AUTHENT-NET – Food Authenticity Research Network


It is acknowledged that historically anti-food fraud capability within Europe has not been consolidated and lacks the coordination and support structures available to those working in food safety. There are various initiatives underway to redress this balance e.g. DGSanté’s Food Fraud network, DG Research’s FoodIntegrity project, as well as numerous national programmes and industry initiatives. One pivotal area that still needs to be addressed is bringing together national research funding bodies to facilitate the development of transnational research programmes. AUTHENTNET will address this need by mobilising and coordinating relevant research budget holders in order to facilitate the eventual development of a transnational European funding vehicle that will allow Members States (MS) to jointly fund anti-fraud research. Authent-Net comprises a core group of 19 participants from 10 MS, 1 NGO and the US, who are either National research funding bodies; experts in food authenticity, and/or experts in transnational funding mechanisms. AUTHENT-NET will:1) Bring together relevant MS R&D; budget holders to coordinate interdisciplinary research effort and build a cohesive and sustainable network2) Undertake stocktaking of existing national research and assess against the international landscape3) Establish transnational mechanisms and instruments for collating and exchanging information on food authenticity research4) Develop a high level research and innovation strategy for transnational research and a rationale for a potential ERANET on food authenticityThe two year project will have the following expected impacts: improved coordination and communication between relevant MS research budget holders; enhanced cognisance of existing national research; joint strategy for food fraud R&D; agreed priorities and capability to deliver transnational European research on food fraud.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Tullia Gallina Toschi

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agro-Alimentari

Fera Science Limited (Fera) Ltd(United Kingdom)

Other Participants:
Centre Wallon De Recherches Agronomiques (Belgium)
Centre De Coop. International En Recherche Agronomique Pour Le Developpement (France)
Ministere De L'Economie, Des Finances Et De L'Industrie (France)
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Italy)
Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (Dlo Food And Biobased) (Netherlands)
Ministerie Van Economische Zaken (Netherlands)
The Queen'S University Of Belfast (United Kingdom)
Institute of Biomedical and Neural Engineering Reykjavik University (Iceland)
Stichting Vu (Netherlands)
Apha Animal & Plant Health Agency (United Kingdom)
Instituto Nacional De Investigacion Y Tecnologia Agraria Y Alimentaria - Inia - (Spain)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Food Safety Authority Of Ireland (Ireland)
Ist.Zooprofilattico Sperim.del Piemonte Liguria e Valle d'Aosta (Italy)
Nofima Genetics as (Norway)
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas (Csic) (Spain)
Vysoka Skola Chemicko-Technologicka V Praze-Institute Of Chemical Technology Prague (Czech Republic)
Michigan State University (United States of America)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 499.533,75
Project Duration in months: 24
Start Date: 01/04/2016
End Date: 31/03/2018

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UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 696371