Selection of hosting sites and fellows for EU-FORA (European Food Risk Assessment) Fellowship Programme


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

Programme Description

Build the European food safety knowledge ecosystem, ensuring safe food as the basis for healthy diets and sustainable food systems.

Programme Details

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Selection of hosting sites and fellows for EU-FORA (European Food Risk Assessment) Fellowship Programme


This call is focuaed on the selection of hosting sites and fellows for EU-FORA.

The specific objectives of this call are to:

  • select fellow hosting sites for the training of one or more fellows, for a period of 12 months; and
  • select fellows as proposed by their institutions of origin. Specifically, the call seeks to identify consortia of hosting sites and fellow sending organisations.

Detailed Call Description

The EU-FORA programme will establish a regular 12-month learning-by-doing fellowship, the objectives of which are to:

  • attract and motivate mid-career professionals to become risk assessors, thus increasing the pool of experts available in Europe;
  • intensify exchange and cooperation among national food safety agencies and EFSA, hence stimulating the involvement of MS in regulatory risk assessment work;
  • contribute to harmonising and further developing food safety risk assessment practices and methodologies across Europe, with the aim of building a common EU culture for risk assessment.

The main focus of the EU-FORA fellowship programme will be targeted to activities falling within EFSA’s remit, so as to attract professionals from relevant fields such as: agriculture, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, biometrics, biotechnology, chemistry, dietary exposure, environmental sciences, epidemiology, food science, food technology, genetics, health and food safety, human medicine, life sciences, mathematics, microbiology, molecular biology, natural sciences, nutrition, pharmacy, public health, statistics, toxicology, veterinary medicine or related areas.

Specifically, the call seeks to identify consortia of hosting sites and fellow sending organisations, both of which must be competent organisations under Art. 36 of the EFSA Founding Regulation.

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

The total amount per grant (for each fellow) is €55.000.
This amount is intended to support all costs of both the fellow sending organisation and the hosting site.

EFSA intends to fund proposals for the placement of 15 fellows.

Thematic Categories

  • Agriculture - Food
  • Education and training
  • Health
  • Other Services
  • Other Thematic Category
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation
  • Rural development
  • Social Affairs & Human Rights
  • Trade and Commerce

Eligibility for Participation

  • Farmers Unions
  • International Organisations
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Other Beneficiaries
  • Private Bodies
  • Producer Associations
  • Semi-governmental organisations
  • State-owned Enterprises
  • Training Centres

Eligibility For Participation Notes

Applicants (coordinator and partner in the consortium) must be included in the Article 36 list of eligible organisations. Applications made by consortium in which partners are not on the Article 36 list will be excluded.

Proposals submitted by consortium:

  • the Applicant submits the proposal to EFSA on behalf of the consortium. The applicant is the leading entity of the consortium and the hosting site, in charge of the working programme and training of the fellow. There can be only one applicant per application.
  • The Partner is the other entity in the consortium and the fellow sending organisation, in charge of the identification of the staff member to be trained under the proposal. There can only be one partner per application. Once the grant is awarded, the grant agreement is signed between EFSA and the applicant (leading entity of the consortium).

The proposal must be submitted by a consortium of 2 eligible organisations, from 2 different EU countries, Norway or Iceland. The applicant (consortium leader) is responsible for identifying consortium partners. The fellow hosting site will be the consortium leader (applicant) and will propose a work programme and be responsible of the training of the fellow. The other partner in the consortium is the fellow sending organisation and will propose a fellow to be trained under the proposal.

Applicants may search for a consortium partner through:

  • their designated Article 36 Organisation’s contact person having granted the access to the Article 36 Database and/or
  • their respective EFSA national Focal Point. EFSA national Focal Points have the role to support and facilitate the creation of consortia acting as a networking interface between national organisations (e.g. having access to EFSA databases of contacts, project ideas and other networking activities facilitating MS engagement in fields of EFSA’s remit, among others).

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