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Towards coordinated microbiome R&I activities in the food system to support (EU and) international bioeconomy goals

Project description

A better understanding of the microbiomes associated with the food system

In 2016, the European Commission launched the International Bioeconomy Forum (IBF). The aim of this multilateral platform was to connect European and global R&I partners to discuss and act on common challenges in the field of bioeconomy. Today, IBF is used as a platform to share ideas and experiences on bioeconomy policies, strategies and actions, fostering collaboration and joint activities. In this context, the EU-funded MicrobiomeSupport project will support the European Commission in implementing the IBF working group on ‘Food Systems Microbiome’. MicrobiomeSupport is tasked with establishing an international network of experts and stakeholders in the field of microbiome food system research. It will be one of the main proponents of implementing the EU’s FOOD 2030 strategy. It will integrate know how in plant, terrestrial, animal, human and aquatic microbiome research and innovation.


The proposed Coordination and Support Action (CSA) has the overall objective to establish an international network of experts and stakeholders in the field of microbiome food system research, elaborating microbiomes from various environments such as terrestrial, plant, aquatic, food and human/animal and assess their applicability and impact on the food system. MICROBIOMESUPPORT will follow the approach of food system and integrate actors and experts from all stages in this circular economy of food. The food system approach is part of the FOOD 2030 concept to promote a systems approach to research and innovation (R&I). MICROBIOMESUPPORT will be one of the key drivers to implement FOOD 2030 strategies, will facilitate multi-actor engagement to align, structure and boost R&I in microbiome and will support the European Commission by coordinating the activities, meetings, workshops and results from the International Bioeconomy Forum (IBF) working group ‘Food Systems Microbiome’. The main concept behind MICROBIOMESUPPORT IS to boost the bioeconomy and the FOOD 2030 strategy, by focusing on the new avenues generated by microbiome R&I efforts. MICROBIOMESUPPORT WILL have a main impact on the coordination of commonly defined R&I agendas which will be incorporated into regional, national, European but also global funding programmes related to microbiomes in food systems. MICROBIOMESUPPORT will create a collaborative international network and integrate know-how in plant, terrestrial, animal, human and aquatic microbiome R&I as well as expertise in bioeconomy applications. MICROBIOMESUPPORT has integrated international partners form Brazil, Canada, South Africa, China, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, India and USA in order to improve the international cooperation and coordination of common bioeconomy research programmes and set a basis for common microbiome R&I agendas.

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Net EU contribution
€ 959 845,00
1210 Wien

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Ostösterreich Wien Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 1 029 845,00

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