Precision Nutrition and Communication Unit

EIT Food’s vision is to put Europe at the centre of a global revolution in food innovation and production, and its value in society. The members of the EIT Food community are world-class players in the international food domain:

EIT Food headquarter is located in Leuven (Belgium), it is structured around five Co-Location Centres (CLCs), each covering several EIT Food partners and partner countries. IMDEA Food, along with Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) is one of the 11 partners that within 14 innovative start-up companies from Spain, Israel, Italy and Portugal, form the CLC’s South of EIT Food, which is located in Madrid.

IMDEA Food and the UAM act as a single entity, forming the management node for the project. The participation of EIT Food affords IMDEA Food a great opportunity to meet its aim of making scientific discoveries known to industry and the population in general.

Since the designation of consortium, EIT Food has worked on a two-track approach; build a strong foundation and get the real work going. All infrastructure is in place, basic processes are operational, legal structures have been set up and a core lean and effi - cient management is being recruited and is in full transition.

In September 2017, The Strategic Agenda (2018-2024) and the Business Plan 2018 were approved by the Partner Assembly in Warsaw and successfully submitted to the EIT.

Over the next seven years, the partners will invest close to 1200 million € matched with up to 400 million € financed by the EIT. Resulting in a total funding budget of over 1.5 billion €.

EIT Food is based on four pillars:

  1. Business Creation: EIT Food supports entrepreneurs and startups through a powerful business creation ecosystem.
  2. Innovation: EIT Food’s four innovation programmes target societal challenges through technologybased products and services with breakthrough potential.
  3. Communication: EIT Food as innovation community actively encourages the participation of all European Citizens.
  4. Education: EIT Food will organise international exchange programmes for students and develop a unique interdisciplinary EIT labelled Food System Master of Science ( M.Sc. ) graduates.