In the belly, not in the trash – reducing food waste in processing and consumption towards sustainable food systems

WHAT CAN YOU APPLY FOR?

Projects developing solutions for reducing food waste by changing behaviour at the consumer level, as well as new techniques, methods or instruments promoting a more efficient use of resources, waste and by-products in food processing and consumption. Only projects that explicitly deal with food waste related to processing and consumption are eligible for funding in this call, thus not projects dealing with primary production.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Companies; organisations; researchers with a doctoral degree working in a company (not a sole proprietorship), Swedish universities or research institutes that meet Formas’ requirements for administrating organisations.

HOW MUCH CAN YOU APPLY FOR?

You can apply for funding for research projects for a maximum of 3 years and a total of (maximum) 6 million SEK.

Future: Open for applying: 2023-03-15 14:00
Last day of application: 2023-05-16 14:00

The dates for the call are preliminary and are subject to change. The content will be further developed and finalised when the call opens.

Purpose of the call

Formas is looking for projects that develop solutions for reducing food waste by changing behaviours and attitudes at the consumer level, as well as new techniques, methods or instruments promoting a more efficient use of resources, wastes and by-products in food processing and consumption. Only projects explicitly dealing with food waste related to processing and consumption are eligible for funding in this call, thus not projects dealing with primary production.

Formas encourages cross- and multi-disciplinary scientific approaches if relevant and applicable to the chosen topic. In this call, companies and other organisations that meet requirements as an administrating organization are welcomed as applicants. Please be aware that state aid rules do apply.

Only multi-party applications, that include at least one research performing organisation and at least one needs owner (business sector, public sector, interest organisation or authority) can receive funding.

Projects may have a duration of up to 3 years. The maximum budget per project is 6 million SEK.

Scope

  • The call focuses on the food processing and consumption sections of the food system. Consumption relates here to both private households, restaurants and public catering (e.g. schools or elderly care). Issues related to circularity and resource flows in primary production are outside the scope of this call.
  • Formas is looking for projects focusing on developing solutions to reduce food waste in food processing and consumption, but also addressing issues related to instruments, policies and regulations.
  • Behavioural and attitude changes related to food waste.
  • Focus shall be put on developing solutions and innovations that contribute to reducing food waste.
  • Measuring food waste lies outside of the scope of this call, as extensive research is currently performed on that issue.

Application and call text

More information available soon.

Contact information

Updated:28 December 2022