WFS Grants Platform

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"World Food System" Grants

The World Food System Center administers a competitive grants platform in coordination with the Research Commission of the ETH Zurich. Please see below and related pages for important information about the World Food System (WFS) Grants, including eligibility and other requirements.

2017 Calls Open

  • Sustainability in Food Value Chains (Coop Research Program, Call 5) see more
  • Organic Production Systems for Food Security (Mercator Research Program, Call 7) see more

Submission guidelines

Information for Applicants

Applicants should review the important information below, which applies to all WFS Grant programs. Further details and application templates can be found in the individual call documents and on the webpages for each of the programs (see left sidebar).

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Selection Criteria

Each call has its own documentation, specific themes, and selection criteria. Please see Calls for Proposals on the individual programs for complete information.


Principal Investigators must be current members of the World Food System Center. See individual calls for additional requirements.

Co-applicants can be from the ETH Zurich, Eawag, or any other research institutions in Switzerland or abroad.

Deadlines and Notification

The deadline for submitting proposals is the same each year for all calls and programs: 1 November, 17.00 CET.

Decisions will be communicated approximately four months after the submission deadline.

Evaluation and Selection

The WFS Grants evaluation and selection procedure has been established in accordance with the policies of the ETH Zurich Vice President Research and Corporate Relations.

All projects submitted will be reviewed by an Associated Sub-committee of the Research Commission of the ETH Zurich (short: ASC) that was specially created for the World Food System Grants platform. This sub-committee includes a representative from the ETH Research Commission, two representatives from the WFSC membership, as well as a number of selected external experts who represent a variety of relevant disciplines.

As a rule, the proposals will be evaluated by the ASC. In cases where the ASC needs additional expertise to appropriately evaluate a proposal, external reviews will be solicited.

The Vice President Research and Corporate Relations will make the final decision regarding which projects are funded based on the final recommendation of the ASC.

Please review individual call documentation for additional details.

Submission Guidelines

All proposals must be submitted electronically using provided templates. Please find additional instruction and templates here

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