Climate change and food safety: effects of climate change on food safety across food systems


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Horizon Europe (2021-2027)

Programme Description

Horizon Europe is the European Union (EU) funding programme for the period 2021 – 2027, which targets the sectors of research and innovation. The programme’s budget is around € 95.5 billion, of which € 5.4 billion is from NextGenerationEU to stimulate recovery and strengthen the EU’s resilience in the future, and € 4.5 billion is additional aid.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



Climate change and food safety: effects of climate change on food safety across food systems


The successful proposal will support R&I to foster advances in research related to integrated approaches along the food system for detecting, assessing, and mitigating food safety risks influenced by climate change.

This topic is focused on the effects of climate change on food safety across food systems.

Detailed Call Description

Proposals should contribute to all of the following aspects:

  • Anticipate, including through modelling, how climate change may affect food safety in Europe and in particular by increasing the potential for the emergence/re-emergence of new hazards and the changes in exposures and risks;
  • Propose methods to monitor the impact of climate change on food safety across food systems and their main critical areas. Explore how climate change could impact risk assessment methods and understand how risk assessment methodologies may need to evolve to meet new climate changed related challenges;
  • Analyse the effect of climate change (extreme temperatures, etc.) and its impact with respect to: existing food safety hazards throughout the entire food supply chain (from farm to fork), and risk factors including the appearance of (re)emerging hazards.
  • European regions should participate as “demonstrators” areas facilitating research and innovation under different climate conditions;
  • Proposals should also foresee the involvement of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as part of the future action once the project starts.

In addition proposals are encouraged to:

  • Increase the use of big data and/or artificial intelligence to elucidate the complex interactions between climate change and food safety. Proposals are expected to develop models to understand these interactions experimented and analysed for their replication potential. Proposals might build on existing and new knowledge, data, and models exploiting the full potential of big data and/or artificial intelligence;
  • Explore, map and propose funding synergies strategies among European, national and regional programmes and instruments under this scope in a long-term vision;
  • Connect research and innovation activities in this topic with start-ups ecosystems.

Call Total Budget

€8.00 million

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan


EU Contribution per project: €4.00 million

Thematic Categories

  • Agriculture - Food
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Other Services
  • Other Thematic Category
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • Educational Institutions
  • Large Enterprises
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Other Beneficiaries
  • Parliamentary Bodies
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

Proposals must implement the ‘multi-actor approach’ and ensure adequate involvement of academia, research-technology organizations, food businesses and other relevant actors of the value chain.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Research and Innovation Foundation

29a Andrea Michalakopoulou, 1075 Nicosia,
P.B. 23422, 1683 Nicosia
Telephone: +357 22205000
Fax: +357 22205001

Contact Persons:
Marcia Trillidou
Scientific Officer A’

Dr. Mary Economou
Scientific Officer

EU Contact Point

European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation