to FNS-Cloud

Who are we?

The consortium brings together the necessary competences and expertise to development, test and launch FNS-Cloud Services.

  • Scientists from the agri-food, nutrition, and health domains, ensuring a food systems approach
  • Communication experts with considerable reach globally as well as specialists in education and training for professionals
  • Existing FNS datasets, tools, and software
  • Knowledge from previous EU- and nationally-funded projects, and links with established ESFRI Research Infrastructures
  • ICT and data specialists with experience of cloud methodologies and food systems, big data analysis and modelling


FNS-Cloud aims to develop an infrastructure and services to exploit food, nutrition and security data (data, knowledge, tools – resources) for a range of purposes, and integrate with the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). 

Also, because these domains lack resources for data management and predictive modelling, FNS-Cloud will foster development of these advanced methods for better understanding and exploitation, benefiting European citizens and adding-value to previous publicly funded research. 


Improving access

Existing FNS resources (data, knowledge and tools) and Services are fragmented, lack critical mass, and access by user communities is unevenly distributed. FNS-Cloud will address these issues by launching a first-generation ‘Food Cloud’, as an integral part of the EOSC.


Tools and Services

Some of tools and services be developed bespoke by FNS-Cloud, whilst others will come from past projects and existing providers.


Support for users

Education, face-to-face and online, work-based training, and help-desk support will improve researchers’ data skills and confidence, understanding of open science, and participation. 


Core concepts

The main objective is to prepare the FNS Cloud by defining and implementing the technical components to enable integration of the Services. These include APIs, catalogues, documentation and data repositories, and authentication and authorisation protocols.


Integrating data

Existing and emerging FNS data will be made accessible to test the infrastructure, services and tools through a range of use cases. These will brought together, as demonstrators, covering the Agri-food, Nutrition & Lifestyle, and NCD & Microbiome domains. 


Each of these bodies and individuals has clearly defined roles and responsibilities. The General Assembly is the ultimate decision-making body of FNS-Cloud whilst the Executive Board is the operational management body, responsible for efficient implementation, and is chaired by the representative of the coordinator, Stephen Webb. Paul Finglas is responsible for the scientific ambitions of the project. 

General Assembly — composed of representatives from each beneficiary

Executive Board — comprised of those leading FNS-Cloud activities

Stephen Webb — representing the coordinating beneficiary

RTDS Group (AT)

Paul Finglas — scientific coordinator

Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB, UK)

Food Nutrition Security Cloud (FNS-Cloud) has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme (H2020-EU. – A sustainable and competitive agri-food industry) under Grant Agreement No. 863059. Information and views set out across this website are those of the Consortium and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion or position of the European Union. Neither European Union institutions and bodies nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use that may be made of the information contained herein.

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