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Building Europe Knowledge. From the 6 th to the 7 th RTD Framework Programme in Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food Budapest 12 May 2005. Dr. Christian Patermann Director Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food Research European Commission, DG Research. FP6 “Food Quality and Safety”.

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Building Europe Knowledge

From the 6th to the 7th RTD Framework Programmein Biotechnology, Agriculture and FoodBudapest 12 May 2005

Dr. Christian Patermann

Director Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food Research

European Commission, DG Research

fp6 food quality and safety
FP6“Food Quality and Safety”

Eight areas in the Workprogramme:

  • Total food chain
  • Epidemiology of food-related diseases and allergies
  • Impact of food on health
  • Traceability processes along the production chain
  • Methods of analysis, detection and control
  • Safer and environmentally friendly production methods and technologies and healthier food stuffs
  • Impact of animal feed on human health
  • Environmental health risks
food quality and safety call 4

Nutrient status

Coeliac disease

Pork quality

Beef safety

Unintended microorganisms

Emerging traceability technologies

Quality & safety control strategies

Milk and dairy

Food intake

Health and well-being of Consumer





Safe, high-quality foods



Crop pest control

Waste management

E. coli research

Soil microbes for fertilizer reduction

Poultry cage systems

Feed safety control

Plant composition analysis

Processing for nutrition & environment

TSE inactivation

Dental disease prevention

Environmental factors

Asthma & allergy causes

Disinfection by-products

Pathogens in drinking water

Food Quality and SafetyCall 4
specific programmes

FP7 2007 - 2013

Specific Programmes

Cooperation – Collaborative research

Ideas – Frontier Research

People – Human Potential

Capacities – Research Capacity


JRC (non-nuclear)

JRC (nuclear)



Cooperation – Collaborative research

9 Thematic Priorities

  • Health
  • Food, agriculture and biotechnology
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies
  • Energy
  • Environment (including climate change)
  • Transport (including aeronautics)
  • Socio-economic sciences and the humanities
  • Security and space

+ Euratom: Fusion energy research, nuclear fission and radiation protection


2. Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology

Sustainable production and management of biological resources

from land, forest, and aquatic environments

“Fork to farm”: Food, health and well being

Life sciences and biotechnology for sustainable

non-food products and processes

food agriculture and biotechnology research objectives
Food, agriculture and biotechnology research:Objectives
  • Build a European Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy (KBBE)
  • Respond to social and economic challenges:
    • High quality food and sustainable food production
    • Food-related disorders (cardiovascular, obesity …)
    • Infectious animal diseases and zoonoses
    • Sustainable agriculture/fishery and climate change
    • Clean biomaterials from renewable bio-resources
  • Involve all stakeholders (incl. industry) in research
  • Support CAP and CFP
  • Respond quickly to emerging research needs
food agriculture and biotechnology research rationale
Food, agriculture and biotechnology research:Rationale
  • Biotechnology and food companies / SMEs need to be competitive on the world market (‘European Strategy on Life Sciences and Biotechnology’)
  • Society demands safer and healthier food
  • Renewable resources and biomass for non-food applications helps reducing dependence on hydrocarbon-based economy
  • Society demands sustainable and eco-efficient production methods in agriculture/fishery/forestry
  • International cooperation ensures optimal exploitation of resources and application of results







sciences &

biotechnology for

sustainable non-

food products +


“Fork to Farm”Food, health and well-being










Sustainable production and management of biological resources from

land, forest, and aquatic environments

1) Sustainable production and management of biological resources from land, forest, and aquatic environment


  • Enabling research (‘omics’, converging technologies, biodiversity) for micro-organism, plants and animals
  • Improved crops and production systems incl. organic farming
  • Sustainable, competitive and multifunctional agriculture, forestry and rural development
  • Animal welfare, breeding and production
  • Infectious diseases in animals, including zoonoses
  • Policy tools for agriculture and rural development
2 fork to farm food health and well being
2) “Fork to farm”: Food, health and well being


  • Consumer, societal, industrial and health aspects of food and feed
  • Nutrition, diet related diseases and disorders
  • Innovative food and feed processing
  • Improved quality and safety of food, beverage and feed
  • Total food chain concept
  • Traceability
3 life sciences and biotechnology for sustainable non food products and processes
3) Life sciences and biotechnology for sustainable non-food products and processes


