Aligning the Food System

The World Food Center's Aligning the Food System series fosters interdisciplinary collaboration at UC Davis through workshops, conferences, and other events focused on grand challenges in global food systems. The platform brings together key stakeholders in academia, private industry, and the public sector to assess present and future challenges, identify best practices, and provide comprehensive recommendations for research and policy solutions.

To date, the Aligning the Food System series has supported five conferences and workshops that have involved subject-matter experts from around the world. Over $75,000 in funding has been distributed, and hands-on support from our team was provided for each event.

2020 Request for Proposals

The World Food Center released its request for proposals for the last installment of the Aligning the Food System series in the fall of 2019. UC Davis departments, centers, institutes, graduate groups, and similar entities were eligible to apply to host an Aligning the Food System event in 2020. Criteria for selection included:

  • Collaborative leadership from at least 2 groups (departments, centers, etc.) based at UC Davis, whose partnership is interdisciplinary in nature

  • Programmatic emphasis on bringing together subject-matter experts with representatives from private industry, government, and other thought leaders

  • Incorporation of a tangible outcome that furthers the discussion, such as a journal publication, seminar series, or new research

Selected proposals will receive up to $25,000 in seed funding from the World Food Center, as well as targeted communications and planning support from our team. Applications were due by November 1, 2019.