First call for proposals for African European partnerships on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture

15 March 2017

This first call for proposals of LEAP-Agri is aimed at enhancing food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture. LEAP-Agri is an African – European initiative of thirty partners.

The  call for proposals invites consortia composed of at least four research organisations and/or private and public practitioners from the partner countries (two African and two European) to submit project proposals for research and innovation in the countries concerned and with an added value for the EU-AU partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture. Requirements may differ between countries: please check the Dutch eligibility criteria.

The proposal development and execution should be driven by local demand and include an approach that contributes to enhancing impact.

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Objective of the call

The call will consider three main topics and applicants are asked to submit proposals for research projects developing solutions to take care of:

  • Sustainable agricultural production intensification, in relation with social, economic and environmental aspects, including aquaculture;
  • Population nutrition and health in relation with agriculture and food systems;
  • Access to food, expansion and improvement of agricultural markets and trade, including local and territorial dynamics.

Projects proposals should take into consideration the different niches of agricultural production and trade covering the range of family farmers, as well as medium and large scale producers, their multicriterial performances, their contribution to local, regional and international markets, as well as the processing of food and grocery marketing, with a focus on rural and urban African population food security. All projects will have to include collaborative research.

To focus and connect the knowledge sharing and research uptake activities, projects will be asked to design a Theory of Change with a related Impact Pathway which mentions well-specified outputs and outcomes. Other actions related to innovation and mobility are strongly encouraged. 


LEAP-Agri is an African Union – European Union partnership between thirty partners aimed at research and innovation for food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture. The partnership is an ERA-NET co-fund financed by institutes and ministries from these countries with additional finances from the European Commission in support of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on science, technology and innovation and the implementation of the jointly funded EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership.

Source: NWO