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Implemention Plan
Jan Maat
Chair Operational Committee
Core Challenges
1. Ensuring that consumers make the
healthy choice the easy choice
Training &
Technology Transfer
Food &
2. Delivering a (more) healthy diet
Quality &
Food Safety
3. Delivering value-added innovative
food products fulfilling consumer
requirements for superior product
quality, convenience, availability and
Food &
Food Production
4. Ensuring the production of safe foods
that consumers can trust
5. Achieving sustainable food production
Food Chain Management
6. Managing the Food Chain
7. Communication, Training &
Technology Transfer
Reflection on Achievements
ETP Food for Life launched July 2005 on basis of Vision Paper
Board, Operational Committee & Working Groups formed
Successful delivery of
– Stakeholder’s proposal of a Strategic Research Agenda (SSRA),
– Lead markets document
EU Recognition of the ETP program based on
– financial support through a Specific Support Action (SSA)
– presence of ETP-SSRA based topics in the FP 7 KBBE
Extensive national, regional and web consultations
– To ensure participants’ feedback on the SSRA,
– To develop plans for alignment / integration of national research
programs within transnational or European programmes
Successful creation of Networks, e.g. national food platforms
Groundrules of the ETP
ETP F4L is industry-led, yet based on the vision
shared by the stakeholders involved:
alignment & consensus important
Key enabler: responsible partnering / trust /
The Implementation Plan will be focused on selected
technology programs geared to increase
 define “portfolio” based on impact on
innovation vs budgets needed
The IP will catalyse the execution of the portfolio options through
indicating the priorities for Framework programs (theme & topic
definition, open calls)
stimulating the creation of ERANets (transnational collaboration;
gov’t driven) on Food, Nutrition & Health and Sustainable Food
Production/Food Chain Management (from info sharing  joint calls)
stimulating the creation of Eureka themes (industry driven)
stimulating the creation of public-private partnerships with
strategic program & project definition and execution
Identifying other “funding opportunities” (COST, European Institute of
Technology, European Investment Bank, Venture Capital)
Implementation (Action) Plan.
per working group define
The technological dimension
Likely cost of action
Building capacities
Co-operation with industry
Co-operation of National funding agencies
(The impact of legislation on competitiveness)
The technological dimension (5 yrs)
Analyse priorities and rank according to their importance to
open up market opportunities
For each research challenge (priority) define activities leading to
main deliverables
– projects, networks, demo’s, studies
Establish the relevance of the research to small, medium or
large enterprises. (high priority to the SME sector)
Develop a set of scenario studies to identify the major
challenges & opportunities to improve the efficiency and
effectiveness of the (Sustainable) Food Chain)
Likely cost of actions
establish the scale of the resources that are
necessary to make substantial progress in a 5-year
period (investments in 10, 20 or >50 m Euro)
define the likelihood that these resources could be
made available from existing investments (national,
EU) or not
define needs for specific training/education programs
Building capacities
WGs to consider
 need for ERA-Nets in areas of research defined as
high priority
other, e.g. large investments in infrastructure etc.:
– European Nutrition Research Council
– …..
Co-operation (with industry)
Establish willingness for collective industrial support for FP 7
proposals to be submitted under FP7
(Foster) Cross-disciplinary research centres: need for integration and
– initiatives such as Joint Technology Initiatives or public-private
partnerships of smaller scale that can be organised on a regional
– Develop libraries, databases, bio-banks, standardized protocols,
networks of facilities
– (Foster) prospective cohort studies (ex. EPIC-study)
– European stable isotope standard repository
– Standardized food tables
– Close interaction with European Bio-informatics Institute
(Define) topics of shared interest with other ETPs
(Define) topics in which SMEs have a collective interest
Co-operation of National funding
agencies / Formation of Mirror Group
The Mirror Group will comprise representatives from EU Member States
(funding agencies), European Commission (DGs Research, Sanco,
Innovation), COST, Eureka, ERA-NETs etc.
 Its role will be to facilitate and maximise co-ordination of ETPand nationally-funded activities and projects,
the Mirror Group can influence the Implementation Plan,
the Mirror Group can effectively interact with the ETP Board,
an inventory of the strategic research agendas of national funding
bodies can be conducted with a view to identifying overlaps and
duplications, leading to
steps taken to harmonise and integrate Member States’ support of
research in the agro-food sector.
Instalment of a task force to set-up the mirror group
Input needed!
Specific actions targeted at SMEs
assess the most effective activities to promote technology
uptake organised at a national, local level, and at the European
For Food, Nutrition & Health
 establish activities on Food, Nutrition & Health to the likely
benefit to the SME sector ;
 establish the barriers to smaller industries that prevent them
exploiting, innovation in the key health and welfare driver of the
ETP Food for Life
Task Force on smaller industry [SME and MSE] innovation
has been installed (chair:Andras Sebok)
Timeline overall
Public/private partnership workshop: Jan 2007
National Platform meeting: April 2007
Final SRA May 2007
Layman’s version of the SRA; idem
Establishment of Mirror Group:May/June 2007
Draft IP: June/July 2007 (B & OC meeting)
– includes SME action pan & Scenario studies
Stakeholder Consultation meeting Sept. 2007
Mirror Group/Board meeting: Oct. 2007
Final IP: Dec. 2007 (Potocnik)
What to expect from National
Think globally, act locally
Share the ETP vision
Contribute to the Strategic Research Agenda
Be part of the implementation plan: make it happen!
 Share your experiences and build on others
 Seek cooperation
 Identify the national representative (government) to
be member of the Mirror Group
Thank you

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