The 2017 BCFN YES! (Young Earth Solutions) Research Grant Competition seeks groundbreaking research ideas that have a high impact potential for the sustainability of food systems. Young PhD and postdoc researchers from any background and nationality are invited to submit a research project to improve the sustainability of the food system.Emerging experts are encouraged to submit studies that are innovative, have a promise of significant impact, and can meet global research needs. Project submissions can be related to new or ongoing research.
The objective of the research proposal is to make more sustainable one or more themes of the agri-food system, in terms of environmental, social, health and/o economic aspects.
Areas of particular interest include:
•Sustainable and healthy diets;
•Urban food systems and policies;
•Resilient agriculture, land use change and agro-ecology;
•The nexus between climate change, energy and food;
•Sustainable water management;
•Food supply chains;
•Ecosystems and ecosystem services;
•Food waste reduction;
•Food policy development;
•Food security: availability, access, utilization, stability;
•Communication technologies and networks;
•Youth and women’s involvement in agriculture.
Completed proposals must be submitted online through the BCFN website by June 28, 2017, 11:59 pm CET. Winners receive a 20,000 € (US$21,367) research grant applied to a one-year investigation. This year, BCFN will award a maximum of three teams the Research Grant. All finalists become BCFN Alumni, a global network bringing together people, resources, and experiences where the dialogue on these topics is kept alive.