Research Programmes

GFS is a coordinator and facilitator of scientific research, with the aim of providing strong scientific evidence and influencing policy and practice.

We identify and convene interested and essential stakeholders and partners to develop multi-year research programmes. This research takes an interdisciplinary and whole-system approach to pressing food system and food security challenges.

Currently, we have two active research programmes addressing the UK food system in a global context. These involve multiple projects, activities and stakeholders in the UK and around the world. They are supported by partners across government departments and agencies, the devolved administrations and UKRI.

Resilience of the UK Food System in a Global Context

In 2016, GFS launched a major interdisciplinary research programme Resilience of the UK Food System in a Global Context (GFS-FSR). Co-designed by funders and stakeholders, it aims to help policymakers and practitioners  optimise the resilience of the UK’s food system to environmental, biological, economic, social and geopolitical shocks.

Food Systems Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF)

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Launching in autumn 2020, the Food Systems SPF programme is a £47.5m interdisciplinary programme of research that will help to transform the UK food system by placing healthy people and a healthy natural environment at its centre.