The SUSFOOD2 ERA-Net Cofund started in January 2017 with 26 partners from 15 EU member states or 3rd countries which joined the SUSFOOD2 consortium and is coordinated by Nikola Hassan and Frank Hensgen from PTJ Juelich, Germany.

The SUSFOOD ERA-Net was built on and accelerated the work of the SCAR (Standing Committee on Agricultural Research) Collaborative Working Group that was launched in Denmark in 2010.​

In 2011, a first SUSFOOD ERA-NET was developed under the EU 7th Framework Program (FP7) and consisted of a durable focused network of national research funders in Member and Associated States of the EU. In SUSFOOD, 25 partners from 16 Countries were active, coordinated by INRA, France. ​

The purpose of the first SUSFOOD was to share information, coordinate activities and work towards a common research agenda and mutual research funding activities in the field of sustainable food production and consumption. During this ERA-Net, a Strategic Research Agenda was developed to identify eight priority research areas. These were used to determine the topics of the two Joint calls that were initiated between 2011 - 2014.​

For information sharing and mapping van research, an online database called the Meta Knowledge Base or MKB, was developed. The results thereof were summarized in the SUSFOOD Country report (see publications). ​

After it's ending in 2014, the SUSFOOD partners continued the network. ​

In January 2017, the network continued officially as an H2020 ERA-NET COFUND under the name SUSFOOD2. SUSFOOD2 consists of 26 partners from 15 EU Member states or 3rd countries, coordinated by Juelich, Germany. This ERA-NET COFUND will run for 5 years and its first action was the launch of a Joint cofunded call in its first month.


Partners Who is involved

Germany (Coordinator)

Research Centre Juelich

Nikola Hassan,

Frank Hensgen,


Institute for Agricultural, Fisheries and Food Research (ILVO)

Marijke Hunninck, Hendrik De Ruyck


Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship / Hermes Funds (VLAIO)

Marianne Claessens, Kirezi Kanobana


Ministry of Rural Affairs (MEM)

Gret-Kristel Mällo


Natural resources institute Finland (LUKE)

Susanna Rokka


Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MMM)

Suvi Ryynänen, Petri Koskela, Seija Ahonen-Siivola


The French Network of Food Technology Institutes (ACTIA)

Christophe Cotillon, Gemma Cornuau


The French National Research Agency (ANR)

Claude Yven, Maurice Héral


Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE)

Annika Fuchs, Elke Saggau


Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Andrea Noske, Klaus-Peter Michel


Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)

Hartmut Stalb, Nicloas Tinois


Federal Office for Agriculture and Food and The Marine (DAFM)

Noeleen McDonald


Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry and Tourism Policies (MIPAAF)

Elena Capolino, Annamaria Stella Marzetti, Serenella Puliga


Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR)

Gianluigi Consoli, Aldo Covello, Mauro Bertelletti, Yasmine Iollo


Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania (MOALIT)

Vilma Kraujalytė, Justina Vaišvilaitė


Research Council of Norway (RCN)

Kristin Dawes


Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI)

Adrian Asanica, Luciana Bratu


Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI)

Marina Sopeña


Institute for Business Competitiveness of Castilla y León (ICE)

Isabel Gobernado, Carmen Verdejo


The National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research & Technology (INIA)

Maria Isabel Gobernado Mitre


AEI State Research Agency

Justyna Chojnacka


The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS)

Henrik Pompeius

The Netherlands

Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (MIN LNV)

Evalien Valk


The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

Kirsten de Bruijn-Spoorendonk

The United Kingdom

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Victor Aguilera


General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policies (GDAR)

Ahmet Budaklier

Country Associated partner Who is involved
Belgium Flanders' Food Veerle Rijckaert, Inge Arents
New Zealand

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

Peter Bartlett