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Funding: £14M for Resilience of the UK Food System in a Global Context

The Global Food Security (GFS) Programme will soon be announcing a new 5-year interdisciplinary programme of research. The programme has been co-designed by BBSRC, ESRC, NERC, Defra and FSA, in partnership with wider stakeholders, and will address a major food security challenge: ‘Resilience of the UK food system in a global context’.

Funding
BBSRC, NERC & ESRC are contributing £14M and further contributions are being considered by other GFS partners.
Up to £7M will be available for the first call.

Themes
The programme will integrate biological, environmental and social sciences to support interdisciplinary projects addressing one or more of the following key themes (these are all interlinked and proposals that address aspects of more than one theme are strongly encouraged):

  1. Enhancing productivity, resilience and sustainability of agricultural landscapes
    At the core of this theme is understanding the relationship and trade-offs between resilience, sustainability & production, to deliver agricultural systems balancing the provision of food with other ecosystem services. This will help address the challenge of feeding a growing population sustainably; ensuring improved environmental, social and economic outcomes.
     
  2. Increasing resilience of international supply chains
    This theme is focused on understanding the economic, environmental, biological and social factors affecting the food supply chain, and the interplay between these, to increase resilience of the food system at a local-to-global level.
     
  3. Influencing food choice for health, sustainability and resilience 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 in provision of nutritious and sustainable food in more resilient and equitable ways.

Aim
Through interdisciplinary research calls, community building events and a suite of impact activities, this programme aims to build a portfolio of research which will deliver tangible outcomes that are greater than the sum of its parts.

Programme calls
The first of two programme calls will be launched in September 2015.
Up to £7M of funding will be available through this first call to support approximately 4-6 high quality interdisciplinary research proposals.
Each proposal must integrate biological, environmental and social sciences and can be led by any of these disciplines.

Event
A community building event will be held in London on 20 July 2015 to give researchers an opportunity to learn more about the call, meet colleagues from other disciplines and initiate partnerships in advance of the call launch in September.

Source:BBSRC

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