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

The main objective of DRG4Food Open Call #2
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


Financing Rate


Funding Available

for Open Call #2


Maximum Budget
per Pilot Project


Expected No. of Pilot

Who is it for?

The open call welcomes multidisciplinary consortia of 2-3 entities, including startups, SMEs, research organizations, universities, technology adopters, and users in the food sector, particularly NGOs and consumer associations. Each consortium must consist of 2 to 3 partners from at least two different countries, with one partner required to be from an EU member state. Consortia are expected to demonstrate the ability to develop data-driven solutions that align with Digital Responsibility Goals and actively involve end-users in defining technical requirements and enhancing pilot project activities. Specific conditions for consortium participation apply.

The Consortium

DRG4Food – Open Call #2 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 solutions.

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 evaluation criteria such as technology excellence and innovation, data responsibility, transparency, and alignment with DRGs, business viability, scalability, and impact, consortium capability, team qualifications, and resource allocation

Proposals must meet specific Technology Readiness Level (TRL) criteria. The TRL level at the time of submission should be a minimum of 3 or 4, and the proposed technology should have the potential to advance to TRL 7.

Program Roadmap

Our program spans 9 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 22 – Jun 21 2024
Call #2 opening & applications submission
June – August 2024
Evaluation, selection & contracting
September 2024
Program start

Open Call #2 begins on April 22!

Mark your calendars for DRG4FOOD business and technical support program:
your chance to level up and drive positive impact in the food industry!

DRGs & Toolbox

Support material and documentation to apply

To submit your proposal for DRG4food Open Call #2, it is advisable to thoroughly review all relevant documentation.

Information about the open call, rules for participation, the evaluation process, funding scheme and general information on how to prepare and submit a proposal.
Template with the guidelines on the sections and information that must be included in the proposal. This annex is mandatory and must be submitted with the proposal.
This annex should be completed by each individual consortium representative, confirming their acceptance of all specified conditions..
This annex declares that conditions are accepted by the consortium.
This annex must be filled and provided by all SME applicants, which evaluates the status of the SME.
The contract to be signed between winning pilots and DRG4Food. 
(For reference only) Template that will collect information about the back to which payments will be made.

All proposals for DRG4Food Open Call #2 must be submitted through the dedicated DRG4Food page on the F6S platform.

Register for DRG4Food
Matchmaking Service

Looking for the perfect consortium partner for your project?

Please complete the form below for DRG4Food’s matchmaking service.

Just provide some basic details about the types of organizations you are interested in collaborating with and the areas of expertise you need.

We’ll reach out if we find a potential match!