Dr Ted Bianco, Acting Director of the Wellcome Trust, said: "Our world is changing. A burgeoning population, relentless urbanisation and changing climate are expected to have significant consequences for the health of humanity, yet the evidence base to inform policy to meet these challenges remains limited.
"We need to find the levers for change that will drive the agenda to find solutions to these complex problems, for the sake of our children and future generations to come. We believe this journey begins with better defining the problem and the power to unlock human data will be of paramount importance on the road to meeting these challenges. Understanding the factors that influence lifestyle decisions and human behaviour at the individual and population level are crucial for achieving this goal, to improve public health for today and tomorrow."
Connecting the environment, nutrition and health was identified as one of five major challenges for the research community in the Wellcome Trust's ten-year strategic plan, launched in 2010. Examples of projects already funded in this area include: the Insect Pollinators Initiative, investigating the decline of honeybees and other pollinating insects and the consequences for agricultural crops; the Access to Nutrition Index, assessing the nutrition-related commitments, performance and disclosure practices of the 25 largest global food and beverage manufacturers; and research at the University of Cambridge to understand the genetics of appetite and obesity and linked behaviours.
Under the new scheme, researchers can apply for up to 250,000 support for up to two-years to kick start pilot projects in the areas of behaviour change, global nutri
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