  • Improved crops, feed-stocks, marine products and biomass for energy, environment, and high added value industrial products; novel farming systems
  • Bio-catalysis; new bio-refinery concepts
  • Forestry and forest based products and processes
  • Environmental remediation and cleaner processing
food agriculture and biotechnology research what s new
Food, agriculture and biotechnology research:What’s new!
  • Pillar 2 “Food, health and well-being” ensures continuity of FP6 “Food quality and safety” research
  • New: Pillar 1 “Sustainable production and management of biological resources” and pillar 3 “Life sciences and biotech for sustainable non-food products and processes”
  • Some topics under pillar 1&3 partly financed in FP4 and FP5 (BIOTECH, FAIR, QoL, etc.), but FP6 efforts scattered and not of sufficient critical mass (some activities under materials, energy and environment) providing no synergies
  • Technology platforms in the area of plant biotechnology, animal breeding, global animal health, forestry, food and industrial biotechnology
food agriculture and biotechnology research borderline with other fp7 themes
Food, agriculture and biotechnology research:Borderline with other FP7 themes
  • Enabling/systems biology research on plants, animals and microbes complementary to systems biology for human health applications in theme 1.
  • Complementary research relating to the management/conservation of natural resources addressed under the “Environment including Climate Change” theme.
  • Demonstration of bioprocesses for biomass conversion to energy/materials under this priority – up-scaling and complete process design under materials and energy themes
food agriculture and biotechnology research nest policy support international cooperation
Food, agriculture and biotechnology research:NEST; policy support; international cooperation

New activities within the themes:

  • Integration of new and emerging science and technologies
  • Support to policy development (CAP, CPF, public health, food safety, animal health, …)
  • International co-operation

… to be defined on the level of the specific programme or workprogramme


1. Health

Biotechnology, generic tools and technologies for human health

Translating research for human health

Optimising the delivery of healthcare to European citizens

More on health


3. Information and Communication


ICT Technology Pillars

Integration of Technologies

Applications Research

Future and Emerging Technologies


4. Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials

and new Production Technologies

Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies


New Production

Integration of technologies for industrial applications


Hydrogen and fuel cells

Renewable electricity generation

Renewable fuel production

Renewables for heating and cooling

CO2 capture and storage technologies for zero emission power generation

Clean coal technologies

Smart energy networks

Energy efficiency andsavings

Knowledge for energy policy making

5. Energy


6. Environment (inc. climate change)

Climate change, pollution and risks

Sustainable Management of Resources

Environmental Technologies

Earth observation and assessment tools


7. Transport (inc. Aeronautics)

Aeronautics and air transport

Surface transport (rail, road and waterborne)

Support to the European global satellite navigation system (Galileo)


Growth, employment and competitiveness in a knowledge society

Combining economic, social and environmental

objectives in a European perspective

Major trends in society and their implications

Europe in the world

The citizen in the European Union

Socio-economic and scientific indicators

Foresight activities

8. Socio-Economic Sciences

and the Humanities


Protection against terrorism and crime

Space-based applications at the

service of the European Society

Security of infrastructures and utilities

Border security

Exploration of space

Restoring security in case of crisis

Security systems integration

and interoperability

RTD for strengthening

space foundations

Security and society

Security Research Coordination

and structuring

9. Security and Space


Cooperation – Collaborative research

  • Under each theme there will be sufficient flexibility to address both Emerging needsand Unforeseen policy needs
  • Dissemination of knowledge and transfer of results will be supported in all thematic areas
  • Support will be implemented across all themes through:

Collaborative research

(Collaborative projects; Networks of Excellence; Coordination/support actions)

Joint Technology Initiatives

Coordination of non-Community research programmes

(ERA-NET; ERA-NET+; Article 169)

International Cooperation

joint technology initiatives
Joint Technology Initiatives

Global Monitoring

for Environment

and Security


and Fuel Cells for a

Sustainable Energy


Aeronautics and

Air Transport

Towards new



Innovative Medicines

for the Citizens

of Europe

Embedded systems

Other possible themes to be identified later…


Ideas – Frontier Research

ERC – European Research Council


Scientific Council*

  • Preparation of work programme
  • Set up of peer review: pool of reviewers, nomination of review panels, evaluation guidelines
  • Oversight of the evaluation procedure
  • Annual scientific report
  • Approval of work programme, as defined by the Scientific Council
  • Instruction to implement work programme
  • Approval of annual implementation report
  • Information to programme committee

