Category Archives: Funding opportunities

Student Innovation Grants Round II – call for proposals

Up to 15 grants of $10,000 each to student research and class groups, will be awarded  including design challenges in senior-level capstone design classes, for up to 12 month projects, that test, pilot or scale innovations related to food systems.

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Farmers’ adoption of improved maize seeds in Ethiopia

Wageningen University designs a PhD funded research with US Agency for International Development on “Post-harvest & storage business models and farmers’ adoption of improved maize seed varieties in Ethiopia”

The GCFSI@WUR built upon the findings of the Scaling CRM convening in Washington DC to design a new project in Ethiopia. The project aims to investigate “how post-harvest and maize market information influence farmers’ demand for improved maize seeds”. As part of the project a “sandwich” PhD from Ethiopia will be hired for this work from late 2015 to 2018 with field work to start immediately after hiring.

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2nd Request for Applications: latest news and follow up

On March 16th, the 2nd Request for Application deadline of Michigan State University’s Global Centre for Food Systems Innovation (GCSFI) is expired.

Candidates could count on three grant levels: Innovation Scalability, Innovation Evaluation and Early Stage Innovation for which $500,000, $250,000 and $100,000. Staff at Wageningen University submitted or participated in six (6) applications: we wish them lots of success for achieving these grants!

A new RFA call with the same funding structure will come out most likely in September 2015 with deadline by November 2015.

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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.