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7 promising alternative protein ingredients: LIKE A PRO

One of the latest projects in which Innovarum partners – LIKE-A-PRO – strives to answer the growing consumer and food environment demand for alternative proteins[1] making them more available, accessible, and acceptable to all population groups (from young to elderly, vulnerable groups) and everywhere (urban, peri-urban, and rural areas). In this post, we will take a look at the seven highly promising alternative protein ingredients with which LIKE-A-PRO will develop 16 healthy and sustainable protein products. To know more, check out the websites of the partner product developers as well as stay tuned for the project's upcoming website. Microbial [...]

By |December 21st, 2022|Categories: News: Bioeconomy & Agrifood sector, News: Innovarum Projects|Tags: |

5 EU funding opportunities for projects in the bioeconomy in 2023

Opportunities in Horizon Europe (HE)Horizon Europe (HE) is the EU’s main research and innovation programme for the period 2021-2027. The programme aims to fight climate change and support United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while promoting the EU’s competitiveness and growth. It is allocated a total budget of €95.5 billion.The development of the bioeconomy is one of HE's key priorities, with several funding opportunities tackling this area. The most relevant ones are described below: Horizon Europe Cluster 6 aims to advance knowledge, expand capacities and deliver innovative solutions with the objective of enhancing and balancing Eu environmental, social and economic [...]

By |November 28th, 2022|Categories: News: Bioeconomy & Agrifood sector, News: Horizon Europe|

SISTERS: one year towards systemically lowered food loss & waste

SISTERS is an EU H2020 funded project that aims to design, implement, and promote the uptake of five innovative strategies, one at each stage of the food value chain, to systemically reduce food loss & waste. GLANCE AT THE FIRST YEAR OF SISTERS WORK TOWARDS FOOD LOSS & WASTE REDUCTION SISTERS started with a kick-off meeting organised in Zaragoza in November 2021, where all the 18 partners gathered to strategically plan to reach the project’s aim – to reduce food loss & waste along the food value chain, and thus to ensure that the food system is more sustainable. [...]

By |November 10th, 2022|Categories: News: Bioeconomy & Agrifood sector, News: Innovarum Projects|Tags: |

CHEERS: EU funded Horizon Europe project kicks off!

CHEERS is an EU-funded project led by Mahou San Miguel with a consortium of 11 partners from 5 countries. The project aims to revalorise under-utilised or waste by-streams from the brewing industry for subsequent conversion into five high value-added industrial bio-products through a biorefinery approach. The initiative proposes to achieve a reduction in the resource use and environmental impact of the beer production chain and aims to cover wider impacts on biodiversity and agricultural land use. CHEERS will develop sustainable transformation processes using innovative biological platforms inspired by nature, which will be validated on a demonstration scale [...]

By |November 10th, 2022|Categories: News: Horizon Europe, News: Innovarum Projects|Tags: |

Irene Paredes from Innovarum attends workshop organised by JRC foresight and DG AGRI

Agriculture is one of the important sectors in the transformation of Europe's economy and society towards a long-term sustainable future. European farmers will face several challenges in the future as they continue to supply food and non-food products and at the same time contribute to this transition. The challenges are wide-ranging and include: climate change, resource scarcity, infrastructure problems and changes in food demand and dietary habits. Irene Paredes, co-CEO and co-founder of Innovarum, attended the workshop "Transformative Futures for Farmers and Rural Communities", organised by JRC foresight (Joint Research Centre) and DG AGRI on 20-21 September. In [...]

By |October 13th, 2022|Categories: Innovarum in action, News: Bioeconomy & Agrifood sector|

The EU Green Deal after 3 years

Making Europe the first climate-neutral continent in the world is a major goal set by the European Commission hand in hand with the EU Green Deal. “The European Green Deal is, in short, a commitment to the future, an opportunity to achieve a sustainable economy that will reward society by allowing future generations to meet their needs, for Europe to lead the fight against climate change and to drive cooperation between the different countries.” – Public Agency Ihobe. In more detail, the EU Green Deal aims to reach no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050 (reducing net greenhouse [...]

By |July 28th, 2022|Categories: News: Bioeconomy & Agrifood sector, News: Horizon Europe|

€120M for projects in the bioeconomy: the CBE JU call for September 2022

The details of the very first call of CBE JU were published this June after a year of transition and the publication of the CBE JU Annual Work Programme 2022. Like this, the first call of CBE JU (HORIZON-JTI-CBEJU-2022) follows the line set by its predecessor (BBI JU); looking to fund projects that develop innovative and sustainable bio-based solutions. On this occasion, the focus of the call is on the following strategic priorities: feedstock, processing, products, and cross-cutting aspects of communication and environmental sustainability. All in all, a funding opportunity for projects and initiatives that support a stronger [...]

By |July 4th, 2022|Categories: News: Bioeconomy & Agrifood sector, News: Horizon Europe|

The top 5 EU policies, plans & strategies key for agri-food projects in the bioeconomy

EU Projects are determined by policies and plans seeking to achieve strategic EU objectives in specific areas. Being aware of these policies and plans is key when preparing a project and very especially during the proposal writing process. A clear understanding of the policy environment of the specific program and topic to which our project is addressed will largely increase our possibilities of success. In this post, we will identify and describe the most relevant policies and plans for EU projects within the agri-food and bioeconomy sector: The EGD aims to promote sustainable growth by transitioning to a [...]

By |May 17th, 2022|Categories: EU Funding Oportunites, News: Bioeconomy & Agrifood sector|

Innovarum at BIOKET 2022 with VALUEWASTE

The 15th, 16th and 17th of March 2022, Innovarum participated in BIOKET 2022 with the VALUEWASTE project, an innovative project that proposes an integrated system for urban biowaste valorisation into key strategic products for the EU. BIOKET is dedicated to bio-based solutions and processes, tackling technological, economic and environmental challenges of the bioeconomy. The fair focuses on innovation in processes for biomass conversion using emerging technologies, minimizing waste production and optimizing economics. Know more The European project VALUEWASTE (Grant Agreement No. 818312) proposes an integrated approach in urban biowaste upcycling to produce added-value end products in a [...]

By |March 25th, 2022|Categories: Innovarum in action, News: Innovarum Projects|Tags: |

What you need to know about the EU Soil Strategy and its relevance for the agrifood sector

Experts have been warning about this for a long time already: Europe is losing its soil. According to the European Environment Agency, erosion, construction and pollution have degraded 60% to 70% of the “live” layer of our soil: a layer 15 to 25cm wide, found just below the earth´s surface that hosts 25% of the planet biodiversity, providing food, biomass and raw materials and regulating water and carbon cycles – in other words, a key resource to fight climate challenge. Soil degradation hampers ecosystems´ ability to produce raw materials and generates irreversible loses: it takes years to form just [...]

By |February 28th, 2022|Categories: News: Bioeconomy & Agrifood sector|
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