Desafío de investigación transformadora
Convocatoria de expertos y mentores en sistemas agroalimentarios
Do you have what it takes to spot the best innovative research ideas that have the potential to help transform food systems and end hunger worldwide? The World Food Forum (WFF) is looking for agri-food systems researchers and policy specialists to volunteer as experts and mentors for young aspiring researchers in the Transformative Research Challenge (TRC). We are looking for scientists, researchers, professionals and innovators that have:
- Five or more years of experience in agri-food systems related topics
- An extensive professional network
- A background in scientific research is desirable (Masters, PhD)
The willingness and time to become a trusted advisor for young researchers We seek mentors with a broad range of professional expertise and a global footprint, as applications are anticipated to span many disciplines related to agri-food systems within the overarching categories of FAO's Four Betters.
As an expert and/or mentor volunteer, you will have the opportunity to discover and share innovative research ideas, interact with other agri-food systems experts from all over the world, belong to a unique global network, and make a difference by helping to inspire and support young researchers on their journey. Your participation will be acknowledged on the WFF website and at the virtual WFF stage in October, where the winners of the TRC will be announced.
How can I participate?
Complete the expression of interest form to receive further information and apply to participate as an expert and/or mentor in the TRC. If your profile is a good match, we will seek your support to review and select applicant’s concept notes and/or pair you with a shortlisted applicant for the TRC.
Who can be a TRC mentor?
Mentors must have a solid experience in a field or discipline related to agri-food systems and in particular FAO’s Four Betters (Better Production, Better Nutrition, Better Environment and a Better Life). A minimum of five years of experience in agri-food systems is desirable as well as a strong academic background. Ideally, mentors will have completed at least a master's degree. Mentors are not limited to the academic field, as the aim of the TRC is to help selected applicants innovate across sectors by helping them refine and present actionable solutions that will concretely transform agri-food systems. Therefore, mentor profiles can include representatives of the private sector, investors (venture capitalists, business angels, etc.), serial entrepreneurs, innovators, tech gurus and anyone else who can expertly assess and help develop applicants’ proposal.
What is expected of TRC mentors?
Mentors will assist shortlisted applicants on a volunteer basis by sharing their expertise and guiding them in the development of two-page concept notes into formal research outputs of up to five pages, which will form the basis of selection for the final round of the TRC. Output examples include:
- a research article for publication
- a research project proposal for grant funding
- a paper or presentation for a scientific conference
- a plan for further development, partnership or scaling to transform a research innovation into a tangible solution
- other research-related output
A minimum of one mentor will be appointed for each shortlisted applicant (i.e. an individual or team), with matchmaking based on alignment with the mentor’s field of expertise and FAO’s Four Betters. Mentors will be expected to commit approximately one hour per week (or more as per the mentor’s availability) between June and the end of August 2022. Mentors will also be invited to participate in optional networking events organized by the WFF.
What are the benefits of being a TRC mentor?
- Networking: Mentors will be able to expand their professional networks through access to a global audience of young leaders and organizations from the public and private sectors, including the United Nations.
- Knowledge sharing and personal growth: By contributing to bringing a positive change to mentees’ lives, mentors will be exposed to fresh perspectives, ideas and approaches, while also developing their personal leadership and coaching styles.
- Visibility: The WFF provides a platform for global youth to showcase innovative research ideas and approaches to a global audience. Mentors will be associated to their teams during the submission and promotion process. They will be profiled jointly with the shortlisted teams on the WFF website and have the chance to be visible to a global audience and international expert panel through the virtual WFF stage, being at the forefront of increasing the role of youth in innovation for improving food systems worldwide.
- Ongoing promotion: Jointly with the shortlisted teams and the winner of the TRC, mentors will be included in additional learning and exposure activities associated with the WFF, such as social media campaigns, case studies and future events that will foster ongoing visibility and encourage future development.
Who can be a TRC expert?
Experts must have deep knowledge and experience in a field related to agri-food systems and in particular, the four categories of the TRC challenge: Better Production, Better Nutrition, Better Environment and a Better Life. They will need to be able to assess applicants’ concept notes and provide critical feedback. A minimum of five years of experience in agri-food systems is desirable, ideally with a PhD or recognition as an industry leader or expert.
Experts will review concept notes and submit their evaluation to the WFF team concerning the quality of the proposal, potential for agri-food systems transformation, and feasibility. The concept notes for review by each expert will be selected in alignment with their expertise and FAO’s Four Betters. The WFF team will consult experts on the shortlisting.
What is expected of experts?
Experts will be requested to review applicant concept notes between mid-June and mid-August 2022, and applicant research outputs by end-September 2022.
What are the benefits of being involved as a TRC expert?
- Networking: Experts will be able to expand their professional networks through access to a global audience of young leaders and organizations from the public and private sectors, including the United Nations.
- Knowledge sharing and personal growth: Through bringing their expertise to the TRC, experts will be exposed to fresh perspectives, new ideas and approaches, thus developing their personal analytical skills in a global context.
- Visibility: The WFF provides a platform for global youth to showcase innovative research ideas and approaches to a global audience. Experts will be associated with the event during the submission and promotion process as being at the forefront of increasing the role of youth in innovation for improving agri-food systems worldwide. They will be profiled on the WFF website and have the chance to be visible to a global audience as well as the rest of the international expert panel through the virtual WFF stage.
- Ongoing promotion: Jointly with the shortlisted applicant teams, the mentors and the winner of the TRC, experts will be included in additional learning and exposure activities associated with the WFF, such as social media campaigns, case studies, and future events to foster ongoing visibility and encourage future development. In turn, this will foster experts’ active role in the food and agriculture community of worldwide experts and researchers.
For more information concerning the Transformative Research challenge review the Terms and conditions.