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Cambridge Global Food Security

A Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge

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Open Funding Calls


Vice-Chancellor’s Awards 2017: All University of Cambridge researchers are eligible to apply for awards in the areas of Impact and Public Engagement with Research. Deadline 21 April 2017.

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

Healthy diet in early years: NIHR Public Health Research Programme. Deadline 25 April 2017.

India-UK Water Quality: Joint NERC, ESPRC, DST call to a new 3-year research programme. Deadline 26 April 2017.

Understanding the challenge of resistance in agriculture. BBSRC Open Call to encourage research into resistance to chemicals used in crop protection or veterinary practice. Deadline 27 April 2017 (Intention to Submit: 29 March 2017).

BBSRC New Investigator Scheme: assists early-career researchers to secure their first major element of research funding. Deadline 27 April 2017.

BBSRC Future Leader Fellowships: up to £300,000 to support researchers wishing to undertake independent research and gain leadership skills. Deadline 11 May 2017.

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.



Longitude Prize – Discovery Awards: £10 million prize fund to reward a diagnostic test that helps solve the problem of global antibiotic resistance. Deadline 21 April 2017.

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.

 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.


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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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Next Steps for Sugar Reduction

Apr 27, 2017

Central London-UK Headquarters, 4 Bracknell Beeches, Old Bracknell Lane West, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 7BW

Tackling Childhood Obesity: Are we doing enough?

May 11, 2017

Howard Lecture Theatre, Downing College

Transfer of Crop Research Knowledge to Small Farmers

May 16, 2017

NIAB Innovation Farm, Villa Road, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9NZ

Third European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2017

Jun 06, 2017

SECC, Exhibition Way, Glasgow G3 8YW

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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