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European Partnerships in food, bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture and environment

Details of European Partnerships under Horizon Europe. Partnership proposals, contact details, details of partners.

Partnerships in Horizon Europe

The aim of European Partnerships with EU and associated countries, the private sector, foundations and other stakeholders is to deliver on global challenges and modernise industry.

The initial list of candidate European Partnerships in Horizon Europe is found in Annex 7 of the Orientations towards the first Strategic Plan for Horizon Europe.

The following are the partnerships in the area of climate, energy and mobility.

Details of partnerships

European Partnership accelerating farming systems transition: agroecology living labs and research infrastructure
The partnership aims to structure and support a network of living labs and research infrastructures accelerating the transition towards agroecology throughout Europe. It will provide spaces for long-term, site-specific, multi-stakeholder and real-life experimentation, and deliver ready-to-adopt practices that support farmers in understanding and implementing agroecological practices at the scale needed for positive economic, environmental and social impacts.

By 2030, the ecosystem around agroecology will be better connected at EU level, knowledge of agroecological processes will boost uptake of agroecology by farmers and the environment and the social performance of farming will be improved.

Final partnership proposal (March 2022).


Commission services: Paola EulalioSusana Gaona Saez.

Partners: SCAR Strategic Working Group on Agroecology (SCAR-AE) – Nicolas TinoisBenjamin SanchezTorsten Rodel Berg.

European Partnership for Animal Health and Welfare (PAHW)
The partnership aims to deliver key knowledge, services and products to significantly improve the control of animal infectious diseases and animal welfare in a coordinated way which will sustain animal production and protect public health. It will involve reference laboratories, funding agencies and cooperate with the private sector.

By 2030, programmes will be further aligned, the animal health and welfare research and innovation ecosystem will be stronger, improving preparedness and providing additional solutions to prevent, detect and respond to priority infectious animal diseases, fight antimicrobial resistance, and improve animal welfare.

Final partnership proposal (April 2022).


Commission services: Jean-Charles CavitteValerio Abbadessa.

Partners: Sciensano, the Belgian Institute for Health – Hein Imberechts, Diagnostics For Animals – Jean-Louis Hunault.

European Partnership for Agriculture of Data
This partnership will support sustainable agriculture in the EU as well as policy monitoring and implementation by using digital and data technologies in environmental observation.

The partnership will generate EU-wide data sets and information through combining geospatial and Earth observation datasets and employ data technologies to provide solutions to the agricultural sector allowing for more efficient, environmentally friendly, and profitable production and strengthen monitoring capacities across policy fields.

Final partnership proposal (March 2022).

Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (March 2023).


Commission services: Franz ImmlerDoris Marquardt

Partners: National Research Council of Italy – Nicola Pirrone,
Danish Agricultural Agency – Jesper Stendal Sorensen, University of Málaga – José F. Aldana-Montes.

European Biodiversity Partnership (Biodiversa+)
The European Biodiversity Partnership, co-developed and co-funded by the European Commission and the BiodivERsA network, aims to create a comprehensive platform that links national and European research and innovation programmes. The partnership helps tackling the biodiversity crisis at both European and global level. It merges financial and non-financial resources to support the European Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 and the 2050 Vision of “Living in harmony with nature” of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. Launched in October 2021, the partnership seeks to align efforts for a sustainable future.

The Biodiversa+ brings together 80 research programmers and funders as well as environmental policy actors from 40 European and associated countries. It collaboratively develops and implements interdisciplinary research initiatives, conducts joint annual project calls, and supports a transnational network for harmonized biodiversity monitoring. Biodiversa+ also contributes to the development and deployment of nature-based solutions and enhances the impact and visibility of pan-European research in policymaking.

Draft partnership proposal (May 2020).

Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (November 2021).

Partnership fiche in the Biennial Monitoring Report 2022.



Partners: List of Biodiversa+ Partners; new Biodiversa+ Executive Director to start at the French Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité (FRB) in January 2024.

European Partnership for a climate neutral, sustainable and productive Blue Economy (SBEP)
The proposed partnership will enable a just and inclusive transition to a climate-neutral, sustainable and productive blue economy through key intervention areas providing for a healthy ocean, the well-being of citizens, and a blue economy that is in harmony with nature and whose benefits are distributed fairly.

The SBEP targets the Green Deal and Digital Europe objectives and contributes to the Global Earth Observing System, by mobilising relevant quadruple helix stakeholders who will co-create and co-deliver knowledge-based solutions and innovative governance models, and by combining financial resources for joint transnational calls and resources for other activities.

The integration of sea-basins initiatives and strategies will ensure that impact is delivered at local, regional, national and international levels.

Draft partnership proposal (July 2020).


Commission services: Wendy BonneEduardo Carqueijeiro.

Partners: Ministry of University and Research (Italy) and Co-coordinator Research Council of Norway and 58 other partners.

European Partnership for Sustainable Food Systems
The partnership will coordinate, align, and leverage European and national R&I efforts to future-proof food systems for co-benefits through an integrated and transdisciplinary systems approach, and provide solutions to the Farm to Fork strategy. The partnership will provide the scientific evidence, as well as the collaborative experience among practitioners and citizens, to support the transformation of local, national, European and global food systems.

The objective of the partnership is “to collectively develop and implement an EU-wide committed research and innovation partnership to accelerate the transition towards healthy diets that are safe and sustainably produced, and consumed in resilient EU and global food systems”.

Final partnership proposal (April 2022).


Commission services: Hans-Joerg LutzeyerDaniela Lueth.

Partners: ANR (Agence National de la Recherche), France – Gilles FERONClaude YVENXavier ENGELS.

European Partnership for a Circular Biobased Europe
The objective of the initiative is to produce major contributions to the climate targets by 2030, pave the way for climate neutrality by 2050, and increase sustainability and circularity of production and consumption systems in line with the European Green Deal.

It aims to develop and expand the sustainable sourcing and conversion of biomass into biobased products focusing on multiscale biorefinery processing and apply circular economy approaches such as utilisation of biological waste from agriculture, industry and municipal sectors. It also aims to deploy biobased innovation at regional scale with the view to revival of rural and marginal regions.

The partnership was established by the Council regulation (EU) 2021/2085 of 19 November 2021.


Commission services: Marton Keri.

Partners: Biobased Industries Consortium (BIC) – Dirk CarrezPartnership website.

European Partnership Water Security for the Planet (Water4All)
The objective of the initiative is to boost systemic transformations across the entire water research – innovation pipeline, fostering the matchmaking between problem owners and solution providers.

It proposes a portfolio of multi-national, multi-faceted and cross-sectoral approach, encompassing policy, environmental, economic, technological and societal considerations to enable water security for all on the long term.

By 2030, it intends to achieve reduced water stress, increased protection of water resources and ecosystems and enhanced resilience, mitigation and adaptation of water systems to global changes.

Draft partnership proposal (May 2020).


Commission services: Panagiotis Balabanis.

Partners: Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) – Olivier Bouc.

Source of information:
Web site of the European Commission