Ongoing, Horizon 2020

Starting in October 2019, the FNS-Cloud H2020 funded project gathers an international consortium of 35 organisations, coordinated by RTDS, planning to overcome fragmentation problems by integrating existing Food Nutrition Security data, which is essential for high-end, pan-European FNS research, addressing FNS, diet, health, and consumer behaviours as well as on sustainable agriculture and the bio-economy.

The challenge: The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) will federate existing and emerging research data infrastructures, and provide researchers with services for Open Research Data (ORD) storage, management, analysis and re-use across disciplines. The move towards a thematic EOSC section for food and nutrition security (FNS) – or Food Cloud – would accelerate and support the ongoing transition to a more Open Science and Open Innovation model for food and nutrition systems, stimulate intra- and interdisciplinary research, and increase the impact and efficiency of research investments and infrastructures. It would address the increased complexity of data sharing and analysis as well as reproducibility within and across scientific disciplines, as well as the sharp growth in data volumes.

The Solution: The implemented cloud solution will reduce knowledge gaps that inhibit public health and agricultural policy and will benefit the food industry, reducing development and production costs and will facilitate informed consumer choice and ultimately, healthier European citizens. Sustainability of the FNS-Cloud will be achieved through valued added services linking research infrastructure data. FNS-Cloud data will be open access and FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable and re-useable) and will be interoperable with the proposed Food, Nutrition and Health Research Infrastructure (FNHRI) and eROSA as well as METROFOOD-RI and other ESFRI RIs (e.g. ELIXIR, ECRIN)

The main impacts: The main expected impacts are:

  • 20+ improved data management tools, practices and skills in selected scientific areas that relate to FNS based on better understanding between einfrastructure providers/operators and scientific domain specialists/users
  • Proven governance and business model for the Food Cloud based on best practices, on broadly supported policy choices, and on effective global standards
  • Improved data management skills, and increased awareness of the benefits of open research data among FNS researchers
  • increased data sharing and reuse among FNS researchers
  • Advance 15+ new and available solutions from TRL0-4 to TRL7-9

The funding: FNS-Cloud has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 863059.



  • EC: €10.2 million
  • Start date: 01/10/2019
  • Duration: 48 months

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