EU-FORA 2021-2022

Are you interested in food safety and are starting or are in the middle of your research career? The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is looking for candidates for their EU-FORA grant program. The deadline for applications is 15 January, 2021.

EU-FORA gives new and mid-career researchers the opportunity to learn more about risk assessments in the field of food safety. The program starts in September 2021 with a duration of 12 months.

Purpose of EU-FORA

  • Increase the EU's capacity to make scientific risk assessments about food
  • Strengthen cooperation between European food safety organizations and EFSA
  • Contribute to harmonizing risk assessment methodology throughout Europe

Chemical and microbiological risk assessments

The program primarily includes chemical and microbiological risk assessments, and targets professionals from the following fields:

  • Molecular biology
  • Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Veterinary or human medicine
  • Agronomy / Agricultural science
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Food technology
  • Toxicology
Information for candidates

During a 12-month period the candidates will work at a European institution outside their home country, which has expertise in risk assessment work in the field of food. The candidate must also attend training courses. These are held for three weeks in September at EFSA in Parma, and there are training modules throughout the program period, held in Vienna, Athens and Berlin.

Requirements and criteria for selection

Read more here about applicants' requirements and selection criteria.

The deadline for applications is 15 January, 2021.

Want to read about a candidate's experiences?

Would you like to hear more about the experiences of participants in the EU-FORA program? Contact Gisle Solstad, the Norwegian representative for EFSA in Norway. His contact details can be found above. Solstad can provide advice and hints regarding the application process, and communicate with EFSA and the entire EU-FORA network if needed.


The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment

T: 21 62 28 00

P.O. Box 222 Skøyen
0213 Oslo

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