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SC2 Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the bioeconomy

Information about the SC2 Work Programme

The Work Programme 2018 – 2020 for Societal Challenge 2: Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy is divided into four calls:

  1. Sustainable Food Security
  2. Blue Growth
  3. Rural Renaissance
  4. Food and Natural Resources

Deadline for 2020 topics is 22 January

The Work Porgramme For 2018 - 2020 was adopted on July2nd 2019 and can be downloaded here. More information about the calls and practical information can be found in the presentations given at the Societal Challenge 2 Info Day and Brokerage Event which took place in Brussels on 3 - 4 July 2019.

1. Sustainable Food Security (SFS)

Topics under this call will support research and innovation in relation to Food and Nutrition Security in Europe and beyond

Topics under the SFS call aims to

  • deliver diverse and healthy food from land and sea
  • increase resource efficiency and environmental performance of food systems from primary production to consumers
  • understand the impact of climate change on agriculture, resources, food quality and identify options to manage its effects
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions and emissions of air pollutants from land use and food production taking into account main drivers such as inputs and consumption patterns

2. Blue Growth

Topics under Blue Growth aims at sustainable harvesting the potential of resources from seas, oceans and inland waters for different uses and across the range of marine and maritime industries, while protecting biodiversity and enhancing climate resilience. It supprots sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors through a responsible management of marine resources for healthy, productive, safe, secure and resilient seas and oceans, which are essential for thriving ecosystems, climate regulation, global food security, human healt, livelihoods and economics.

3. Rural Renaissance

Topics under Rural Renaissance will enhance the natural, social, cultural and economic potential of rural areas and support policy coherence. It will boost economic development, ecosystem services and entrepreneurial innovation. This will be achieved by building on diversification and modernisation strategies, improving governance models, supporting innovative food and non-food value chains, and capitalising on local assets, including human natural and cultural capital.

4. Food and Natural Resources

The Food and Natural Resources call bridges towards the next European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

The FNR call aims to

  • sustainably manage and use natural resources from land and sea
  • ensure food and nutrition security, providing safe, healthy and nutritious diets
  • accelerate the transistion from fossil-based linear economy to a low emission, low-carbon circular economy and sustainabl bio-based economy