12 Feb 2018


The initiative, now in its seventh edition, will award up to three € 20,000 research grants for projects with the potential to make a tangible contribution to improving the sustainability of our agri-food system.

In December 2017, around 135 project proposals from 43 countries across 5 continents were submitted, closing the sixth edition of BCFN YES! (Young Earth Solutions), the international competition for young researchers under 35, promoted by the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN). Within a few months of the award giving ceremony, the call to action has been launched for the new edition – the seventh – of this initiative. Young PhD students and post-docs will be able to submit their research projects until June 14, 2018 - 11:59 CEST. Up to three € 20,000 research grants will be awarded to projects that are creative, innovative and impactful.

BCFN YES! aims to support researchers (who already hold or are completing a PhD) during the early stages of their career, inviting them to apply on an individual basis or as multidisciplinary and transnational teams with a maximum of three members per team. The competition encourages the participation of teams from different disciplines and different countries whose combined expertise will result in an innovative approach.

The areas of special interest include: 

healthy and sustainable dietary patterns such as, for example, the promotion of a healthy and sustainable diet; nutrition education; food, environmental and agricultural policy analysis; and food policies and initiatives;

sustainable agriculture and every topic connected with it, from women and youth in agriculture through to more complex issues like mitigation and adaptation responses to climate change, sustainable value chains, land rights, and rural development; 

food security. The topics in this area, to mention a few, are poor dietary intake of nutrients and micronutrients, food access, food security, and migrations.

In order to be eligible, applicants must have completed or be pursuing a PhD program (enrolled no earlier than January 1, 2012), and must be under the age of 35 on November 28, 2018. The shortlisted finalists (up to a maximum of 10 researchers) will be invited to participate in the 9th International Forum on Food and Nutrition organized by BCFN, which will be held in Milan on November 27 and 28, 2018. The winning research projects will be announced during the second day of the Forum. 

For further information and details visit the website: www.barillacfn.com


BCFN Yes! is one of the many initiatives organized by BCFN , aiming at highlighting the paradoxes of the current food system (hunger vs. obesity; food vs. fuel; waste vs. hunger). In addition to the competition for young researchers, there is also the Food Sustainability Media Award, a joint initiative of BCFN and the Thomson Reuters Foundation that rewards proposals for practical solutions to make our food choices more sustainable. The award is addressed to journalists, bloggers, freelance and emerging talents, and includes two categories: print journalism and multimedia (videos - short films and animation - audio and photos). A new, unpublished work and a published, piece will be rewarded in each category, winning respectively 10,000 Euro and a media training course on food sustainability organized by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The winning unpublished works will also be published on the TRF and BCFN websites, and will be distributed by the Reuters Press Agency, which boasts over one billion readers. The finalist works will be shortlisted for the “Best of the web” award, which is chosen directly by the online audience. Entries can be submitted from January 15 to May 31, 2018, by registering for the competition on the website of the Food Sustainability Media Award


Simone Silvi - Senior Account Media Relations - s.silvi@inc-comunicazione.it - +39 335.10.97.279

Mariagrazia Martorana - Media Relations Consultant - m.martorana@inc-comunicazione.it - +39 333.57.61.268


Valentina Gasbarri, Communication and External Relations Manager, valentina.gasbarri@barillacfn.com  , +39 338 7882700

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