Sustainable food security - resilient and resource-efficient value chain H2020-SFS-2016-2017 Closed!


The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) is implemented by specific programme and work programmes.

The “Industrial leadership” priority aims to speed up development of the technologies and innovations that will underpin tomorrow's businesses and help innovative European SMEs to grow into world-leading companies. It consists of three specific objectives.

"Innovation in SMEs" provides SME-tailored support to stimulate all forms of innovation in SMEs, targeting those with the potential to grow and internationalise across the single market and beyond.


Actions foreseen within this call for proposals include the following topics:

  • SFS-01-2016:Solutions to multiple and combined stresses in crop production
  • SFS-02-2016:Teaming up for good: Exploiting the benefits of species diversity in cropping systems
  • SFS-03-2016:Testing and breeding for sustainability and resilience in crops
  • SFS-04-2017:New partnerships and tools to enhance European capacities for in-situ conservation
  • SFS-05-2017:Robotics Advances for Precision Farming
  • SFS-06-2016:Weeding - strategies, tools and technologies for sustainable weed management
  • SFS-07-2016-2017:Organic breeding – Increasing the competitiveness of the organic breeding and farming sectors
  • SFS-08-2017:Organic inputs – contentious inputs in organic farming
  • SFS-09-2016:Spotlight on critical outbreak of pests: the case of Xylella fastidiosa
  • SFS-10-2017:Research and approaches for emerging diseases in plants and terrestrial livestock
  • SFS-11-2016:Challenges for disease management: Perennial crops in the tropics and sub-tropics
  • SFS-12-2016:Support for international research on animal health
  • SFS-13-2017:Validation of diagnostic tools for animal and plant health
  • SFS-14-2016:Understanding host-pathogen-environment interactions
  • SFS-15-2016-2017:Breeding livestock for resilience and efficiency
  • SFS-16-2017:Bee health and sustainable pollination
  • SFS-17-2017:Innovations in plant protection
  • SFS-18-2016:Framework Partnership Agreement supporting Joint Actions towards Public-Public Partnerships in the Bioeconomy
  • SFS-19-2016:ERA-NET Cofund: Public-Public Partnerships in the bioeconomy
  • SFS-20-2017:Towards a science-based regionalisation of the Common Fisheries Policy
  • SFS-21-2016-2017:Advancing basic biological knowledge and improving management tools for commercially important fish and other seafood
  • SFS-22-2017:Smart fisheries technologies for an efficient, compliant and environmentally friendly fishing sector
  • SFS-23-2016:Improving the technical performance of the Mediterranean aquaculture
  • SFS-24-2016:Reinforcing international cooperation on sustainable aquaculture production with countries from South-East Asia
  • SFS-25-2016:Support Action to a common agricultural and wider bioeconomy research agenda
  • SFS-26-2016:Legumes - transition paths to sustainable legume-based farming systems and agri-feed and food chains
  • SFS-27-2017:Permanent grassland – farming systems and policies
  • SFS-28-2017:Functional biodiversity – productivity gains through functional biodiversity: effective interplay of crop pollinators and pest predators
  • SFS-29-2017:Socio-eco-economics – socio-economics in ecological approaches
  • SFS-30-2017:Closing loops at farm and regional levels to mitigate GHG emissions and environmental contamination - focus on carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling in agro-ecosystems
  • SFS-31-2016:Farming for tomorrow - developing an enabling environment for resilient and sustainable agricultural systems
  • SFS-32-2017:Promoting and supporting the eco-intensification of aquaculture production systems: inland (including fresh water), coastal
  • SFS-33-2016:Understanding food value chain and network dynamics
  • SFS-34-2017:Innovative agri-food chains: unlocking the potential for competitiveness and sustainability
  • SFS-35-2017:Innovative solutions for sustainable food packaging
  • SFS-36-2017:Co-fund on "One Health" (zoonoses – emerging threats)
  • SFS-37-2016:The impact of consumer practices in food safety: risks and mitigation strategies
  • SFS-38-2016:Impulsivity and compulsivity and the link with nutrition, lifestyle and the socio-economic environment
  • SFS-39-2017:How to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic?
  • SFS-40-2017:Sweeteners and sweetness enhancers
  • SFS-41-2016:EU-Africa Research and Innovation partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture
  • SFS-42-2016:Promoting food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture in Africa: the role of innovation
  • SFS-43-2017:Earth observation services for the monitoring of agricultural production in Africa
  • SFS-44-2016:A joint plant breeding programme to decrease the EU's and China's dependency on protein imports
  • SFS-45-2016:Increase overall transparency of processed agri-food products
  • SFS-46-2017:Alternative production system to address anti-microbial drug usage, animal welfare and the impact on health
  • SFS-47-2017:Management of soil water resources in the EU and China and its impact on agro-ecosystem functions
  • SFS-48-2017:Resource-efficient urban agriculture for multiple benefits – contribution to the EU-China Urbanisation Partnership

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 407,50 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 17 February 2016 - 5 years ago (The deadline for the presentation of proposals for area 1)
  • 13 September 2016 - 5 years ago (The deadline for the presentation of proposals for area 2)
  • 14 February 2017 - 4 years ago (The deadline for the presentation of proposals for area 3)
  • 13 September 2017 - 4 years ago (The deadline for the presentation of proposals for area 4)
  • 17 February 2017 - 4 years ago (The deadline for the presentation of proposals for area 5)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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