World Food Forum (WFF) Transformative Research Challenge 2022 Call for Research Proposals

World Food Forum (WFF) Transformative Research Challenge 2022 Call for Research Proposals

Deadline: June 20, 2022

Applications are open for the World Food Forum (WFF) Transformative Research Challenge 2022. The World Food Forum’s (WFF) Transformative Research Challenge (TRC) aims to inspire research and innovation in sustainable development to end hunger and transform our agrifood systems by launching an international open call for research proposals from global youth.

Teams of young and young-at-heart researchers are invited to submit a two-page concept note proposing an innovative research idea to help end hunger and transform our agrifood systems focusing on one of “four betters” as well as on the WFF’s theme of the year: “Healthy Diets. Healthy Planet.”


  • Shortlisted innovators will be invited to present a lightning talk at the World Food Forum (WFF) in October 2022.
  • A special Prize will be awarded to the team that best aligns with the WFF theme of the year “Healthy Diets. Healthy Planet.”

Other benefits include:

  • Mentoring: Ten to fifteen shortlisted teams will receive personalized mentorship from globally recognized experts in their field to help “translate” their concept note into a concrete research output (e.g. a research proposal for grant funding or a research article for publication).
  • Coaching: Each team will be coached in the preparation of the lightning talk for the final presentations.
  • Networking: Participants will have access to a global audience of young leaders and organizations from the public and private sectors, including the United Nations.   
  • Visibility: The WFF will provide a platform for global youth to showcase innovative research ideas and approaches to a global audience. Shortlisted teams will be profiled on the WFF website, and have the chance to pitch their research project to a global audience and international expert panel on the WFF Flagship Event stage.
  • Ongoing promotion: Shortlisted teams and the winner of the TRC may be included in additional learning and exposure activities associated with the WFF, such as a social media campaigns, case studies, and future events to foster ongoing visibility and encourage future development.


  • The researcher should either have a research article for publication; a research project proposal for grant funding; a paper or presentation at a scientific conference; a plan for further development, partnership or scaling to transform a research innovation into a tangible solution;
  • Innovative research idea should aim towards helping end hunger and transform our agrifood systems;
  • The researcher(s) can be from anywhere in the world.


Click here to submit your Concept Note

For more information, visit World Food Forum.