Strategic projects PEMB

Promotion of Barcelona as a candidate for the Food4Future KIC

  • Promotion of strategic sectors - Health and bio-research
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • Developing
  • Operating
  • Stand-by

Barcelona is postulated as the headquarters of a CLC (colocation centre) in one of the most powerful European consortiums that will present a proposal during  2016 in response to the call for the EIT's Food4Future KIC. Participants in this European consortium are major agrifood companies and clusters from the Vall de l'Ebre and the Mediterranean arc, together with universities and research centres from this same innovation ecosystem.

Project Leader

Albert Barberà, CEO of Biocat, Fundació BioRegió de Catalunya


To encourage cooperation between the industry, universities and research centres in order to increase the impact of the innovations in agrifood in the market, promoting the training of talent with an entrepreneurial spirit and creating new instruments that make an impact along the entire chain on a European level.



The European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) is an instrument created by the European Union to stimulate European leadership in innovation. With this objective it is equipped with Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) that coordinate and give impetus to endeavours in order to achieve greater competitiveness and sustainable economic growth to give a response to the major challenges facing society.

The KICs are structured into five or six nodes or CLCs, located in different countries in the European Union that act as operating units for the development of projects with a bottom-up strategy. The CLCs are formed by different members from the fields of research, innovation, companies and occasionally local authorities.

In 2016, the call for proposals will be opened for the Food4Future KIC, a community oriented towards the promotion of sustainability of the food supply chain, with special emphasis on the performance of crops, the protection of the environment, food safety and health. Biocat gives support to the coordinator of the Iberian node: Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Alimentàries (Institute of Food Research and Technology, IRTA), which also receives the support of the Catalan Government and Barcelona City Council.

During the year 2014 work has been carried out on defining priorities and in including the industry in the project's decision-making bodies, as well as positioning Barcelona and Catalonia as headquarters of a CLC of one of the European consortiums.

During 2015 the intention is to establish governance mechanisms for the project, preparing the different European consortiums to be able to submit the final proposal in the month of July 2016 before the organising body, the EIT.



  • Budget for the European KIC4FOOD training: in excess of €2 M
  • Training period: 2012 - 2016
  • Training budget for the Iberian node: €600,000 (for the year 2015)
  • Iberian node coordinator: Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (IRTA).


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