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RFI Food for Tomorrow / Cap Aliment

Food for Tomorrow / Cap Aliment is a collaborative program aimed at strengthening synergies between the different actors of Research, Training and Innovation in the field of sustainable food and agro-food to increase the visibility and attractiveness of this sector at national and international level.

The research component of the RFI Food for Tomorrow / Cap Aliment program is carried by INRA and is based on the GIS Agro-Food Systems in Pays de la Loire (SAAPL) created in late 2015.

The program aims to achieve an international pole of excellence by 2020, notably by structuring the Research-Training-Innovation network, increasing the critical mass of researchers and strengthening international partnerships in the fields of food and agri-food by integrating the eco-design and sustainability dimension of production and processing systems.

The approaches followed are based in particular on a reverse engineering approach, from the finished product to the constituent biopolymers, including production systems, the control of sustainable processes and the impact on public health and food safety. The Humanities and Social Sciences will be included in order to take into account the societal demands in the formulation of the food of tomorrow.

To support this program, a system of calls for proposals internal to the RFI was established over the period 2015-2020 for an amount of about 4.5 million euros. Several types of actions can thus be supported: doctoral fellowships, scientific or methodological latch, international postdoctoral fellowships, new team attractiveness, support for the emergence of "Concept Note Project" project, as well as the organization of thematic days, International Symposia and Summer Schools. These projects will serve as levers for initiating dynamics of national and international collaborations.