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Resilience of the UK food system in a global context third call: Transforming the food system for health, sustainability and resilience across production and demand

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Sandpit for early-career researchers at lecturer level or equivalent.

Call status: Closed
Previous call: 11 April 2018 - 23 May 2018

Summary

We are inviting expressions of interest from early career researchers at lecturer level or equivalent to take part in a Sandpit (2.5 days on 4-6 July 2018 followed by 2 days on 19-20 July 2018) to address the following question:

How can we transform our food system so it is based on healthy and sustainable diets and how would this impact on sustainable and resilient food production and supply?

We welcome applications from early career researchers at lecturer level or equivalent with expertise in any research area covered by BBSRC, NERC or ESRC. The Sandpit will develop outline proposals, a number of which will be invited back to be developed into full proposals that are two years in duration. Successful proposals developed through the Sandpit process will be jointly funded by BBSRC, ESRC, NERC and the Scottish Government, and up to £1.8 million (80% FEC) is available to support the proposals selected.

The research supported will identify interventions that might lead to improved outcomes for health, sustainability and resilience across the supply chain and help us to understand the dynamics, trade-offs and tensions between production, supply and demand that are crucial for the resilience of the UK food system.

The Sandpit will aim to develop proposals that answer:

  • How can we transform our food system so it is based on healthy and sustainable diets and how would this impact on sustainable and resilient food production and supply?
  • What should we be eating, and producing sustainably, and where in the world would those crops be grown, those livestock reared, or those fish be caught to ensure UK food system resilience? What impact would this have on livelihoods?
  • What level of demand change would be required to have a major impact on resilience and sustainability, and what would be the potential benefits/dis-benefits to nutrition and/or the environment of different scenarios?

We welcome applications from early career researchers at lecturer level or equivalent with expertise in any single remit or interdisciplinary research area covered by BBSRC, NERC or ESRC.

This Sandpit is for early-career researchers working at lecturer level or equivalent (as defined in section three of the BBSRC grants guide, and including newly employed university lecturers, lecturer level equivalent fellows whose awards were secured in open competition and researchers in research council institutes at the unified research council Band E or its equivalent)

The full call text, including details of how to apply, can be found on the GFS website (see external links).


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