Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition 2016 Research Grant Competition

BCFN YES! (Young Earth Solutions) is an international competition for young students and researchers, first launched in 2012. The BCFN Foundation invites researchers from across the world to present innovative, high-impact projects capable of meeting global research requirements, which are in line with the central themes of the BCFN Foundation such as food, nutrition, health, and sustainability.

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Scope and Approach

The BCFN Foundation 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 proposals for a research grant of €20,000 euros.

It is provided for Ph.D. and postdoc students, participating as an 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. Thus, the objectives of the BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition are:

  • To encourage young scientists to undertake research in the field of challenging issues related to food and nutrition
  • To foster collaborative investigations
  • To open new areas of research and create the next generation of experts in the field of food and nutrition
  • To promote an evidence-based and comprehensive analysis on the current concerns in the field
  • To determine solutions for improved food security and healthy and sustainable nutrition


The BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition is designed for individual or multidisciplinary and/or cross-national research teams that consist of a maximum of three components hereinafter referred to as “Participants.”

Students/applicants who are currently pursuing doctoral degrees are eligible, as well as researchers/applicants with a Ph.D. or a doctoral degree received after December 2014. All participants must be under the age of 35 as of Saturday, December 31, 2016.


Completed proposals must be submitted through the BCFN website by Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. A confirmation email will be sent to the participants upon submission of the proposal.

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Per Illinois Tech policy, all grant applications (federal and non-federal) must be reviewed, signed and submitted by the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs regardless of the amount of the request. Complete your routing sheet as soon as possible here. Contact or call at 312.567.3035 for more information on submitting a proposal.