PhD Opportunity: Up4Health

Technological University Dublin

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  • Dublin, Ireland
    Technological University Dublin
    Jun 19, 2020

Supervisor name & contact details:

Name Dr Catherine (Rena) Barry-Ryan
School Food Science & Environmental Health
Email [email protected]

Research Centre Name and Website


Please indicate if the intention is to transfer from the Masters programme to the PhD programme (if applicable)

PhD opportunity (4 years)

Funding Arrangements

X   Fully Funded (ie Scholarship, Fees & Materials funding available)


Funding Agency

European Commission (H2020)

Funding Details

Student Stipend                  € 16,000p.a.

Materials/ Travel etc         € p.a.

Fees                                      € 6000p.a.

Subject Area

Food & Drink Science

Title of the Project

Sustainable and cost-effective production process for the upcycling of olive, grape and nut by-products into 4 natural and healthy ingredients for nutraceutical and cosmetic applications (Up4Health)

Project Description

The UP4HEALTH project provides the demonstration at pre-industrial scale of an integrated biorefinery for the recovery of valuable biomolecules from food processing by-products and their conversion into natural, healthy and sustainable high added-value products for the nutraceuticals and cosmetic sectors. UP4HEALTH ingredients will be of suitable quality to meet market requirements of consumers and industry in these sectors: consumers are demanding functional natural products and industry is demanding bio-based formulations for better performance and higher sustainability.

In a current scene of limited resources, million tons of food waste and by-products are discharged worldwide by the food processing industry, whose management is costing EU 143 billion €1. In particular, olive and grape by-products account for more than 9.3 million tonnes (Mt). This underexploited residual biomass is rich in bioactive compounds, resulting in a great market opportunity for the UP4HEALTH project.

UP4HEALTH upcycling process integrates a unique zero waste sustainable process for 4 locally available mediterranean feedstocks from food processing (olive pomace, grape pomace, nut by-products (nut discards & nut press cake) and olive pits) to deliver four organic, natural, sustainable & healthy ingredients: (1) natural fruit water rich in polyphenols, (2) polyphenol-rich dietary fibre (hereafter referred as “fibre”), (3) fruit natural oily extracts (hereafter referred as “oily extracts”), and (4) prebiotic Xylooligosaccharides. UP4HEALTH ingredients will be integrated into functional food, nutraceutical supplements and cosmetics, targeting a wide niche population (e.g. elderly people, healthy and green consumers, sporty people).

This project is a consortium of excellent researchers and industries from across Europe. TU Dublin will be responsible for the safety and legal assessment of inputs and outputs in the project, including authentication and traceability and the requirements for pre-market approval of ingredients.

Student requirements for this project
BSc in Food Science/Technology or a related discipline.

Deadline to submit applications (only for funded projects)

5pm on 14th July 2020

If you are interested in submitting an application for this project, please complete an Expression of Interest and email it to [email protected] and [email protected]