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Cambridge Global Food Security

A Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge

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Open Funding Calls


Restricted Call* Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships & Engineering for Development Research Fellowships.  5-year Research Fellowship + £25k for international collaboration. Internal deadline 21 July 2017.

Restricted Call* MRC GCRF Call: Confidence in Global Nutrition and Health Research: Institutional 'pump-priming' awards to develop new opportunities in Global Nutrition and Health research

£200,000 for up to 12 months, per award, to provide institutional 'pump-priming' funds to lay the groundwork for future large scale, multidisciplinary, cross-country global nutrition and health research bids addressing issues of primary relevance to lower middle income countries (LMICs). It is expected that these funds will help develop new strategies in global nutrition and health research, within and across institutions and in partnership with LMICs. Internal selection form due by 4 Aug 2017.

Restricted Call* British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships (not yet open). Internal deadline 6 Sept 2017.

Restricted Call* ESRC Transformative Research 2017-18 Up to £250k per project for up to 24 months, to stimulate genuinely transformative research at the frontiers of social sciences. Deadline 31 Oct 2017.

Restricted Call*  GCRF Call: Interdisciplinary Research Hubs to Address Intractable Challenges Faced by Developing Countries £8m-£20m available for each Hub over 5 years, starting 1 Dec 2018. Intention to submit due 29 Sept 2017, outline proposals by 9 Nov 2017.


*Restricted Call Information for Cambridge Researchers: The University of Cambridge runs an internal selection process for calls where the number of applications per institution is limited. Contact the Initiative Coordinator for further details on this process for any specific call. 





Innovation Forum Cambridge Branch. Pitching competition for researchers. A great opportunity for researchers to gain extra presentation skills & potentially secure industry collaborations. Deadline 28 July 2017.

Horizontal Innovation: Includes Agri-tech and Food & Drink Challenges. Transfer & apply pre-existing technologies and knowledge from one industrial sector to another. Up to £50k available. Deadline 31 July 2017.

Technology Touching Life Networks call (BBSRC/ MRC/ EPSRC). Aims to foster interdisciplinary research into innovative, and potentially disruptive, technological capabilities that will drive world-leading discovery research in the health and life sciences. Proposals up to £1m for 36-48 month projects. 27 July 2017 deadline for outline applications. In addition to the Networks call, funding will be available for supporting research programmes through responsive/ standard mode.Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science 2017. Prize £2,000. Deadline for nominations 31 July 2017.

RISE: Making Connections - Public Affairs and Media Training Opportunity The call seeks applications from researchers supported on current EPSRC grants who are interested in policy and evidence-based decision making, and are keen to acquire new communications skills.  The aim is to provide researchers with the skills they need to make and expand their networks, and that following the training they will make up to five new connections with policy makers, parliamentarians, industrialists and academics in order to inform new audiences and act as advocates for Engineering and Physical Science. Deadline 31 July 2017. 

The Global Youth Video Competition invites young people around the world to submit short videos showcasing what they are doing to combat climate change. Open to young people 18-30. Deadline 18 August 2017.

International prize for alimentation. Prize of €100k to reward mid-career scientists for pioneering research in food choice and determinants. Danone Institute. Deadline 15 Sept deadline 2017.


Global food security is a major research priority for UK and international science.

Cambridge Global Food Security is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge. We promote an interdisciplinary approach to addressing the challenge of ensuring all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and preferences for an active and healthy life. 

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Upcoming events

Total Food 2017

Oct 31, 2017

Institute of Food Research, Norwich, NR4 7UA

REAP Conference 2017

Nov 07, 2017

Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton

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