Funding Opportunity with GCFSI, Michigan State University: Second Round RFA is now Live – $100,000 – $250,000 – $ 500,000 Grants

Michigan State University’s Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI) is seeking applicants who can help create innovation in the global food system by finding, incubating and evaluating new and potentially game-changing knowledge and technology based solutions to development challenges, especially those related to population growth, climate change and urbanization. This RFA requests applications at the following three grant levels: Innovation Scalability Grants (maximum $500,000 each, with a required 1:1 match) Innovation Evaluation Grants (maximum $250,000 each) Early Stage Innovation Grants (maximum $100,000 each)

Thematic Areas

Applications are only accepted in the following thematic areas:

  1. Weather data for climate-smart agriculture
  2. Improved ability of smallholder farmers to adapt to climate variability and change
  3. Improved ability of agricultural researchers to provide agronomic recommendations
  4. Assistance to small entrepreneurs in food processing
  5. Innovations in the informal urban food sector
  6. Gender-sensitive ICT-based approaches to improving women’s access to urban markets
  7. Marketing meat and dairy products without extensive cold chain development
  8. Projecting labor market and skill needs for agri-food businesses
  9. Improving effective use of mobile phone-based agricultural services by small farmers
  10. Promoting gender equitable access to profitable markets

The application deadline is March 16, 2015 17:00 US Eastern Time. Read detailed descriptions and background information on the thematic areas, basic eligibility, geographic focus and more here.


This is the official account of Global Center for Food Systems Innovation at Wageningen University. The Students' Blog,, is attached to this account.

Posted on April 9, 2015, in Funding opportunities and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi to all the GCFSI, i’m a ugandan joining for university for a course in Bsc. in Food and Agribusiness from Gulu university. Do you offer scholarship such a course? If yes how can i access the scholarship for my studies in uganda


    • Hello Fred,
      Thank you for contacting us and following us on our blog. Global Center for Food Systems Innovation is a consortium of 7 Innovation labs, spread all over the wourld. The leading institution is the branch directed by Michigan State Universirty, which was the author of the post you commented on.
      We, Global Center for Food Systems Innovation at Wageningen University do not manage scholarships for courses at Wageninegen University, but, as you might already know, you have to refer to the Ducth De Nuffic program.

      From time to time and based on the specific needs of our research projects, we offer Wageningen Bachelor, MSc. and PhD students the chance to take part in our research. Sometimes, those opportunities are paid, but not always. So, keep in touch with us on our Blog and FB (GCFSI at WUR) page to be updated on know projects and funding opportunities.

      Kind regards,

      Lavinia Plararoti
      Intern at GCFSI at WUR
      You can find the updates


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: