University of South Carolina: Inviting Applications to ultimately improve food and nutrition security in poor countries, guide ongoing and future programs and research activities on food choice, and to foster a community of practice in food choice research in developing countries.

Donor Name: University of South Carolina
Fund name: Drivers of Food Choice competitive grants program

Funding brief: The Drivers of Food Choice competitive grants program aims to solicit applications and select research projects for funding that will provide a deep understanding of the drivers of food choice among the poor, particularly in the 41 low- and middle-income countries that account for 90% of the global burden of under nutrition. Studies will use qualitative or quantitative methods or both to examine key aspects of food choice in the targeted regions.  Furthermore, projects that have the potential to strengthen country-level leadership in nutrition to support future efforts will be prioritized.

Potential Research Topics: Food choice involves the processes by which people consider, select, prepare, distribute, and consume foods and beverages. Food choice research involves the studies of cognitions, processes and behaviors related to the selection and consumption of food. The overarching question addressed in studies of food choice is, “why do individuals eat the foods they do?” Food choice behaviors are integral to social and economic expression of identities, preferences, and cultural meanings and ultimately influence nutrient intake and health. Understanding the drivers of individual food choice involves the study of interconnected biological, psychological, economic, social, cultural, and political factors. Potential food-choice themes include studies that provide a conceptual understanding of the factors that influence food choice, investigate how changes in food environments and food systems influence food choice, and evaluate the impact of nutrition-sensitive interventions (particularly agricultural interventions) that influence food choice.

Eligible activities: Grant activities can include formal qualitative or quantitative (or mixed) research studies, development and evaluation of pilot programs, operational research, testing of novel public-private partnerships, and related work. Add-ons to ongoing larger projects are allowable; how the add-on is distinct from the larger project must be clear in the application. All applications will need to specify how the success of the project will be evaluated. All applications with be scrutinized for value for money.

Deadline: April 1st, 2017.

Funding details link:

Budget limit: About seven grants of up to $300,000 USD each will be awarded in the second round of funding. The DFC Competitive Grants Program anticipates distributing a total of $2,152,500 in the second two-year funding round of the grants program. Grant requests may not exceed $300,000 for the total duration of the project. Two-year projects will be awarded but the second year of funding will be contingent upon satisfactory progress by the recipient during the first year.

Project start date: January 1st, 2018 or within 30 days of receipt of signed funding Document

Project duration: Grant requests should be for two-year projects.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: Grants can be awarded to any organization with a demonstrated interest and commitment to improving food and nutrition security in LMIC, including research organizations, non-government organizations, public (e.g., government) institutions, and private sector organizations. All recipients must have prior experience conducting relevant nutrition, food systems, or agricultural research, and must demonstrate prior experience in efficient and effective fiscal management. In the case of partnerships, a lead organization should be identified that meets these criteria and can submit the concept memo as the prime applicant. All applicants named in the proposal should be described by their roles and responsibilities, as well as the value added by their partnership.

Special Notes: Grant monies may be used to pay for salaries, supplies, equipment, and travel that are specifically related to achieving the objectives of the project. Any indirect costs must be part of the total costs, and may not exceed 10% of the direct costs. The total, including both direct and indirect costs, cannot exceed $300,000. Grant monies may not be used to cover the following types of costs:
● Purchase of motor vehicles, office furniture
● Construction or physical improvement of offices/facilities

Submission mail:

Other important link:
● Form:

How to apply:
1) Concept memos are due by email to by April 1st, 2017.
2) Receipt of submitted concept memos will be acknowledged by email within 2 business days. If you do not receive acknowledgement of your submission, please contact
3) Save your file with the following file name: “Principal Investigator_Submitting Institution”.
4) The concept memo should include the following elements:
Cover sheet – Basic details of the proposed research
● Case for support – A short description of the proposed research and how it will achieve its aims. Include:
● Significance of the proposed research and rationale
● Brief summary of research, its scope, objectives, and methods
● Innovative and original elements
● Development relevance and potential impact, including how the research will consider gender and how the research will provide actionable advice, recommendations, decision-making tools, and/or guidance which is directly relevant to policy makers and decision makers
● Planned collaborations or partnerships (including with policy makers or decision makers), and how they will help the project achieve its aims and scale up the proposed intervention
● Timeline and summary of funding required (USD).
● Evaluation – Indicate how you will measure whether your project is successful.
● Organizational Capacity – Brief overview of your organization’s past success in carrying out similar projects

● Concept Memo Formatting Guidelines Summary: Word document using the template and attached pages provided
● Save with file name: PI_Institution
● Project Summary is no longer than two (2) pages (not including Key Contacts, Timeline, and Funding Summary)
  ● Arial font size 11
● Single-line spacing
● One (1) inch margins on all sides of the paper, set up for A4 or 8½ x 11 inch Paper


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