CALL: Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF)

dinsdag, 4 maart, 2014

The Food & Business Applied Research Fund of NWO aims to finance research supported innovations that will improve the food security and private sector development in the 15 partner countries of Dutch development cooperation: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, Yemen.

Food security is defined as a focus area of Dutch development policy, in which the knowledge of the Dutch private and research sectors can assist the partner countries in improving their food security. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs funds ARF to support applied research projects that are driven by the knowledge demand of practitioner organisations (companies, NGOs etc) from the partner countries. The projects should evolve by a concerted effort of practitioners and research and/or higher education organisations (co-creation).

ARF will fund projects contributing to at least one of the four pillars of the Food Security Policy:

  1. Increasing sustainable agricultural production
  2. Ensuring equitable access to better nutrition
  3. Improving inclusive access to markets
  4. Enabling a better business climate

Who can apply:

1. A private or public practitioner organisation from one of the 15 partner countries of Dutch development cooperation acting as the main applicant.
2. A research organisation from a partner country or from the Netherlands, acting as a co-applicant.

In the execution of the project at least one researcher from a partner country must be involved.

Budget: The subsidy contribution requested is minimum € 50.000 for a six month period with a maximum of € 300,000 for a three year period.

Co-funding by private practitioners organisations: Private practitioners partners (for profit and non-profit) involved in the project execution must together contribute 20% to the total project budget in cash or in kind.

Deadline for submission of applications: 15 April 2014 12:00 CET.

More information: see enclosed flyer.