Request for Proposals Will Be Announced Later This Year

In 2019, the World Food Center sought innovative submissions for its Aligning the Food System series, which provided funding, communications, and logistics support for collaborative workshops, conferences, and other events hosted by UC Davis entities. Check back here for the announcement of the 2020 RFP.

The Aligning the Food System series fosters interdisciplinary collaboration to address 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. Events hosted through the Aligning the Food System platform may include workshops, conferences, webinars, distinguished speakers, and more.



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Eligibility & Requirements

Departments, centers, institutes, graduate groups, and similar entities based at UC Davis are eligible to apply to host an Aligning the Food System event. Candidates must:

  • Partner and apply with at least one other entity based at UC Davis, with whom you will collaboratively lead and design your event. Additional partnerships with university-based or external groups are encouraged.
  • Ensure attendance from a wide range of stakeholders, including private industry representatives and subject-matter experts from other universities. Events targeting large or global audiences are preferred.
  • Produce at least one tangible or written outcome from the event that continues the conversation, e.g. a white paper, collaborative grant proposal, policy brief, or video series.

Applicants are encouraged to think creatively in their submissions while providing a clear pathway to a tangible outcome from the proposed event.

What We Provide

The World Food Center will provide comprehensive support for Aligning the Food System events, including:

  • Up to $25,000 in seed funding, dependent on the needs identified in the proposal; prior Aligning the Food System events have received awards ranging from $5,000-$25,000.
  • Preparation of communications materials and assistance with distribution via the World Food Center's global network.
  • Coordination of all event logistics, including travel arrangements for speakers and guests, attendance tracking, venue reservations, catering, and more.

Events selected to be hosted through Aligning the Food System will be held in partnership with the World Food Center, with frequent communication throughout the planning and execution process. The World Food Center will work directly with each event to ensure cohesive branding and programmatic success.