Call for proposals 2017 - H2020 - Sustainable food security H2020-SFS-2018-2020 Closed!


The Sustainable Food Security call is Horizon 2020's main contribution to research and innovation in relation to Food and Nutrition Security in Europe and beyond. Its commitment to sustainability implies that particular attention is given to the interfaces between the economic, environmental and social dimensions of food production. The call advocates for food system approaches to tackle the inherent links between ecosystems, food production, the food chain and consumer health and wellbeing.

The SFS call aims to

  • deliver diverse and healthy food from land and sea
  • increase resource efficiency and environmental performance of food systems from primary production to consumers
  • understand the impact of climate change on agriculture, resources, food quality and identify options to manage its effects
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions and emissions of air pollutants from land use and food production taking into account main drivers such as inputs and consumption patterns


Activities supported under the SFS call complement topics under the Blue Growth dealing with food and nutrition security from aquatic sources. They will contribute in particular to the Focus Area on "Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future" and to a minor extent to Focus Areas "Digitising and transforming European industry and services" and the "Circular Economy"

This call covers the following topics:

  • CE-SFS-24-2019: Innovative and citizen-driven food system approaches in cities
  • CE-SFS-25-2018: Integrated system innovation in valorising urban biowaste
  • CE-SFS-39-2019: High-quality organic fertilisers from biogas digestate
  • DT-SFS-14-2018: Personalized Nutrition
  • DT-SFS-26-2019: Food Cloud demonstrators
  • LC-SFS-03-2018: Microbiome applications for sustainable food systems
  • LC-SFS-15-2018: Future proofing our plants
  • LC-SFS-17-2019: Alternative proteins for food and feed
  • LC-SFS-19-2018-2019: Climate-smart and resilient farming
  • LC-SFS-20-2019: European Joint Programme on agricultural soil management
  • LC-SFS-34-2019: Food Systems Africa
  • SFS-01-2018-2019-2020: Biodiversity in action: across farmland and the value chain
  • SFS-04-2019-2020: Integrated health approaches and alternatives to pesticide use
  • SFS-05-2018-2019-2020: New and emerging risks to plant health
  • SFS-06-2018-2020: Stepping up integrated pest management
  • SFS-07-2018: Making European beekeeping healthy and sustainable
  • SFS-08-2018-2019: Improving animal welfare
  • SFS-11-2018-2019: Anti-microbials and animal production
  • SFS-12-2019: A vaccine against African swine fever
  • SFS-16-2018: Towards healthier and sustainable food
  • SFS-23-2019: Integrated water management in small agricultural catchments
  • SFS-27-2018: Monitoring food R&I investments and impacts
  • SFS-28-2018-2019-2020: Genetic resources and pre-breeding communities
  • SFS-29-2018: Innovations in plant variety testing
  • SFS-30-2018-2019-2020: Agri-Aqua Labs
  • SFS-31-2019: ERANETs in agri-food
  • SFS-32-2018: Supporting microbiome coordination and the International Bioeconomy Forum
  • SFS-33-2018: Support to the implementation of the EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security & Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA)
  • SFS-35-2019-2020: Sustainable Intensification in Africa
  • SFS-37-2019: Integrated approaches to food safety controls across the food chain
  • SFS-38-2018: Highly efficient management of soil quality and land resources

European community funding

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

  • 508,75 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 13 February 2018 - 3 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 11 September 2018 - 3 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 23 January 2019 - 2 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Work Programme 2018-2020 (Work programme)

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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