation capabilities of the European food and animal feed industries (including packaging).
  • Guaranteeing the chemical and microbial security and improvement of quality in the provision of food in Europe: beverages and animal feed, improved methods of control and mechanisms for control for food safety, integrity of the food-chain, assessment, containment, notification and acknowledgement of risks.
  • Protection of human health and the environment through better investigation of environmental repercussions upon food and food-chains: concept of an overall food-chain, traceability, authenticity of food, development of new ingredients and products, consumer aspects, etc.

2.3 Bio-sciences, bio-technology and bio-chemistry in the service of sustainable non-food products and the corresponding procedures

  • Strengthening of the science foundation and development of modern technologies for production of bio-mass for industrial purposes: improved cultivated plants, animal feed stocks, ocean products and bio-mass for energy production for the environment and for new products with high added value (materials and chemicals) including novel cultivation systems, bio-processes and concepts for bio-refinery, biocatalysis, new and improved micro-organisms and enzymes.
  • Issues regarding application of industrial bio-technologies within the overall bio-mass chain of forest plants and agricultural plants.
  • Use or development of bio-technologies for novel, improved, high-quality and renewable products and procedures in forestry.
  • Investigation of the potential in bio-technology for recognition, surveillance, avoidance, treatment and removal of contaminants: environmental rehabilitation and clean procedures including exploitation
  • Maximisation of the economic value of waste and by-products with the aid of organic procedures

3. What kind of participant is usually funded? - Participation rules

In the subject area 2, there exists as well the special form of “Call” (for tenders) from so-called SICA projects* with special conditions for participation, which are thoroughly disclosed and explained in the work programme.

* SICA - Specific International Cooperation Actions (calls orientated to the research needs of third countries)

Eligible legal entities

  • Universities and universities of applied sciences (formerly known as technical colleges or "Fachhochschulen")
  • Non-university research institutions
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Enterprises with aspirations for innovation (from industry, commerce, etc)
  • Public facilities such as officials
  • Consultation facilities, etc.

Eligible nations

  • EU-27
  • Associated countries (Iceland, Israel, Croatia, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey)
  • International Cooperation Partner Countries (ICPC-countries)
  • Third countries (USA, Canada etc.) => as a rule, they receive no funding!

Make-up of the consortium

  • Minimum three independent legal entities from three different EU member states (third nations do not count as minimum partners)
  • Possible exceptions and special cases are specified in the respective work programmes

4. What is the procedure for funding? – Financing models

For the duration of FP7 (2007–2013), a budget is planned amounting to 1.935 M. € for subject area 2. The funding quota in this case also amounts to 75%.

Depending on the type of project, participants and activity, the following quotas are given (not valid for SME-specific projects!):

Research & Technological development:

75% for research institutions and SMEs
50% for all other legal entities

Demonstration activities:

50% for all legal entities

Coordination, audit costs and other activities:

100% for all legal entities

Coordination/ Support Actions:

100% for all legal entities

Costs eligible for funding:

Personnel, travel, material, infrastructure, other costs, external services, common costs

5. Where can I get consultation?

National Contact Point Life Sciences
PT-DLR in the German Centre for Aviation and Aerospace / PT Jülich
Heinrich-Konen-Straße 1
D-52327 Bonn

Ingrid Zwoch or Dr. Stephan Micha
Tel.: +49 (0) 228 – 3821 - 693 or - 660
Fax: +49 (0) 228 – 3821 - 699
E-Mail: or
Internet: http://www.nks-lebenswissenschaften.de/

6. Where can I find a Bavarian contact person?

Dr. rer. silv. Andrea Spangenberg
Head of Unit Food & Agriculture
Telephone: +49 911 50715-940
Fax: +49 911 50715-999
Bavarian Research Alliance
Gewerbemuseumsplatz 2
D-90403 Nuremberg

Dipl-Ing. (FH) Albrecht Friess
Scientific Officer Food & Agriculture
Telephone: +49 911 50715-930
Fax: +49 911 50715-999
Bavarian Research Alliance
Gewerbemuseumsplatz 2
D-90403 Nuremberg

For White Biotechnology:
Dipl.-Biotech. Franziska Baumhoefener
Scientific Officer Biotechnology
Telefone: +49 89 9901888-151
Fax: +49 89 9901888-29
Bavarian Research Alliance
Prinzregentenstr. 52
D-80538 Munich
Internet: www.bayfor.org

7. Where can I get more information?

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