Pre-announcement third call Food & Business Applied Research Fund

12 January 2016

In April 2016 NWO-WOTRO will launch the third call for proposals for the Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF), one of the two funding instruments within Food & Business Research. ARF provides grants for demand-driven applied research that contributes to food security in the 15 partner countries of Dutch development cooperation, with an additional focus on Bangladesh and Kenya.

In the first quarter of 2016 NWO-WOTRO will launch the third call for proposals for the Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF), one of the two funding instruments within Food & Business Research. ARF provides grants for demand-driven applied research that contributes to food security in the 15 partner countries of Dutch development cooperation.

The focus of the third call relates to the new Dutch food security policy and proposals should relate to one or more of its pillars:

  1. Eradicating existing hunger and malnutrition. (‘people’)
  2. Promoting inclusive and sustainable growth in the agricultural sector. (‘profit’)
  3. Creating ecologically sustainable food systems. (‘planet’)

Call conditions

Research proposals also need to invest in the enabling business and policy environment at least at the local level. Bottlenecks at the more systemic level often hamper scaling, application and/or innovation potential. This call asks to identify these bottlenecks and to reflect on possible solutions.

Next to the 15 countries it will be possible to apply for a grant more specifically related to the food security of two of these countries. The choice and focus of these countries is being decided upon.

Consortia of practitioner and research or higher education organisations may apply. The budget per application may be 50,000 - 300,000 euros for projects with a duration of 0,5 – 3 years. Requirements are to a large extent similar to the previous call. Higher rates for salary costs and overhead will be allowed. A maximum budget of  4 Million euros is available.

Proposals can be submitted to NWO-WOTRO continuously until the final deadline. Proposals will be collected and assessed in two different rounds. Please follow the WOTRO Newsflash, the Food & Business website or the website of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform for further information and the launching of the call.

Source: NWO