The Single Market Programme (SMP) covers the single market, competitiveness of enterprises, including small and medium-sized enterprises, the area of plants, animals, food and feed, and European statistics. Specifically, the programme brings together aspects in order to streamline, exploit synergies and provide a better flexible, transparent, simplified and agile framework to finance activities aiming at a well-functioning sustainable internal market.
This call for proposals aims to support stakeholders to improve measurement of food waste and help implement food waste prevention in their operations and organisations.
This call concretely targets the hospitality and food services sector. The European Commission is particularly looking for solutions and technologies that are ready to be implemented by SMEs since they are the main economic operators in this sector. Such solutions and technologies should be ready for implementation, in close-to market conditions, at industrial or commercial scale, during the duration of the project.
The programme provides action grants for pilot and demonstration projects in particular projects which develop, test and demonstrate innovative approaches to prevent and reduce food waste (relating to e.g. organisation, management, intersectoral cooperation etc.), including both social and technological innovations. Project proposals should include an initial food waste diagnosis to understand the extent of the issue and should integrate food waste measurement as part of the assessment of the effectiveness of the food waste prevention initiatives proposed.
Project budgets (EU contribution) are expected to range between €100,000 and €300,000 per project, but this does not preclude the submission/selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rate fixed in the Grant Agreement and will be 50%.
The sector includes several key sub-domains, such as restaurants, hotels and catering services (health care, education, canteens, transportation etc.), in both public and private sectors.
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must: