Future-proofing the European food systems through Research & Innovation

FIT4FOOD2030 aims to support the European Commission (EC) in the development and implementation of the FOOD 2030 policy framework and its action plan. Therefore, the overall objective of the project is to transform the Research and Innovation (R&I) system by providing a network and tools for the improvement of the food system through a systemic and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) approach and Open Science (OSc). For this purpose, it will be established a sustainable platform that will mobilize a wide variety of stakeholders at the level of cities, regions, countries and Europe.

The R&I system plays a crucial role in the resolution of the current and persistent challenges. For this reason, the FOOD 2030 policy framework, based in part on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, shows that the R&I system is the tool for the transformative change of food systems so as to make them 'future-proof' (i.e. sustainable, resilient, responsible, diverse, competitive and inclusive). This transformation will be achieved with systemic and RRI approach that will foster the transformation of the current or future R&I system in order to have greater social impact.


The overall aim of FIT4FOOD2030 is to establish a sustainable, balanced, multi-stakeholder, multi-level platform – called the FOOD2030 Platform – that will support the EC to further develop and implement the FOOD 2030 policy framework and its action plan.

The FOOD2030 Platform will have the character of a transformation network that will facilitate mutual learning and information flow.

This platform integrates three interlinked structures:

  • An ‘EU Think Tank’ that acts as a linking pin between the EC and Member States.
  • ‘Policy Labs’ that mobilize stakeholders in order to align R&I policies and investment schemes
  • ‘City Labs’ that develop transformative networks with an RR and systemic approach and facilitate mutual learning between the actors that may be implicated in the decisions taking place within the R&I system.

These structures interact regularly, exchanging information (for example on trends in the food system, regulatory frameworks of the R&I system, good practices or disruptive R&I lines) and planning and executing actions to support the policy framework FOOD 2030.

What’s the role of the Living Lab for Health?

The Living Lab for Health works at City Lab level and has been focused on the creation of a multi-actor Transformative Network with a systemic and RRI approach, named Fit4Food Catalonia. This Network focuses its work on the challenge of "Promoting Healthy and Sustainable Diets" to help to solve complex and persistent problems such as the increasing incidence of noncommunicable diseases or malnutrition, among others. For this purpose, it is intended to:

  • Stimulate the improvement of processes, products, policies and services in order to be developed in a more open and inclusive way, and try to respond better to the needs of the different social actors.
  • Promote the integration of knowledge between different academic disciplines and other actors, including citizens and those from the different stages of the value chain.
  • Identify unmet needs for omptimizing agendas to ensure they include high-impact research and innovation actions and projects with a broad consensus.
  • Work at local and regional level, in coordination with entities that work at national and European level including the European Commission - supporting the FOOD 2030 strategy.

To achieve these objectives, during September 2018 was organised in CosmoCaixa and in "Departament d'Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca i Alimentació de la Generalitat de Catalunya", the 1st Cycle of Workshops Fit4Food Catalonia. The purpose of the 4 workshops that were organized was the elaboration of an R&I Agenda on Healthy and Sustainable Diets that will help to define future policies for the transformation of the R&I system.

Under the challenge of Healthy and Sustainable Diets, this agenda incorporates different missions, R&I programs for each mission, shared visions among the participants, R&I lines as examples for each program and complementary information from the project.

Approximately 60 food-related professionals from the scientific community, industry, education and civil society organizations participated, together with policy-makers.

To continue with this first phase, during 2019, the Living Lab for Health will organize a dialogue meeting to prioritize the missions that will be worked and the 2nd Cycle of Workshops Fit4Food Catalonia will start. During this cycle, participants will identify opportunities for research and innovation projects to be implemented in order to achieve the missions from the Agenda, while analyzing the needed competencies for the transformation of the system and developing educational interventions to foster this transition.

Further information

To receive more detailed information, please write an email to or visit the project website:

FIT4FOOD2030 has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement no. 774088.

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