With support from the Office of the Provost and the Chancellor’s Global Education Fund, the Global Research Institute accepted through April 2015 research proposals from UNC-Chapel Hill- based research groups working on topics related to its two-year (2015-2016, 2016-2017) research theme: “Feeding a Hungry World: Food Security in the 21st Century.

As our theme statement suggests, the GRI is defining “food security” broadly, and is interested in supporting interdisciplinary clusters studying important global challenges relating somehow to food. Such clusters may be based in the life sciences, social sciences, humanities, or even the arts (or some combination thereof), but must contribute in fundamental ways to knowledge discovery and/or knowledge dissemination relating to food/food security in the 21st century.

The research clusters funded will be incorporated fully into the GRI’s stimulating research eco-system. Members of funded clusters will interact with individual researchers working out of the GRI, and be invited to all GRI seminars, talks, and public events. The clusters funded will also gain access to GRI facilities (offices and seminar space) and program funding in the range of 5K-10K.   The funds provided are intended to support ongoing research and to stimulate or catalyze work on external grants.