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UN World Food Program Centre of Excellence against Hunger Research Awards

Awards of: The United Nations WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger
World Food Program
Rome, Italy
Application Deadline: 2 April, 2017

As part of our 5-year anniversary celebration, the Centre of Excellence against Hunger, in partnership with the University Centre of Brasília, are pleased to announce the launch of the Research Papers Contest ”Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security: Building Bridges between Durable Agricultural Practices and School Feeding Programmes”.

The contest is open to students enrolled in graduate programmes in any part of the world, as well as professors and graduated researchers in International Law, International Relations, Political Science, Social Sciences or related fields. The three top winners will take part in international study trips organized by the WFP Centre of Excellence. Articles must be submitted in English. The deadline for submission is 07 February 2017.


The contest will award scientific research articles on sustainable food and nutrition security that show the bridges between durable agricultural practices and school feeding. The contest will select the best papers in two distinct categories:

The three top research papers will be selected for the main prizes, delivered throughout 2017:

  • 1st place: participate in an international study mission with Centre of Excellence’s team;
  • 2nd place: accompany the Centre of Excellence’s team in a study mission in Brazil;
  • 3rd place: join the Centre of Excellence’s team in a study mission in Brasília.

The best five papers (including the top three) will be selected for the additional prize:

  • Articles published in 2017 as complete research papers in the Brazilian Journal of International Law, a leading scientific magazine in Brazil.

Accordingly, the Centre of Excellence expects the winners to:

  • Be able to travel to the chosen destination chosen by the Centre in 2017;
  • Possess a valid passport for the duration of the visit and six months beyond the period of the trip;
  • Be able to apply for and obtain a visa, if necessary;
  • Obtain at her/his own cost a health insurance valid in the destination country.

Chosen research papers are to be announced in April 2017.

Manuscripts must be submitted in English. The Brazilian Journal of International Law and the Centre reserve the right to reject articles if the language level is insufficient.

Authors must hold or must be enrolled in Master’s, PhD or Postdoctoral course, and/or have a strong professional/academic background in International Law, International Relations,
Political Science, Social Sciences or related field at the time of submission. The editors will reject manuscripts before review if they are not suitable for the journal; for example, because of low adherence to The Brazilian Journal of International Law editorial policy and scope, inadequate or imprecise analytical development, inconsistent formatting or non-compliance with our submission guidelines, and poor writing style (this list is not exhaustive).


  • The deadline for submission is 07 February 2017.
  • Participants must submit 1) One manuscript in .doc or .docx format; and 2) one signed and fulfilled application form attached to this call

Call for Funding Proposals: Transformations to Sustainability

Awards of: The Belmont Forum & NORFACE & ISSC
Paris, France
Application Deadline: 5 April, 2017

Over €13 million available for social science-led research on transformations to sustainability.

Outline Proposals are invited by 5 April 2017.

Climate change, environmental degradation and resource pressures have created unprecedented situations for societies worldwide. What’s more, low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are likely to be disproportionally affected. The slow progress on the many pressing challenges of global environmental change and global development has led to increasing emphasis, both in research and policy, on the need to go beyond the study and encouragement of incremental change.

There is a need for more fundamental transformations in the way societies interact with each other and with the natural environment. What’s needed is a comprehensive and concerted research initiative that can boost research on transformations to sustainability, and catalyse new kinds of solutions to environmental and social challenges.

The Belmont Forum, NORFACE and the ISSC together as the Transformations to Sustainability funders, are therefore launching the new funding programme “Transformations to Sustainability” (T2S).

This programme will contribute to re-structuring the broad field of sustainability research by placing social science, as well as the humanities, at the heart of interdisciplinary research in a step-change in scale and scope for research programming on this topic. Co-production of knowledge and research problem formulation is considered to be critical to the process of societal transformation. Therefore, proposal applicants are strongly encouraged to include stakeholder or community-based partners in their projects.

It is important that projects in this research programme be led by a Main Applicant from social sciences/humanities (SSH) and primarily predicated not on the development and demonstration of technological innovation, but rather on enhancing our understanding of societal aspects of transformation in relation to sustainability. At the same time, the concrete challenges around which the needs of and opportunities for societal transformations to sustainability are researched can also provide innovative approaches that will reinvigorate social science analysis. To study the challenges targeted in this call, both inter- and transdisciplinary approaches that enable researchers to address the interconnections and interdependencies between natural and human systems, as well as between science and society, are needed. Applicants are therefore strongly encouraged to include in their research teams relevant expertise from other fields of science, including the natural sciences, and to engage societal stakeholders, including community-based partners, in formulating research problems and co-developing and co-implementing knowledge on transformations. In addition, applications are strongly encouraged to build effective research partnerships with regions of the world where knowledge and expertise relevant to sustainability challenges have thus far been under exploited.

This programme has two major objectives:

  • To develop understanding of and promote research on transformations to sustainability which are of significant social, economic and policy concern throughout the world and of great relevance to both academics and stakeholders.
  • To build capacity, overcome fragmentation and have a lasting impact on both society and the research landscape by cultivating durable research collaboration across multiple borders, disciplinary boundaries, and with practitioners and societal partners. This includes facilitating the development of new research collaborations with parts of the world which are not often involved in large-scale international research efforts, notably low- and middle-income countries.

The programme is structured around three themes, described in detail in the full call for proposals. Every research project should focus on at least one of these themes.

Thematic areas:

  • Governance and institutional dimensions of transformations to sustainability
  • Economy and finance of transformations to sustainability
  • Well-being, quality of life, identity, and social and cultural values in relation to transformations to sustainability

Proposals on the above described specific research themes may also include one or both of the following cross-cutting issues, also described in detail in the accompanying documentation.

Cross-cutting issues:
Conceptual aspects of processes of transformation
Methodological innovation
The themes and the cross-cutting issues for the programme have been prepared by an international, multi-disciplinary Theme Expert Group.

Applicants should always consider whether diversity perspectives (such as gender and ethnic background) are relevant to the research questions the project will examine. If this is the case, these perspectives and the way they will be treated in the project must be described in the application.

The funding available for this T2S programme over a period of three years has been set at a minimum of 13 M€ across the international funding partners.

October 2016 – Pre-announcement of the programme
January 2017 – Launch of the programme and publication of the Call documents
5 April 2017, 17.00 Eastern Standard Time – Deadline submission Outline Proposals
March – June 2017 – Evaluation of Outline Proposals
June 2017 – Applicants will be informed about the decision on Outline Proposals
26 September 2017 – Deadline submission Full Proposals
October – December 2017 – Peer-review of Full Proposals
January 2018 – Rebuttal by applicants
February 2018 – Panel meeting to evaluate Full Proposals
March  2018 – National decision-making procedures
April 2018 – Applicants will be informed about the decision on Full Proposals