Food & Business Research

Food & Business Research provides grants to consortia of researchers and practitioners (private and/or public) for research that contributes to food security in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). Cooperation within the programme between public and private parties is expected to facilitate the utilisation of results research, thus contributing to new products, policies and practices. The activity consists of two separate funding instruments: the Food & Business Global Challenges Programme and the Food & Business Applied Research Fund.


Food & Business Research is related to the food security knowledge policy of the Dutch government (implemented through the Food & Business Knowledge Agenda) and is positioned within the Innovation Contracts of the Dutch top sectors Agri & Food and Horticulture & Propagation Materials. The programme consists of two separate funding instruments:

  • The Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF) promotes research supported innovation that is demand-driven, evolves in co-creation and whose results are readily applicable by practitioners in partner countries of Dutch development cooperation.
  • The Food & Business Global Challenges Programme (GCP) promotes research that contributes to sustainable solutions for global food security, in particular for vulnerable and resource-poor populations in LMICs.

Who can apply

The ARF is open for applications by consortia consisting of at least one practitioner organisation (i.e. companies, NGOS, governmental organisations) from a partner country and one research or higher education organisation. One Dutch partner in the consortium is required.

GCP proposals should be submitted by consortia of research organisations and a public and/or private organisation from the Netherlands and at least one Low or Middle-Income Country (LMIC).

Enterprises are especially encouraged to participate.

For further details, please refer to the call documents.

Choose a funding instrument


Grant type



Closed for application


6 December 2016 14:00


Theme: Agro, Food and Horticulture (2011-2014)

Science area

WOTRO Science for Global Development


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