Deadline: June 14, 2018.

About BCFN YES! 2018

The 2018 BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition invites young PhD and postdoc researchers from any background and nationality to submit a research project to improve the sustainability of the food system.

The award is a 20.000 € research grant applied to a one-year investigation. A maximum of three teams will be awarded the Research Grant.


The Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation (BCFN) is a private non-profit apolitical institution established in 2014 as the natural evolution of a previous think tank within the Barilla Group initiated in 2009. The multidisciplinary research team includes professionals from different fields. The Advisory Board guarantees for the Foundation’s activities, and is composed of scientists and internationally renowned experts

Scope and Approach

The BCFN focuses on young talents by supporting higher education and interdisciplinary research, to advance the knowledge base in food and sustainability. The BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition invites young talents to submit research proposals for a Research Grant of 20,000 €. A maximum of three research proposals will be awarded the BCFN YES! Research Grant. The Research Grant is intended to support researchers in the early stage of their career, who are pursuing or have completed a PhD, participating as individual or as a team. The BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition encourages the participation of teams from different disciplines and/or countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches.

Research fields

The 2018 BCFN YES! calls for concrete research proposals for making more sustainable the agri-food system (in terms of environmental, social, health and/or economic aspects), that are coherent with the BCFN research projects.

Research proposals are to be proposed in one or more of the following areas:

  • Sustainable and healthy dietary patterns;
  • Sustainable agriculture;
  • Food security.

The BCFN wants to support studies that are innovative, have a promise of major impact, are result-oriented and look at food systems and food value chains with a systemic approach, preferably, where relevant, blending scientific knowledge with local knowledge. Country case studies and identification of best practice are strongly encouraged.

Who can participate?

The 2018 BCFN YES! is designed for

  • individual or multidisciplinary and cross-national research teams of a maximum of three components.The Competition encourages the participation of teams from different disciplines and countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches.
  • Applicants who are currently pursuing doctoral degrees are eligible, as well as researchers with a completed PhD.All applicants must be/have enrolled after January 1st, 2012, included.
  • All participants must be under the age of 35 at the date of November 28, 2018.

Evaluation Criteria

The BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition Jury will evaluate the proposals in two stages, with the assistance of additional members (experts in specific sectors) in those cases where the methodology warrants. The proposals will be judged on:

  • Consistency with the topic areas and the BCFN Foundation’s mission
  • Significance of the problem
  • Design of the study
  • Actionability, outcomes and impact;
  • The investigator’s qualifications (possession of the requisite skills)
  • The appropriateness of the schedule and the likelihood that the work will be accomplished on time
  • Budget allocation
  • Innovation
  • Scalability
  • Outreach potential
  • Completeness of the application.

For more information and application, visit the official website BCFN YES! 2018.