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Publication | 2022

Food systems - Research and innovation investment gap study research: policy paper

This report presents the main results of a comparative study of food systems research and innovation (R&I) investment levels in the EU, considering public and private R&I spent at both national and EU level. Three main strands of research were used to inform the study:

  • a review of projects funded through the EU Framework Programmes (Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and Horizon 2020);

  • a mapping of national public funding available for food-systems R&I in the EU Member States;

  • an estimation of private sector investment in food systems R&I by firms headquartered in the EU.

Data were categorised according to the priorities, pathways and sectors identified by the European Commission’s Food 2030 R&I policy framework to understand overall levels of expenditure on different priorities in food-related sectors and to identify any potential funding gaps.