Check out which partners are involved!


The Food for Health and Safety Challenge is a product of the collaboration between the Dutch Ministry of Defence, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, UMC Utrecht and three Dutch universities: Eindhoven University of Technology, Wageningen University and Research and Utrecht University. The latter four form an alliance, of which this project is the first to be executed. The two Dutch ministries bring guidance and industry experience to this collaboration.

the Alliance

The focus of the collaboration between the three universities and the medical hospital lies on young talent, as well as on impactful fields of study. One can think of fortifying the systematic transition of e.g. energy, food, health and circular society. The alliance strives to collaborate with a variety of different external partners.

Meet the involved partners

Ministry of defence

The Ministry of Defence protects the Netherlands, its (economic) interests and allies. They defend others and offer support in the case of disasters. In this way, the ministry of Defence contributes to peace, freedom and safety around the world. The three main tasks of the ministry of Defence include: Protection of Dutch property and that of its allies, promotion of the (international) order and stability, deliverance of support in the case of disasters and crises.


Ministry of economic affairs and climate policy

The ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy works together with its partners to make the Netherlands sustainable and entrepreneurial: a climate neutral society and a strong, open economy. The ministry gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to innovate, and employ economic opportunities of sustainability and digitalisation. They seek to find the best balance between the interests of companies and consumers.


eindhoven university of technology

TU/e educates students and advances knowledge in science & technology for the benefit of humanity. They integrate education and research to enable students and scientists to become thought leaders and to design and achieve the unimaginable. In close collaboration with public and private partners, they translate our basic research into meaningful solutions.


Utrecht university

The world is changing rapidly. Complicated global issues such as wealth inequalities, climate change and healthy lifestyles are not limited to generations or continents, and cannot be solved from only one perspective. This is why researchers and students from Utrecht University are continuously looking for new possibilities and solutions across the disciplines and form alliances with various external partners in the process.


Wageningen university and research

The university is part of Wageningen University & Research and is the only university in the Netherlands to focus specifically on the theme ‘healthy food and living environment’. We do so by working closely together with governments and the business community.


university medical center utrecht

University Medical Center Utrecht strives to achieve the highest levels in patient care, scientific research and education. By dedicating themselves to continuous improvements, they can pioneer cutting-edge treatments, foster groundbreaking findings, and deliver a standard of care that meets the healthcare needs for today, and for the future.