Externalised tasks**

  • Information and support to applicants
  • Reception / eligibility of proposals
  • Organisation and execution of evaluation
  • Selection decision
  • Scientific and financial follow-up of contracts
  • Annual implementation report

* Created by Commission decision

* * Under the responsibility of the Commission


Initial training of researchers

Marie Curie Networks

Life-long training and career development

Individual Fellowships

Co-financing of regional/national/international programmes

Industry-academia pathways and partnerships

Industry-Academia Scheme

International dimension

Outgoing International Fellowships; Incoming International Fellowships

International Cooperation Scheme; Reintegration grants

Specific actions

Excellence awards

People– Human Potential


Capacities – Research Capacity

  • Research Infrastructures
  • Research for the benefit of SMEs
  • Regions of Knowledge
  • Research Potential
  • Science in Society
  • Activities of International Cooperation
the instruments 1
The instruments (1)

1) To support actions which are implemented on the basis of calls for proposals:

  • Collaborative projects
  • Networks of Excellence
  • Coordination/support actions
  • Individual projects
  • Fellowships
  • Research projects for third parties (i.a. SMEs)
the instruments 2
The instruments (2)

2) To support actions implemented directly on the basis of decisions by the Council and the European Parliament:

  • Art. 169
  • Joint Technology Initiatives
  • Development of new infrastructures of European interest
roadmap for fp7
Roadmap for FP7


6 April Commission - Adoption of FP7 proposals

September Commission - Proposals on SPs and Rules for participation and dissemination

November Commission - Proposals under Articles 169 and/or 171

December EP - 1st reading on EC FP. Opinion on Euratom FP


January Council - Common position on EC FP

March EP - 2nd reading

April EP - Opinion on the Specific Programmes

June Council - Adoption of FP and Rules (earliest)

July Council and EP - Adoption of FP and Rules for participation

July Council - Adoption of the SPs

Oct Commission - Adoption of Work programmes and necessary materials

Nov Commission - Publication of 1st calls


Further Information


FP6 calls for proposals:

Research and Innovation on the Europa server:

DG Research:

Biosociety Website:

health research


  • Improving the health of European citizens
  • Increasing the competitiveness of European health-related industries and businesses
  • Addressing global health issues including emerging epidemics
health research1

Rationale (I):

  • Sequencing of human genome and recent advances in post-genomics  vast amounts of data
  • Translational research (translation of basic discoveries in clinical applications)  to combat diseases of global importance
  • Clinical research  international multi-centre trials
  • Health policy-driven research  comparisons of the national models & data
health research2

Rationale (II):

  • Strong EU-based biomedical and research  to strengthen the competitiveness of large industries (pharma) as well as SMEs (healthcare biotech & medical technology)
  • Child health and the health of the ageing population  strategic issues across activities
  • European Technology Platform on Innovative Medicines  to remove bottlenecks hampering the efficiency of the development of new medicines and where research is the key
health research3


  • Biotechnology, generic tools and technologies for human health
  • Translating research for human health
  • Optimising the delivery of health care to European citizens
health research4

Biotechnology, generic tools and technologies for human health

  • High-throughput research
  • Detection, diagnosis and monitoring.
  • Predicting suitability, safety and efficacy of therapies (incl. alternatives to animal testing)
  • Innovative therapeutic approaches and intervention
health research5

Translating research for human health

  • Integrating biological data and processes: large-scale data gathering, systems biology
  • Research on the brain and related diseases, human development and ageing
  • Translational research in infectious diseases (incl. HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, SARS, etc.)
  • Translational research in major diseases: cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes/obesity; rare diseases; and other chronic diseases (e.g. osteoarthritis).
health research6

Optimising the delivery of health care to European citizens

  • Translating clinical outcome into clinical practice
  • Quality, efficiency and solidarity of health systems including transitional health systems (i.e. health systems that are currently under a reform process)
  • Enhanced disease prevention and better use of medicines
  • Appropriate use of new health therapies and technologies

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