Boosting trust, transparency and responsibility in the food system through digital solutions

The main objective of DRG4Food Open Call #1
is to enable the development and testing of responsible
data-driven solutions in the food sector’s key areas:
food tracking, targeted nutrition, and enhancing
food decisions.

About Us

The heart of the DRG4Food project beats for responsible data-driven solutions that empower people, champion data rights, and drive the creation of sustainable food systems. Our focus is on catalyzing data-driven innovation in the food industry, all while staying aligned with Digital Responsibility Goals and principles.

Facts & figures


Open Calls


Funding Available

for Open Call #1


Maximum Budget
per Pilot Project


Expected No. of Pilot

Who is it for?

The open call invites multidisciplinary consortia comprising 2-3 entities, including startups, SMEs, research organizations, universities, technology adopters, and users in the food sector, with a focus on NGOs and consumer associations. Consortia must demonstrate the capacity to develop data-driven solutions aligned with Digital Responsibility Goals and actively engage with end-users to shape technical requirements and improve pilot activities. Specific consortium conditions are in place.

The Consortium

DRG4Food – Open Call #1 seeks to support projects developed by a consortium consisting of 2 to 3 partners,

> Micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), including startups, developing data-driven solutions in the areas of Food Tracking, Targeted Nutrition, and Consumers’ Food Choices.
> Research and technology organisations (RTOs) and universities, and other non-profit research organizations, working on advancing the state-of-the-art and addressing challenges—rooted in principles such as openness, user-centricity, sovereignty, and trust

Together, they must demonstrate their ability to engage users and contribute to the central mission of advancing digital transformation and data-driven innovation, with a particular emphasis on data rights and Digital Responsibility Goals. This is achieved through concise research cycles aimed at identifying and nurturing the most promising ideas.

Funding & Budget

The budget per experiment can range from €150,000 to €300,000, and financial support is divided between starting and advanced grants, taking into account factors such as duration, TRL level from start to end of the pilot, and travel requirements.

Proposals must meet specific Technology Readiness Level (TRL) criteria. The TRL level at the time of submission should be a minimum of 4 or 5, and the proposed technology should have the potential to advance to TRL 7.

Program Roadmap

Our program spans 6 to 12 months and is designed in a hybrid format, combining on-site activities and online sessions. The program is tailored to each pilot project, and the curriculum includes lectures, workshops, personalized expert mentoring and group coaching. Each pilot project is assigned an end-to-end Mentor to guide them through the program, set goals and track progress.

The program is structured in sprints covering 5 key areas: Data Rights and Digital Responsibility for the food sector, product development and service design, business development & partner cooperation, fundraising, soft skills and events.

Phase 1
Setting up and planning for a trustworthy data-driven food system
Phase 2
Digital responsibility-driven innovation, research and piloting
Phase 3
Scaling up – Bring your digital solution to market

Key Dates

April – May 2024
Call #2 opening & applications submission
June – August 2024
Evaluation, selection & contracting
September 2024
Program start

Open Call Now Closed!

Mark your calendars for DRG4FOOD accelerator: your chance
to level up and drive positive impact in the food industry!

Find Your Ideal Project Partner:
Register for DRG4Food

Looking for the perfect consortium partner for your project?

Register for DRG4Food’s matchmaking service where we link startups and SMEs
with leading researchers and end users for Open Call #2.