Fourth call Food & Business Global Challenges Programme now open!

23 January 2017

WOTRO Science for Global Development, in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, launches the fourth call within the Global Challenges Programme (GCP), which is part of Food & Business Research. The call focuses on scaling up climate-smart agriculture.

Teams of researchers and other public or private partners from the Netherlands and from at least one Low or Middle Income Country are invited to submit, together with a CCAFS Project Leader, interdisciplinary and/or transdisciplinary proposals.

At 10 February 2017, 9:00 – 13:00hrs CET, a pre-proposal meeting is organised at the NWO offices , for potential applicants to be informed on CCAFS projects they can affiliate with. It is highly recommended for interested parties to attend the meeting. Registration is required; please register before 9 February, 12:00hrs noon CET via

Funding available

Within the call, research funding is available for Fast Track Research projects (FTR). FTR-projects may have a maximum duration of three years with a maximum budget of 250,000 euros. The CCAFS partner is required to provide in kind co-funding, striving for the equivalent of 250,000 euros.

Full FTR-research proposals should be submitted to NWO-WOTRO before 18 April 2017, but must be preceded by a Letter of Intent that is developed together with the CCAFS partner. The deadline for a Letter of Intent is 28 March 2017.

A pre-proposal meeting is organised at the NWO offices in the morning of 10 February 2017, for potential applicants. During this meeting, they will be informed on CCAFS projects that they can affiliate with.

About the Food & Business Global Challenges Programme

The Global Challenges Programme (GCP) aims to encourage scientific research and innovation projects (covering technological, organisational, 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. The programme is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and NWO and is managed by WOTRO.

For all relevant information on the call for proposals and how to apply for funding, visit the GCP funding page.

Source: NWO