Food Innovation Center

Collaborating for a healthier, hunger-free world.

Key Initiatives

Food for Health: Improving Human Health Through Food

Foods such as fruits and vegetables contain a largely unexplored array of bioactive components not among the 40 essential nutrients. The Food Innovation Center focuses on the health-enhancing character of novel functional foods, ingredients, and crops to help high-risk individuals in a personalized medical model. Read more

Food Safety: Providing Safe Food

Building upon Ohio State's cutting edge capabilities in agricultural and health sciences, the Food Innovation Center (FIC) connects a network of experts with innovative ways to protect the safety of foods here and abroad. Read more

Food Strategy and Policy: Working Toward a Healthier, Hunger-free World

Food and nutrition problems are often entangled in a complex web involving public health, food distribution, safe-food trade policies, and food industry regulations. The Food Innovation Center is identifying and assembling a network of researchers across academic disciplines to tackle local, state, national, and global food concerns. Read more


Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. The goal of the food security initiative is to improve access to culturally appropriate, health-promoting foods for food insecure families across central Ohio by impacting food availability, food access, food quality, and food use. Read more

Food for Billions

Food for Billions seeks innovative solutions to a healthy population on our planet by the year 2050. Read more

Food Mapping

An ambitious OSU research project hopes to gain a better understanding of how and where residents of central Columbus get their food, and what factors influence their decisions about what they eat. Read more