Date Published: 23 January 2009

Agency and ESRC call for dietary research

Health Food - illustrating an item from the UK Food Standards Agency.

The Food Standards Agency and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are seeking applications to carry out research that will explore how people make choices about the food they eat.

The two organisations have formed a strategic partnership to fund research relating to food policy. This first call is to commission work that will help to explain the dietary decisions people make. By investigating all aspects of people’s lives through a number of social science perspectives, the aim is to understand if, when and where dietary and health related decisions fit into people’s lives and to help explain how people end up eating the food they do.

Two projects are envisaged – one in-depth study and one which is a larger scale project that can provide quantitative data. The FSA and ESRC are seeking innovative research to build on what is already known in this area. It is expected that the results of this project, in addition to other work on behaviour change, will contribute to the evidence that will inform future policy decisions and campaigns to help people make healthy decisions about food.

The deadline for proposals is 4pm on Thursday 19 March 2009.


Source: Food Standards Agency (FSA), UK.

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