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Funding for innovation to secure a healthier aging population

Danish food companies can now recieve support for innovations towards the growing aging population in Europe.  A new EU project has been launched to help companies innovate within the field of personalized nutrition for the growing elderly population in need of healthy foods.

The name of the project is INCluSilver and in Denmark, Danish Food Cluster will be responsible for helping SME’s to develop new products and services.

Through the project companies can get financial support for new innovative ideas, but also new partnerships across sectors and boarders. 9 countries and 7 clusters within food and IT is involved in the project that will last three years.

In the coming 25 years the number of elderly in EU is expected to rise with 50 % and that is a both a challenge as well as an opportunity for Danish food innovation says CEO in Danish Food Cluster, Lone Ryg Olsen:

“There will be a need for new products that can help us live a healthier and longer life – and from the growing elderly population there will be a demand for solutions that can fit the needs of the individual.”

The consortia behind INCluSilver includes traditional food clusters as Clusaga (ES), Danish Food Cluster (DK) and DARe (IT), ICT clusters as Innoskart (HU), knowledge institutions as University of Surrey (EN) and National Institute of Ireland and the two organisations Agropolis (FR) and Coralia (GR).

The innovative solutions and products will get funding from a budget of 4,2 mio €, where the main part will be distributes to the companies.

“This is a good opportunity for members of Danish Food Cluster and a support the work of manifesting Denmark as the centre for food innovation,” says Lone Ryg Olsen.

Read more about INCluSilver – http://www.inclusilver.eu/

 

The distribution of the funding will be organized through a voucher scheme. On August 31, we will do a short information meeting and give a further introduction to the opportunities for Danish companies within this project. Read more here.