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Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research (FBR) and TNO aim to cluster their knowledge and expertise in food, nutrition and biobased research in the near future. This creates added value for market players and government because they will only have to knock on a single door to use the complementary fields of expertise of both TNO and Food & Biobased Research.
On 1 April 2015 the first two programmes were officially launched in which this one-stop shop for applied research will be fully available These Strategic Innovation Programmes (SIPs) are: ‘Customised processed food for quality and health’ and ‘Biorefinery for raw material availability and flexibility’.
Strong cooperation and sharing of expertise and facilities of TNO and Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research will give market players even better access to the best available applied knowledge. In addition, this joint programme strengthens the applied knowledge position of the Netherlands in the areas of food, nutrition and biobased research. Target groups for the innovation programmes are all players in these domains, from industry (SMEs and large companies) to government authorities both within the Netherlands and abroad. Later this year the partnership may be extended to other related fields of research, such as food security and authenticity.
This partnership is a result of the Grand Design Topsector Agri&Food signed in 2014 by the Executive Boards of Wageningen UR and TNO and the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Various Dutch companies support this partnership.
Collaboration takes place in the form of actual projects in which industry works with both knowledge institutions on innovations within set objectives. Please contact us if you want to find out more about taking part in these innovation programmes or projects.