Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition: YES! Research Grant

Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition

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Grant amount: €20,000

Anticipated deadline: Jun 14, 2019 2:59am PDT

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher PhD Student

Funding uses: Research, Capital Project

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Age restriction: No more than 35 years of age

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 6 years of receiving their PhD

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The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (hereinafter “BCFN Foundation” or “BCFN”) is a center for analysis, study and proposals. Its objective is the in-depth study of significant topics linked to food and nutrition on a global scale. It works by gathering experiences and qualified skills worldwide and fostering an on-going, open dialogue using a rigorously multidisciplinary approach.


The BCFN Foundation is strongly committed to addressing the future challenges of food. The Foundation is focused on reducing hunger, fighting food waste, and promoting healthy lifestyles and sustainable agriculture. In 2014, the BCFN Foundation has called upon national governments, international organizations and civil society to sign a Protocol on Food, Nutrition, and Sustainability – the Milan Protocol – aimed at promoting concrete and coordinated actions to address the main issues related to the sustainability of the global food system. In 2015, with the help of the BCFN Alumni –young thought leaders from 20 countries representing five continents – the BCFN Foundation drafted the Youth Manifesto on Food, People and the Planet. The document resulted from an intense workshop in which the young pictured change through seven key roles for the food system: policymakers, farmers, activists, educators, the food industry, journalists and researchers.

Scope and Approach

The BCFN Foundation focuses on young talents by supporting higher education and interdisciplinary research, to advance the knowledge base in food and sustainability.


BCFN YES! (Young Earth Solutions) is an international competition for young students and researchers from across the globe. Launched for the first time in 2012, the aim of the initiative is to reward the best ideas about food and sustainability. Projects are assessed by an international jury according to their social impact, innovation, originality and feasibility and the best win a monetary prize to implement them.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligibility:
    • The BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition is designed for individual or multidisciplinary and/or cross-national research teams that consist of a maximum of three components (hereinafter “Participants”).
    • Applicants who are pursuing or have completed a PhD degree, who are/have enrolled in the PhD program from January 1st 2011 included, are eligible. 
    • All the Participants must be under the age of 35 at the date of December 31, 2017.
  • The objectives of the BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition are:
    • To encourage young scientists to undertake research in the field of challenging issues related to food and nutrition
    • To foster collaborative investigations
    • To open new areas of research and creating next generation of experts in the field of food and nutrition
    • To promote an evidence based and comprehensive analysis on the current concerns in the field
    • To determine solutions for improved food security and healthy and sustainable nutrition
  • Potential Topic Areas: The BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition offers the opportunity to put into action concrete proposals that will have the objective of making more sustainable one or more themes of the agri-food system (in terms of environmental, social, health and/or economic aspects). Among others, we consider the following areas of particular interest:
    • Sustainable and healthy diets
    • Urban food systems and policies
    • Resilient agriculture, land use change and agroecology
    • The nexus between climate change, energy and food
    • Sustainable water management
    • Food supply chains
    • Ecosystems and ecosystem services
    • Healthy lifestyles
    • Food waste reduction
    • Food policy development
    • Food security: availability, access, utilisation, stability
    • Communication technologies and networks
    • Youth and women’s involvement in agriculture
  • The BCFN wants to support studies that are innovative, have a promise of major impact, or can meet global research needs.
  • The funding shall be applied to a one-year investigation.
  • BCFN encourages submission of:
    • Either new or ongoing research projects
    • Either unfunded proposals  or projects that are co-financed by a research institute, trust, foundation, university, private companies, venture capital funds angel investors


  • The competition encourages research ideas that might be considered ground-breaking with potential to be of high impact for the sustainability of the agri-food system, and the review will be weighted to this innovation factor.
  • The competition encourages the participation of teams from different disciplines and/or countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches.


  • Submissions will be disqualified if they exhibit one or more of the following:
    • Lack of adherence to submission requirements
    • Poor quality in the writing
    • Poor organization of material
    • Lack of specificity on required elements
    • Lack of appropriate instrument samples
    • Lack of appropriate theoretical framework
  • Research Integrity: Cases of scientific misconduct such as fabrication, falsification, plagiarism or misrepresentation of data will be considered as breaches of fundamental ethical principles and may result in the rejection of proposals and the revocation of the research Grant recognized by BCFN.