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Cambridge Global Food Security

A Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge

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Open Funding Calls


Cambridge Global Food Security Early Career Researcher Travel Fund. Deadline 15th May 2017.

Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund grants of £1k-£20k for research, travel and training involving pairs of researchers from the University of Cambridge (also NIAB, Sanger Institute) and sub-Saharan African institutions, across all disciplines, to initiate or strengthen research collaborations. 25June deadline.



Royal Society International Collaboration Awards: Up to £75,000 per year for 3 years for UK research leaders to develop collaborations with the best research professors from around the world, to work on global challenges facing developing countries. Deadline 23 May 2017.

Royal Society UK-Israel Science Lectureships Grants: Up to £2,000 for short visits to develop collaborations or strengthen links, in priority sectors that include agri-science and antimicrobial resistance. Deadline 13 June 2017.

British Council Researcher Links Travel Grants (Fellowships) UK – Israel: £2,000 per month for Early Career Researchers to undertake a 1-6 month international research placement. Projects must be in priority sectors that include agri-science and antimicrobial resistance. Deadline 13 June 2017.

NERC Impact from Science of the Environment Programme: Awards of £2.5m-£4m available for a five-year programme to boost impact from NERC environmental science. Call opens 3 May; deadline 22 June 2017.

Innovation Follow-on Fund: enabling innovation in the UK & developing countries. Call opens 24 May; £1.65m available from NERC to support projects that deliver tangible benefits to end-users, particularly businesses, in the UK or internationally in OECD countries. Open to researchers with current or past NERC funding. Deadline 12 July 2017.

Tropical Agriculture Association awards to assist young British nationals to gain experience & understanding of international rural development. Up to £2,000 available, no deadline.

NERC: Follow-on Fund Pathfinder. 'Proof of concept' awards of up to £125,000 to support the commercialisation of ideas arising from NERC-funded research. No deadline.

BBSRC International Travel Award Scheme (ITAS) Up to £3,000, no deadline. Aims to help scientists add an international dimension to their BBSRC-funded research by making and establishing new contacts with international counterparts.

Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fund open to great ideas for engaging the public in conversations about health-related science and research. £5,000 - £3 million available, no deadline. 



The Africa Food Prize (Yara International): USD 100,000 prize to recognise an individual/ institution whose contributions to African agriculture are forging a new era of sustainable food security. Deadline 5 June 2017.

On Encounters with Nature & Place: Cambridge Conservation Initiative prose-writing competition. Submit up to 500 words on your encounters here. Deadline 11 June 2017, enquiries to

Frontiers of Knowledge Awards 2017: Fundacion BBVA competition, *Cambridge nominations must be submitted by the Research Strategy Office – email your nominations by 15 June 2017*. €400,000 to recognise basic research and creative work of excellence.

2018 ROLEX Awards for Enterprise: Seeking young leaders (ages 18-30) with proposals that will change the world. Categories: Environment; Applied Science & Technology; Exploration. 100,000CHF prize. Deadline 30 June 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

Putting Dirt in its Place: The Contemporary Politics of Waste

Jun 02, 2017

Alison Richard Building, Cambridge

Research Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance: Social & Biological Dimensions

Jun 06, 2017

Gillespie Centre, Clare College, Cambridge

Third European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2017

Jun 06, 2017

SECC, Exhibition Way, Glasgow G3 8YW

Cereals 2017

Jun 14, 2017

Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire

11th European Conference on Precision Agriculture

Jul 16, 2017

John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh First, 18 Holyrood Park Road Edinburgh EH16 5AY

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