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Food priorities in Horizon Europe

Food priorities in Horizon Europe

By Ingemar Pongratz

Skies over Sweden Feb 2021 by Ingemar Pongratz
Skies over Sweden Feb 2021 by Ingemar Pongratz

The new European research and Innovation programme Horizon Europe will start later in the spring 2021. The first calls will open April 2021 and we can expect the first deadlines after the summer.

Currently, the work in focused on the final aspects of the programme and to launch an a large information campaign across Europe and to inform stakeholder about Food priorities in Horizon Europe


The Portuguese presidency that has currently the responsibility at this stage provided information on a large number of events that are expected to take place during the spring and summer of 2021. In addition, there is additional information regarding the different topics that we expect will published later this spring.

There are several drafts circulating across Europe today and they provide interesting information. It is interesting to note the wide reach of the future calls in Cluster 6 (Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment).

In the biodiversity area, the calls span across a wide number of areas including marine and coastal environments, reduction of risks due to environmental changes, forestry and its adaptation to climate change, breeding of crops with special focus on their roots and the interplay of roots with the soil microbiota etc.

The draft work programme shows topics connected to agriculture and food production. Topics include food production from both plants and animals. There are topics on both organic farming and more conventional farming methods as well.

There are also topics that address consumer perception of food products and topics that address risk management of pest, pesticides and other risk in the agricultural sector.

It is interesting to note that the concept of agricultural soil health is present in many different topics. Moreover, tackling climate change is key factor. Climate change and is present in many topics future topics. Climate Change is also addressed in a dedicated section of the work programme as well. This section includes topics that address climate smarting farming and climate resilient food production in Europe.

A wide variety of topics and a wide variety of calls. This information is currently available in draft form. The information can change.


Ingemar Pongratz is founder of Fenix Scientific AB / Pongratz Consulting and of Letavis AB. Through Letavis AB we are developing products that increase outputs in farming and animal production. In addition, through Pongratz Consulting, we offer support to universities and enterprises who are looking for funding from Horizon Europe, If you have any questions regarding our services please use the information in the online forms and contact us.

Frozen lakes in the evening 2021 by Ingemar Pongratz
Frozen lakes in the evening 2021 by Ingemar Pongratz
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Ingemar Pongratz är konsult och EU expert med lång erfarenhet av att planera, skriva, administrera, kommunicera och rapportera EU-finansierade projekt.

Ingemar Pongratz tidigare erfarenhet inkluderar flera olika projekt såsom som tex ex Kollaborativa Projekt, Marie Curie projekt och Marie Curie programm. Ingemar Pongratz has framgångsrikt skrivit ansökningar som har resulterat i mer än 500 Million SEK för Pongratz Consulting kunder och andra organizationer.
Ingemar Pongratz har även lång erfarenhet av EU projekt kommunikation och har sammarbetat med stora organizationer som WWF för att kommunicera EU finansierade forskningsresultat till konsumenter. Ingemar Pongratz har även organiserat flera workshops, seminarier, EU Parlaments debatter och deltar aktivit inom olika utbildningsinsatser.
För hans arbete inom kommunikationsområdet så tilldelades Ingemar Pongratz Kommunikation Star priset för bästa EU projekt Kommunikation 2011.
Ingemar Pongratz har också en framgångsrikt backrund inom forskning och har publicerat ett 40 tal vetenskapliga artiklar, författat flera bok-kapitlar och även varit Editor och ansvarig för en bok som belyser riskerna associerade med kemiska kontaminenter i mat.
Ingemar Pongratz har även handledare erfarenhet av ett flertal Post-docs och doktorander.