EIT Food Innovator Fellowship

Food system

Global challenges in the Food system require a mind-shift and a thrilling change in the awareness and competencies of talents: the new generation of entrepreneurs is asked to play its role and help solve the planet’s food-related issues.


Post-doctoral researchers are called today to boost and diversify their career paths, solve global challenges, and enhance their career prospects.


The future innovative leaders of the Food system therefore need a set of competences beyond research and academic skills - they require a proficiency that allows them to propose, manage, implement, and lead interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary research and innovation projects.


Credits to: European Commission

EIT Food Innovator Fellowship aims at identifying talents worldwide with creative and innovative potential, wishing to expand their skill repertoire through advanced training for the development of an innovative idea with significant impact in the food sector.


If you want to put your talent to the test and you'd like to know more about this Programme, please find the details below. Should you need further clarification, do not hesitate to get in touch with us at innovator@eitfood.eu .

Our objective

The objective of EIT Food Innovator Fellowship is to empower talents to co-create, address, and gain experiences on excellent ideas capable of bringing their careers a step further, and foster innovators ready to respond to global food challenges.


If you have an idea that may impact the Food system and you're passionate about tackling sustainability issues, here's the challenge we have for you.

The pathway

EIT Food Innovator Fellowship will be a one-year challenge, beginning from the selection of the participants to the realization of the winning project-idea through an eye-opening and skill development training. Postdocs willing to participate can apply using the online form. After an initial evaluation of their idea, they will be selected to participate in a creative environment like a Hackaton, called Foodathon.


The Foodathon will serve to consolidate teams, to co-create and further develop the ideas proposed by the participants in a multi/interdisciplinary setting. The newly created teams should demonstrate complementarities and synergy. The winning teams will gain a high-level complementary skills training and an opportunity to turn their ideas into real impact in society.


Moreover, the teams will fine tune their initial idea into a mature proposal with further opportunities for financial support. To achieve this scope EIT Food Innovator Fellowship will buy time from each postdoc's affiliated organizations, thus subtracting little time dedicated to current activities. Therefore, it is important that the postdoc fellows find in their organizations the necessary support for this journey.

A challenging, intense Hackaton

The formation of the Innovator Fellowship teams will be performed by gathering about 50 individual talents in a hackathon context.


Each postdoc aiming will be given the possibility to pitch his/her idea to the other talents to form an EIT Food Innovator Fellowship team. The resulting teams will then be called to formalize their idea and to present it in front of an expert panel.

During this process, structured mentoring will be key to organizational development: teams will be carefully supported.


Winning this competition will lead the successful team to a high-level training conducted by the three project's partner organizations. Participants and mentors will work hand-in-hand to have the project proposal finalized.

A tailor-made Training that will make a difference

The three project's partner organizations will be conducting a tailor-made training for the Foodathon winning teams.

The training will cover areas designed to enable the selected teams to acquire specific transversal skills to further develop and implement their idea: post-doctoral talents will have the opportunity to broaden their horizons and deepen their competencies, learning how to analyze their idea from different angles in order to have a viable, sustainable and impactful project/product or service with an impact in the Food system

The scheduled workshops will be accompanied by structured mentoring to assist in the acquisition of the transversal skills necessary to advance the team's original project, via a real working viability frame.

Your Intellectual Copyright

We care for the postdocs' concerns about intellectual copyright. During the Foodathon, the different participants' ideas will likely be blended and cross-fertilized, thus becoming something new, and greater. Therefore, the intellectual copyright of the work created during the Foodathon will belong to the individuals and the teams who conceived it.

Be creative, be a leader in the Food system and bring your ideas to market!

When change is coming, you can watch it happen or you can be part of it. We strongly believe that postdocs have the chance today to ride the wave that is revolutionizing the Food system.

In such a fast-paced sector employability depends on how much effort you invest in diversifying your career path.

With the Innovator Fellowship Programme you'll learn how to take your Project Idea and make it happen, and you'll be given the skills and the tools to do it successfully.

Who can apply?

EIT Food Innovator Fellowship is open to all creative postdocs worldwide

If you would like to have further information, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page here.

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Partner organizations

EIT Food ivzw, Ubicenter A Philipssite 5, 3001 Heverlee (Leuven), Belgium