Food & Business Global Challenges Programme (GCP)

GCP aims to generate research –based advanced understanding of 1) emerging key issues in food security and their impact on regional and local food security and 2) the role of private sector development. Transdisciplinary proposals can be submitted by teams of researchers and other (public/private) partners from both the Netherlands and from at least one Low or Middle-Income Country. This fourth GCP call is developed in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

On 10 February a pre-proposal meeting took place on the fourth GCP call and the options for collaboration with CCAFS. See the presentations below

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The Food & Business GCP aims to encourage scientific research and innovation projects (covering technological, organizational, policy, and social innovations) on food security and related private sector development that contribute to long-term access to affordable, safe and nutritious food for vulnerable and resource-poor populations in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs).

The aim of this call is to contribute to business models, incentives and innovative finance for scaling Climate Smart Agriculture.  The focus of this call has been identified by the Steering Committee of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform in consultation with experts, including those from CCAFS. To facilitate outcomes, proposed activities should be complementary to and reinforce existing (field) research initiatives of CCAFS.

Who can apply

Proposals should be submitted by consortia of research organisations, a public and/or private organisation from a Low or Middle-Income Country (LMIC) and CCAFS.

The consortium coordinator (who is the main applicant) should be a senior researcher with a PhD degree employed by a Dutch research institute (partner 1). Other consortium members should be at least one senior researcher from an LMIC research organisation (partner 2), a representative of another (non-academic) public or private organisation from the LMIC involved (partner 3) and a CCAFS Project Leader  (partner 4). Partner 3 can be from any public or private organisation that can be seen as an actor or stakeholder in food security. Partner 4 can be identified in consultation with CCAFS.

Additional partners from (other) LMIC or high income countries are welcomed and encouraged.

What to apply for

A maximum of 250,000 euro can be applied for per Fast Track Research project (FTR), with a duration of two to three years. FTR projects focus on short-term research and may consist of exploratory research, policy oriented research or research with a more applied focus, but should remain of an analytical nature. Each consortium can apply for one FTR project. This call invites full proposals for FTR projects to be submitted, preceded by a Letter of Intent.

In-kind co-funding of CCAFS to cover the personnel costs of partner 4 is a prerequisite.

Reimbursable costs in general include:

  • Personnel costs of PhD, post-doc, junior and/or senior researchers and other staff (not-for profit);
  • Knowledge, research and innovation costs;
  • Knowledge sharing and research uptake costs;
  • Overhead

When to apply

Full FTR applications may be submitted until 18 April 2017, 14:00 hours  CET and need to be preceded by a Letter of Intent (please find instructions below) that may be submitted until 28 March 2017, 14:00 hours CET.                                                             



I Scientific quality:

  • Potential to generate new knowledge and insights and complementarity to CCAFS and other research programmes;
  • Adequacy of the research approach including the robustness of the conceptual framework or experimental set-up, and the coherence of the hypotheses, research questions and methods;
  • Quality and adequacy of integrating the food system perspective;
  • Feasibility of the research design;
  • Complementarity, range and level of integration of the interdisciplinary approach.


II Relevance for innovation in development:

  • Extent to which the research questions and the intended research results are expected to contribute to the scaling of Climate Smart Agriculture;
  • Potential for contribution to the demand of end-users, such as farmers, service providers (e.g. civil society organisations, extension staff), private sector parties and/or government officials;
  • Extent to which the proposal is rooted in a transdisciplinary approach: adequacy and complementarity of the various partners involved in relation to the issue at stake;
  • Potential for long-term knowledge relations;
  • Quality and feasibility of the Theory of Change and research impact pathway with indicators.


III Quality of collaboration and capacity building:

  • Strength of partnership: experience of partners with the issue at stake and embeddedness of CCAFS partner in consortium;
  • Extent to which the division of labour is clearly described and adequate;
  • Potential for improving the capabilities of individuals and institutes to learn and innovate, the ability to share knowledge and create a supportive learning environment;
  • Value for Money: adequacy of the budget.


Procedure for Integrated Projects

An information meeting on CCAFS projects is organised on 10 February 2017. After composing a consortium, including identification of a CCAFS Project Leader, applicants must first submit a Letter of Intent, preceding the full application. Full applications are assessed by the International Advisory Committee (IAC) and are prioritised accordingly, based upon comments of independent reviewers and the response of the consortia to these. The Programme Committee takes the final decision on funding, based on the recommendations received from the IAC.



Closed for application


18 April 2017 14:00

Grant type



max. 4.5 Million Euros

Science area

WOTRO Science for Global Development


Food & Business Research


Thematic research and public -private partnership (2015-2018) Theme: Agro, Food and Horticulture (2011-2014)


Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Food & Business Knowledge Platform


Ms Corinne Lamain MSc Ms Corinne Lamain MSc +31 (0)70 3440924