Transforming the UK food system for healthy people and a healthy environment

UKRI in partnership with government will shortly announce a call for research to fundamentally transform the UK food system, by placing healthy people and a healthy natural environment at its centre. Proposals will be invited for interdisciplinary consortia to take a food systems approach, linking healthy and accessible diets with sustainable food production and supply to help drive food system transformation.

This challenge will require collaboration across multiple disciplines, for example agri-food, environmental, nutritional and social sciences (including expertise in soil science, crop and animal production, aquaculture, biodiversity and ecosystem services, systems engineers, data science, agricultural economics, food science, food manufacturing, food markets, nutrition, biomedical and clinical science, epidemiology, economics, behavioural, social and political science). It will also require collaboration with multiple stakeholders, for example government, industry and civil society.

This programme will address health, environmental and social challenges simultaneously, and will bring together researchers and stakeholders to provide evidence for multi-pronged and simultaneous action across the food system.

This is the first call of a wider £47.5 million interdisciplinary research programme led by the Global Food Security Programme (GFS) and supported by UKRI’s Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF). The call is administered by Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and partners include Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), Medical Research Council (MRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC), Public Health England (PHE), Innovate UK and Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Two workshops will be held to communicate more details about the research call and facilitate networking. Attendance at the workshop is not mandatory for applicants to the research calls.

  • Manchester (city centre) Monday 21st October
  • London (central) Friday 25th October

Workshops will run from 10:30 – 16:30 on both days.

Expression of interest for workshop participation closes: 13th October 12:00pm

Attendance will be confirmed by: 15th October (Manchester event) and 17th October (London event)

In order to be eligible, attendees should be

  • Employed as a researcher at a UK Higher Education Institute, Research Institute, or Independent Research Organisation that is eligible to receive grant funding from the Research Councils. More information about eligibility for Research Council funding see UK Research and Innovation: Eligibility for funding. Researchers based outside of the UK will not be eligible
  • A representative of a UK based business, regulatory body, academic organisation, research and technology organisation (RTO), charity or civil society organisation

Deadline: October 15, 2019
Date: October 25, 2019

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