The CHIC project aims to develop chicory (Cichorium intybus L.) varieties that can be used to produce dietary fibre with enhanced prebiotic effects to promote gut health. At the same time, given its biosynthetic capacity, high yields and low agronomic requirements, chicory has significant potential as production host in molecular farming. CHIC aims to harness this potential to cultivate chicory for the extraction of other types of health-related compounds (terpenes) as potential lead molecules for drug development. To achieve this, new chicory varieties must be developed. However, conventional chicory breeding is currently exceptionally time-consuming and thus, chicory is a highly relevant case where new plant breeding technologies can make a real difference. Furthermore, CHIC explores the interactions between technological potential and societal acceptance of modern plant breeding. The consortium will evaluate the technological performance of these new plant breeding technologies, as well as the safety, environmental, regulatory, socio-economic and broader societal issues associated with them. The CHIC consortium consists of 17 participants from 11 European countries and one international participant. This collaborative project is coordinated by Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands (Contact CHIC project coordinator: Dirk Bosch). The IPB is a participating research institute. Contact person at the IPB is Prof. Alain Tissier. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No 760891; duration: 54 months). More information can be found in the consortium's press release and on the project website.