Research on Sustainable Food Systems and Diets


Project entries are first examined to determine how sound the project and organization behind it are. Also examined is how closely the organization and project meet the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation’s mandatory criteria and, if necessary, the terms of the call for projects.

This Programme is international 

A great research effort is needed if the challenge to shift to more sustainable food systems is to be met.The effort must be geared towards grasping system complexity and identifying comprehensive solutions that guide action.

The Foundation finances the work of inernational teams of researchers in the field of sustainable food systems and diets and which advance knowledge in pursuit of comprehensive solutions. The Foundation’s International Sustainable Food Systems and Diets Scientific Committee determines year by year the subject of research and proposes the scientific teams who should be backed.

Call for projects 2016 – TRIPARTITE CALL FOR PROPOSALS -Thought for Food Initiative “Transdisciplinary research towards more sustainable food systems”
In 2016, for the first time, the Foundation is launching its yearly call for international research projects together with the Fondation Agropolis and Fondazione Cariplo. It will be open from December 2015 untill February 29 2016More on the call for 2016.

More on the 2015 Call for research projects.

Exemple of funded projects :


The food challenge – to feed some 10 billion people with all due respect for the planet and humankind – requires that research into sustainable food systems be intensified. Doing so, however, calls for a multipronged, cross-disciplinary approach that is not really workable or adapted to what is still a very compartmentalized context. The Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation has created the Premio Daniel Carasso precisely to highlight such an approach and its practitioners.The  Premio Daniel Carasso is an international prize awarded for the first time by the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation in 2012, then in 2015 and from then on every two years. It is intended to reward and encourage outstanding scientific research into sustainable food systems and diets for long-term health. The Premio is worth €100,000 and the winner becomes the Foundation’s ambassador for sustainable food and diets until the next Premio comes around.The Premio is open to scientists working in fundamental and applied research in the following fields: nutrition, food studies, food technology and sciences, agriculture, agronomy, fishing and fish-farming, agro-ecology, ecology, biodiversity, environmental sciences, sociology, anthropology, economics, farming / food / nutrition policy and all other scientific disciplines that fall within the ambit of sustainable food.



Database Details

Current Research
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Thematic Focus
Agriculture, Biodiversity and Sustainability, Poverty Reduction

Applicant’s Country
Switzerland, EU, other, Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Djibouti, DR Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunesia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Allowed Usage

Applicant’s Position
PhD Candidate, PostDoc, Researcher, Consortium

Cycle Type
Repeated annually

Partner Required

Last Modification
15. April 2020