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Call 2: GFS resilience of the UK food system in a global context

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Call status: Closed
Previous call: 30 September 2016 - 22 March 2017


The Global Food Security (GFS) programme is pleased to announce the second call of its research programme ‘Resilience of the UK food system in a global context’.

£6.5 million of funding will be made available for this second call to support interdisciplinary projects addressing one or more of the programme’s three thematic priorities. This call aims to support a portfolio with a good mix of both small and large-scale grants from one to five years duration; costing up to £2.8 million (this represents the 80% contribution to the FEC). Proposals taking a food systems approach are particularly encouraged, as are those in collaboration with policy, industry and other stakeholders. Co-funding and in-kind contributions from stakeholders is anticipated to ensure maximum impact.

Thematic priorities

There are three overlapping thematic priorities in the programme. We anticipate funding a number of small and large interdisciplinary projects, each addressing one or more of the programme thematic priority areas.

  1. Optimising the resilience of agricultural systems and landscape whilst enhancing productivity and sustainability
    At the core of this theme is understanding the relationship between resilience, sustainability and production and how to optimise the trade-offs associated with these tensions. This will help ensure agricultural systems and landscapes that are both resilient and sustainable and balance the provision of food with other ecosystem services in the face of evolving world-wide changes and threats

  2. Optimising resilience of food supply chains locally and globally
    This theme is focused on understanding the economic, environmental, biological and social factors affecting the food supply chain, and the interplay between these, to ensure resilience of the food system at a local-to-global level

  3. Influencing food choice for health, resilience and sustainability at the individual and household level
    Central to this theme is understanding the drivers behind food choices and how these impact on the wider food system and production, in order to identify interventions that result in provision of nutritious and sustainable food in more resilient and equitable ways

Please note: This call includes aquaculture but wild capture fisheries are not in scope

Community building: Web forum platform and town meeting

To facilitate researchers building their collaborative proposals, interested applicants can submit their research offers and needs through a Web Forum Platform. This platform is designed to help match-making between researchers working on different disciplines and end-users.

GFS hosted a town meeting on 26 September 2016 at the Bonetti Suite, Chelsea Football Club, London. This event aimed to bring together researchers from biological, environmental and social sciences, with representatives from policy, industry, and other stakeholders to provide insight on the call themes as well as encourage development of partnerships in food security and resilience.

Workshop programme

09:30 - Coffee and registration
10:00 - Welcome and introduction
10:05 - Guide to the food system resilience call challenge
10:20 - Presentations
11:20 - Elevator Pitches
12:30 - Lunch and networking
14:00 - Close


Standard RCUK eligibility rules for BBSRC, NERC and ESRC apply to this call. For more information please refer to the call text and FAQ document.

How to apply

This call is closed to applications.

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