NWA-Call open: Dutch National Research Agenda - Transition to a sustainable food system

10 July 2019

We produce large quantities of food for a relatively low price. How can we move to a food production system in which less is lost, natural resources are spared and soil ecology and biodiversity are strengthened?

The Dutch Research Agenda (NWA) programme makes budget available to investigate this question by a broad transdisciplinary consortium. All parties interested in a transition of the food system can submit a motivation form. The budget available for this call for proposals is € 2.77 million.

Sandpit workshop

This NWA call for proposals will start with a selection round during which all parties can express their interest in participating in the Sandpit workshop by submitting a motivation form. Parties may be researchers, knowledge institutes, schools, businesses, government agencies, farmers, consultancy firms, technologists, etc. Parties must be available to participate in the Sandpit workshop (21-24 January 2020). There a consortium will be formed.


The deadline for interested parties to submit a motivation form is 12 September 2019 at 2 p.m. CE(S)T. The deadline for the consortia (formed during the Sandpit workshop from 21 to 24 January 2020) to submit their full proposals is 24 March 2020 at 2 p.m. CE(S)T.

More information

The call for proposals on the theme ‘Transition to a sustainable food system’ is part of NWA line 2 of the NWA programme. In this line, NWO is working with relevant ministries. The initiator of this call is the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.

About the Dutch National Research Agenda

The Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA) describes broad, challenging subjects that require a national approach and with which Dutch research can strengthen society and the knowledge economy. The NWA was established through an innovative process that involved the input of citizens and scientists. The NWA is from and for everybody; therefore it can only be implemented with the involvement of everybody! On behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science  (OCW) NWO has funded interdisciplinary research across the entire knowledge chain in the context of the NWA since 2018, for example via thematic programming. The aim of the thematic NWA programmes, which are realised in collaboration with government ministries, is to find answers to current societal questions.

Source: NWO