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To further our mission of transforming food systems, BFI’s research program funds critical, cross-functional research projects at UC Berkeley.

Seed Grant Program

The BFI small grant program supports innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research projects that are aligned with the mission of the Institute.

Agroecology / Diversified Farming Systems Research

Current research focuses on soil health; conservation, pest control, and food safety; and biologically-diversified farming systems.

Fair and Healthy Jobs

Current research focuses on improving conditions for agricultural and restaurant workers.

Good Food Access

Current research focuses on food in schools, SNAP, soda taxes, and urban food security

Urban Agriculture

BFI supports research on urban food production, and distribution of the resulting produce to underserved urban communities.