Submission open Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF) third call second round
NWO-WOTRO Science for global development has launched the last round of the third call for proposals for the Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF). ARF is one of the two funding instruments within Food & Business Research, providing grants for demand-driven applied research that contributes to food security in the fifteen partner countries of Dutch development cooperation. The first round was launched in July and the call has been developed in close collaboration with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform. Deadline for applying for round 2 is December 6, 2016.
The focus of the third call for proposals relates to the new Dutch food security policy and proposals should relate to one or more of its pillars:
- Eradicating existing hunger and malnutrition. (‘people’)
- Promoting inclusive and sustainable growth in the agricultural sector. (‘profit’)
- Creating ecologically sustainable food systems. (‘planet’)
Research proposals also need to invest in the enabling business and policy environment at least at the local level. Bottlenecks at the more systemic level often hamper scaling, application and/or innovation potential. This call asks to identify these bottlenecks and to reflect on possible solutions.
Next to the fifteen countries, it will be possible to apply for a grant more specifically related to the food security of Bangladesh and Kenya.
Consortia of practitioner and research or higher education organisations may apply. The budget per application may be 50,000 – 300,000 euros for projects with a duration of 0,5 – 3 years. Requirements are to a large extent similar to the previous call. Higher rates for salary costs and overhead will be allowed. A maximum budget of 4 million euros is available.
Proposals can be submitted to NWO-WOTRO continuously until the final deadline of 6 December 2016. Please use the forms and instructions of the second round, available on the Food & Business Research website.