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Innovative bio-based food/feed ingredients

Expected outcomes

In line with the objectives of the Circular Economy and Zero Pollution Action Plan, as well as the Farm to Fork Strategy, the new regulation on the assessment and authorisation of feed additives, food additives, food enzymes and food flavourings as well as the regulation for the re-evaluation of programme of approved food additives, the successful proposals will contribute to the development of sustainable and healthy bio-based food and feed ingredients other than proteins. Successful proposals will also contribute to the implementation of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy, to the updated EU Industrial Strategy and to Europe’s food security and Farm2Fork strategy ambition.

Project results should contribute to the following expected outcomes:

• Increased availability of affordable bio-based functional ingredients for food and feed with high nutritional and health properties.
• Increased safety and sustainability of food and feed value chains.
• Reduction of use of food and feed ingredients from unsustainable sources.
• New and better organoleptic and nutritional properties for healthy food and feed ingredients, increasing consumer acceptance.

Scope

Human and animal nutrition are two key areas where the bio-based industries can play an important role in addressing the present societal and climate challenges. Considerable attention is given to the mobilisation of alternative sources of proteins, fibres and carbohydrates, due to the increasing world population and the current unsustainable animal protein production systems. In addition to proteins, fibres and carbohydrates where significant advancements are under way, there is still the need to develop and validate at pilot scale breakthrough innovations in other food and feed ingredients which play an important role in human and animal health such as prebiotics, postbiotics, vitamins, peptides, oligosaccharides, fats, emulsifiers, enhancers of digestibility. In addition to those having a direct role in nutrition, other ingredients have an indirect, but nonetheless key, role in promoting healthier food and feed systems by enhancing organoleptic properties, texture, colour, palatability, digestibility etc. Unlocking this opportunity alongside with the current push to healthier and sustainable food chains makes the market of sustainable food and feed ingredients extremely promising for high tech bio-based applications.

Proposals under this topic should:

  • Develop innovative food and/or feed ingredients from sustainably sourced bio-based feedstock. The innovation in scope can be related to i) breakthrough processes to obtain known food/feed ingredients, and/or ii) novel food/feed ingredients. Ingredients in scope include bioactive compounds, antioxidants, prebiotics, postbiotics, vitamins, peptides, oligosaccharides; fats; emulsifiers; taste, texture, palatability and digestibility enhancers; colourants, functional/’precision proteins’ (i.e. proteins obtained, for example but not only, from precision fermentation process) among others. Besides the technical properties of the targeted ingredients (organoleptic, nutritional, prevention of intolerances/allergies), proposals should also consider their affordability. The production of bulk proteins, fibres and carbohydrates used as main nutritional component is not in scope per se; however the development of complex food and feed formulations involving the application of innovative
    functional ingredients working in synergy with them is in scope.
  • Any production technique is in scope; proposals are required to pay particular attention to environmental, social and economic sustainability of the chosen pathway (including ingredients’ sources and availability/supply and the use of natural resources such as land, water, energy). In addition to production processes, proposals should consider downstream separation and purification processes to meet the targeted quality for final application aligned with food and safety legal requirements. Circular solutions, e.g. exploiting residual streams, are also in scope and could provide additional socioenvironmental benefits. In this case proposals need to take particular care and adopt monitoring solutions to ensure that neither pathogens nor contaminants from the starting residual stream is injected back in the loop.
  • Test the properties of the functional ingredients developed, alone and/or in combination and, if applicable, their effect on product formulations according to established testing procedures. Moreover, proposals should test the safety of developed ingredients through in vitro toxicological tests.
  • Address the regulatory aspects relevant to the targeted end market(s), ensuring
    compatibility in the perspective of potential future scale-up.
  • Involve end users starting from the early stages of development to assess market
    acceptance of the new ingredients. When addressing consumer products, involve
    consumers to gain insight of their perception and future chances of market uptake.

Proposals must implement the multi-actor approach and ensure adequate involvement of all key actors in the value chains relevant for this topic, in particular involving farmers, feedstock providers, bio-based industry, end users (e.g. consumers and brand owners) and regulatory actors.

Proposals should also describe their contribution to the Specific CBE JU requirements, presented in section 2.2.3.1.

Proposals should seek for links and complementarities and avoid overlaps with past, ongoing and upcoming EU funded projects, including those funded under H2020, HEU and the BBI JU and CBE JU . Collaboration among projects from the same topic is encouraged.

General Information

Call Type
EU Horizon Europe
Eligible Country/ies
EU + Horizon Europe associated countries
Call Identifier (if any)
HORIZON-JU-CBE-2024-RIA-05
Expected Outcome or Impact
Expected outcomes:

In line with the objectives of the Circular Economy and Zero Pollution Action Plan, as well as the Farm to Fork Strategy, the new regulation on the assessment and authorisation of feed additives, food additives, food enzymes and food flavourings as well as the regulation for the re-evaluation of programme of approved food additives, the successful proposals will contribute to the development of sustainable and healthy bio-based food and feed ingredients other than proteins. Successful proposals will also contribute to the implementation of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy, to the updated EU Industrial Strategy and to Europe’s food security and Farm2Fork strategy ambition.


Project results should contribute to the following expected outcomes:

• Increased availability of affordable bio-based functional ingredients for food and feed with high nutritional and health properties.
• Increased safety and sustainability of food and feed value chains.
• Reduction of use of food and feed ingredients from unsustainable sources.
• New and better organoleptic and nutritional properties for healthy food and feed ingredients, increasing consumer acceptance.
Target Groups
Research Institutes, Academia, Small- and Medium Enterprises, Industry, Individuals, Non-government organisations, Start-Ups
Submission Deadlines
Single fixed deadline
(Next) Submission Deadline
18 September 2024
Type of Funding Instrument
Individual Support
Overall budget for all projects [EURO]
€213 million

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