Network meeting on impact for projects of the Global Challenges Programme (first Call)
Food & Business Research is one of the main research programmes of NWO-WOTRO. The Programme aims at addressing persistent food security challenges in low- and middle-income countries. It focuses on the urgent and growing need for adequate knowledge and solutions for regional and local problems related to food security. Food & Business Research consists of two funding instruments: the Global Challenges Programme (GCP) and the Applied Research Fund (ARF). Both are part of the broader Food & Business Knowledge Agenda. In this context, projects will progress in close cooperation with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform throughout the implementation phase of the research projects.
On Thursday December 11, 2014, in The Hague, NWO-WOTRO and the Office of the Platform will jointly organize a kick-off meeting for the first round of Call for proposals for NWO-WOTRO GCP projects.
GCP projects (as well as projects funded through the Food & Business ARF) are committed to the interrelated aims of research, capacity development and (local) impact. The F&BKP Office has the task to support projects in realizing the (structural) involvement of target groups and the flow of research results back into society, in particular into policy and practice. Consequently, the Office foresees cooperation with the Food & Business Research teams throughout the duration of the projects, by facilitating mutual knowledge exchange and learning. In particular, this will be concerning results, impact as well as strategic knowledge dissemination of intermediary and final results. The quality and relevance of the research results, their potential uptake – and accordingly the work of the wide range of stakeholders related to the projects and the F&BKP – is expected to be enriched consequently.
This implies that GCP- and ARF- consortia will be part of a joint trajectory with NWO-WOTRO and the F&BKP in which knowledge sharing is key. The F&BKP website will serve as an important communication tool for the projects, their stakeholders and the larger audience. To start the cooperation, the kick-off meeting of December 11 for the GCP projects will have the achievement of research uptake and impact as well as the identification of cross-cutting issues as central foci. A report will be presented on the F&BKP-website afterwards. At a later stage of the research, local and/or regional meetings will be organized, for ARF-projects in particular.