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Launch third call Global Challenges Programme

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April 21, 2015 By: F&BKP Office Image: via Flickr (by: vredeseilanden)

NWO-WOTRO has launched the third call for proposals within the Food & Business Global Challenges Programme (GCP). The theme of the call, which was developed in close collaboration with the F&BKP, is “Transformation of food systems with a focus on sustainability and urbanization”.
Within the call, two types of research funding are available: for Integrated Projects (IPs) with a duration of four years and a maximum budget of 600,000 euros; and for Fast Track Research projects (FTR) with a maximum duration of two to three years and a maximum budget of 250,000 euros.
Deadline for submitting a full proposal is 16 July, and an obligatory Letter of Intent for an FTR-proposal must be received by 23 June 2015.

Global Challenges Program

The Food & Business GCP aims to generate research–based advanced understanding of 1) emerging key issues in food security and their impact on regional and local food security and 2) the role of private sector development. Transdisciplinary proposals can be submitted by teams of researchers and other (public/private) partners from both the Netherlands and from at least one Low or Middle-Income Country. This third Call for proposals especially invites enterprises to join research consortia.


The Food & Business GCP aims to encourage scientific research and innovation projects (covering technological, organizational, policy, and social innovations) on food security and related private sector development that contribute to long-term access to affordable, safe and nutritious food for vulnerable and resource-poor populations in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs).

Two priority areas for research and innovation on Transformation of food systems with a focus on sustainability and urbanization have been identified for this call by the Steering Committee of the F&BKP, in consultation with international experts. Proposals are expected to take one or both of these foci into account:

  • Sustainable Food Systems;
  • Urbanization and Challenges for Food and Nutrition Security.

Within the Call, funding is available for two types of research projects:

  • Integrated Projects (duration 4 years; maximum of 600,000 euros) and
  • Fast Track Research (duration 2-3 years; maximum of 250,000 euros).

Who can apply

Proposals should be submitted by consortia of research organisations and a public and/or private organisation from a Low or Middle-Income Country (LMIC). Enterprises are especially encouraged to participate.

The consortium coordinator (who is the main applicant) should be a senior researcher with a PhD degree employed by a Dutch research institute (partner 1). Other consortium members should be at least one senior researcher from an LMIC research organisation (partner 2), and a representative of another (non-academic) public or private organisation from the LMIC involved (partner 3). Partner 3 can be from any public or private organisation that can be seen as an actor or stakeholder in food security. Additional partners from (other) LMIC or high income countries are welcomed and encouraged.

When to apply

  • Preliminary IP applications and final FTR applications may be submitted until16 July 2015 14:00 noon CET.
  • However, for FTR proposals, a Letter of Intent must be submitted before23 June 2015, 12:00 noon CET.

For more information on the third GCP Call and to apply (electronically), please visit the NWO-WOTRO website.


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