Deadline: 14th June, 2018

Do you think yourself as an individual who can come up with practical projects to create a better balance between food sustainability and environmental sustainability with different disciplinary approaches?

Do you think you can find solutions to the food paradoxes, through innovative, practical and multi-disciplinary ideas?

The 2018 BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition invites young PhD and postdoc researchers from any background and nationality to submit a research project to improve the sustainability of the food system.

The 2018 BCFN YES! calls for concrete research proposals for making more sustainable the agri-food system (in terms of environmental, social, health and/or economic aspects), that are coherent with the BCFN research projects.

Research proposals are to be proposed in one or more of the following areas:

Sustainable and healthy dietary patterns;

Sustainable agriculture;

Food security.

The BCFN wants to support studies that are innovative, have a promise of major impact, are result-oriented and look at food systems and food value chains with a systemic approach, preferably, where relevant, blending scientific knowledge with local knowledge. Country case studies and identification of best practice are strongly encouraged.


The award is a 20.000 € research grant applied to a one-year investigation

A maximum of three teams will be awarded the Research Grant.


To participate in the competition, a participant must fulfil the following requirements:

Participate individually or as a  multi-disciplinary and cross-national research team of a maximum of three components. The Competition encourages the participation of teams from different disciplines and countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches.

Applicants who are currently pursuing doctoral degrees are eligible, as well as researchers with a completed PhD.

All applicants must be/have enrolled after January 1st, 2012, included.

All participants must be under the age of 35 at the date of November 28, 2018.

Eligible Regions: Open for All


The submission requires application completed in English, in each part exclusively on the BCFN YES! website.

Completed proposals must be submitted online through the BCFN web site.

Proposals and documents submitted by email will not be accepted.

A confirmation e-mail will be sent out to the Participants upon submission of the proposal.


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