The Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation (BCFN) is a private non-profit apolitical institution established in 2014 as the natural evolution of a previous think tank within the Barilla Group initiated in 2009. The multidisciplinary research team includes professionals from different fields. The Advisory Board guarantees for the Foundation’s activities, and is composed of scientists and internationally renowned experts.
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.
Since the very first edition, BCFN YES! has embodied the identity and the ambition of the BCFN Foundation. Indeed, it brings together young people from around the world, with different disciplinary approaches, and invites them to come up with practical projects to create a better balance between food sustainability and environmental sustainability.
The goal of the contest is to find solutions to the food paradoxes, through innovative, practical and multi-disciplinary ideas.
Value of the grant: 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.
Deadline: Completed proposals must be submitted online through the BCFN website by June 14, 2018 11:59 a.m. CEST.
- The 2018 BCFN YES! is designed for individual or multidisciplinary and cross-national research teams 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.
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.
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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