Persone, alimentazione e ambiente.

BCFN YES! 2018

Sustainable development is our challenge

Since the very first edition, BCFN YES! has embodied the identity and the ambition of the BCFN Foundation. Indeed, it brings together young people from around the world, with different disciplinary approaches, and invites them to come up with practical projects to create a better balance between food sustainability and environmental sustainability.

The goal of the contest is to find solutions to the food paradoxes, through innovative, practical and multi-disciplinary ideas.

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.


Download the competition notice for BCFN YES! 2018.

Applications for the BCFN YES! 2018 edition are now closed. Participants will be informed if they have been selected as finalists in September.

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.


Completed proposals must be submitted online through the BCFN web site by June 14, 2018 11:59 a.m. CEST.

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.


For inquiries regarding the contest phases and application material please contact
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For frequently asked questions please visit our Q&A section.

Jury BCFN YES! 2018

BCFN YES! 2018 - Oliver Oliveros Oliver Oliveros
Agropolis Fondation
BCFN YES! 2018 - Francesca Scazzina Francesca Scazzina
Università di Parma
BCFN YES! 2018 - Francesco Visioli Francesco Visioli
Università di Padova
BCFN YES! 2018 - Oliver Witard Oliver Witard
University of Stirling
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