Knowledge for better food systems

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Our funding policy

Our policy is to pursue balanced funding that helps maintain our impartiality and to be totally transparent about our funding sources. 

We believe that support from a breadth of interest groups will help us maintain our objectivity and ensure that our work is balanced. FCRN seeks funding sources that reflect the membership base of the network. We look for a spread of support from all sectors (academia and other research institutions, charitable foundations, non-governmental organisations and the corporate sector) to ensure that we are not overly dependent on any one sector.  

We explicitly wish to attract support from organisations that have varying perspectives on our food system challenges, with differing views on, for example, livestock and meat, alternative and conventional farming, the risks and opportunities of technological innovations, or the role of trade.  However, while we will actively engage with our supporters we are equally clear that our work will not be driven or dictated by their interests.

We have three separate streams of funding; the major part is given on a no-strings basis and goes directly into a pool of resources to maintain the overall core work of the FCRN. A second stream comes from speaker fees – these too go into the overall pool.  A third part (smaller in proportion) may be linked to a specific project (an independent oversight group will review funding for specific projects).

Transparency is crucial for us and that is why we clearly list who our donors are and how they are supporting us. All our funders and supporters will be listed on the supporters page of our website and detailed in our annual report.

Funds in the main category for core funding will be made available for any use, but it will never have a direct connection with a particular piece of research. Economic support will thus never exert influence over our research agenda. 

We will also ensure that over one calendar year we will not accept either corporate or NGO money if either of these sectors’ contributions exceed 30% of our total budget. This is because both the corporate AND the civil society sectors have their specific advocacy agendas.

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The FCRN is committed to keeping all publications, knowledge resources and membership pages free for everyone to use. However, we need funds to support our core work and keep the network going. We are grateful for the generous support we receive from our funders and supporters.

If you value the work of the FCRN and feel able to make a donation we would be delighted.

You can do so by clicking here.

Note that any donations will be channelled via the University of Oxford website and directed specifically to the FCRN. All our funders and supporters will be listed on the supporters page of our website and detailed in our annual report.

If you would like to know more about our current and future planned activities, or wish to discuss the value to your organisation of supporting the FCRN, please contact Tara Garnett directly: taragarnett@fcrn.org.uk