Apply to attend the AFN Network+ Crucible Event

Are you passionate about the role of the agri-food sector in helping get to net zero? Do you have a question you want to answer, but need to find the right people to work with to address it?  We are looking to bring together people working in the food system and academics at universities and other higher education institutions to forge new collaborations.

The AFN Network+ Crucible is a two-day workshop in Bristol on 21 and 22 June. You will spend two days immersed in professionally-facilitated brainstorming and development of new project ideas, culminating in pitching your project for the chance to get funded. Even if you are not one of the lucky teams selected at the Crucible, you will have spent time working on the application form for the Call for Scoping Study Grant Proposals, which closes two weeks after the Crucible.

In total, the Scoping Study Grant call will release £350,000 for projects that support our mission of getting the agri-food sector to net zero. A key element of the scoping projects is that they involve meaningful collaboration with food system stakeholders, and work across disciplines. The Crucible provides a vital opportunity to make contacts and connections across disciplines and organisations to enable you to develop such projects.

The Crucible Event is focussed on four research themes:

1. Enabling behaviour change for net zero through agri-food
︎2. Reaching net zero through circular food systems
3︎. Measuring progress towards net zero through agri-food
︎4. A just transition for net zero through agri-food

Applying to attend

Places at the Crucible are limited. Please apply here by 11:59pm 21 May 2023. Applications will then be reviewed. Delegates will be chosen to increase diversity, including representation across the sectors of the agri-food system, academic disciplines and career stages. Applicants will be screened for their interest in the food system and participating in the Crucible and whether they can attend both days of the event. 

​Successful applicants will be informed on 26 May 2023 and will be supported with 80% of reasonable costs.

Selection of winning projects

Two projects will be selected for Scoping Study Grant funding at the end of the Crucible on day two. See the Scoping Study Grant call for more details on Scoping Study Grants. The successful projects will be subject to due diligence checks before the funding is confirmed. If a project selected on day 2 does not meet the criteria, funding will not be awarded, and the funding will instead be disbursed through the Scoping Study Grant call.


For any questions about the event, please contact us.

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