Understanding the Challenges of the Food System: Research Grants Available


Understanding the Challenges of the Food System

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have come together under the auspices of the Global Food Security programme, to jointly fund four to six research grants relating to understanding the challenges of the food system. Joint funding of up to £1.87M at 100 per cent full economic costing is available for this call. 

The UK food system is embedded in a wider system that is increasingly globalised and seemingly prone to periodic scares and crises. The FSA and ESRC have identified an area of mutual interest around the challenges that this presents to the UK agri-food system, food safety, food fraud/crime and consumer trust. The funders are keen to support research around the safety and confidence effects of different approaches to food provision, supply chain management and organisation, and how any findings might lead to policy interventions and influence consumer, regulator and industry behaviours.

The closing date for proposals will be16.00 on Thursday 30 January 2014. Proposals should be submitted electronically using the Research Council’s Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) form.


Call opens                                                      27 November 2013

Call closes                                                      30 January 2014 at 16.00 hours

Panel decision meeting                                   w/c 28 April 2014

Decisions                                                        May 2014

Further information

For further guidance and information please contact:

  • Teresa Tucker:

Email: ESRCChallengesofFoodSystem@esrc.ac.uk

Telephone: 01793 442858

Enquiries relating to the Je-S application procedure should be addressed to:

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