Norway, calls for Chinese food safety projects to open soon | Instant News

Two research groups in Norway and China are planning joint calls for food safety projects.

The Norwegian Research Council (RCN) and the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) call for proposals to be opened on 15 June with a deadline of 2 September 2020.

This is open for applications in food security in aquaculture and land-based food value chains.

Funding is available for projects that address challenges related to two topics, either separately or in combination. Proposals must come from qualified research organizations and institutions in Norway and China and call only in English.

Two topic areas
The first topic area is optimal food production with maximum control of contaminants and other hazardous substances that are important to ensure food and feed safety, but risk factors can still be changed and occur during processing, storage, and handling chains to consumers.

The second includes the application of the principles of circular economics that are resource-efficient throughout the food system while reducing environmental footprints may have unexpected effects on food safety.

Non-traditional applications, circuit focus, and cross applications will present new challenges, resulting in the need for knowledge about interactions between nutrition and various hazards through the supply chain from production to consumption.

“All raw materials used in animal feed and fish are potential sources of contaminants. When introducing new non-traditional feed ingredients, knowledge of relevant contaminants, bioavailability, biological accessibility, bioaccumulation, and biomagnification of these contaminants in animal tissues, and health risks to animals themselves and humans are very important, “according to RCN.

The Research Council can provide Norwegian Krone 3 million to 5 million (US $ 300,000 to $ 500,000) per project. Funding can be sought for joint research projects for two to three years, including dissemination and networking activities such as workshops and conferences. Projects must commence between 1 January and 1 August 2021.

Norwegian and Chinese research
The Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between Norway and China was signed in April 2017. As part of this, RCN and NSFC initiated a program for joint funding of Sino-Norwegian research projects in mutually agreed areas.

Food safety is the absence, or safe, acceptable level of danger in food that can endanger the health of consumers, according to the announcement. Foodborne hazards can be microbiological, chemical or physical, e.g. bacteria, viruses, agricultural chemicals, aquaculture and industry, heavy metals, radionuclide residues and pesticides.

There is a critical need to ensure food stays safe at every stage of the supply chain from production to harvest, processing, storage, distribution, preparation and consumption.

Plans for publication in peer-reviewed journals that can be accessed in Norway and China are highly recommended. Grants to support the recruitment of doctoral candidates and postdoctoral fellows must be an integral component of the proposal.

The grant application will be reviewed by an international panel. RCN and NSFC will make the decision to give or reject it. To find out more and apply follow this link.

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