Agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, together with the bio-based industries, are integral parts of the European economy and society. Biological resources must be used in an optimal and renewable way, while food production must be sustainable and efficient, in order to reduce inputs, environmental impact and greenhouse gases, and waste. These sectors face significant challenges which require solutions based on research and innovation.
The objective of this Societal Challenge is therefore to accelerate the transition to a sustainable European bioeconomy, by bridging the gap between new technologies and their implementation. Applicants are invited to find solutions which will make positive changes to our society, economy and environment, using resources more efficiently.
The involvement of end users including farmers, fishers, consumers, public authorities (including at local and regional levels) and society at large will be a key to achieve this. In particular, several topics will involve a 'multi-actor approach' as foreseen in the Horizon 2020 Regulation.
The 2016-2017 Work Programme for Societal Challenge 2 is composed of four calls. Two highly cross-cutting calls on "Sustainable Food Security", on "Blue Growth" and a call on "Rural renaissance".
Sustainable Food Security: Resilient and resource-efficient value chains
Blue growth: Demonstrating an ocean of opportunities
Rural Renaissance: Fostering innovation and business opportunities
Bio-based innovation for sustainable goods and services - Supporting the development of a European Bioeconomy
This Work Programme also includes and SME instrument call, a Fast track to innovation pilot call, and Other Actions such as the Horizon Prize on food security, or funding for a Bioeconomy knowledge centre. A budget of about 775 million euros is reserved for this Challenge for 2016-2017.