Questionnaire: Examples of where food systems research translates into policy


Has your research on food systems affected policy? Or do you work with policy issues from research results? SCAR Strategic Working Group for Food Systems are looking for examples, from across all member states and other participating countries, of where food systems research has translated into policy. We at Formas would like to find Swedish examples to learn from.

The answers from this questionnaire will address four key objectives:

  1. Explore the links between government ministries and independent research bodies where research outcomes are considered as part of policy formation.
  2. Evaluate and identify examples of existing policies where scientific/research outcomes have influenced policy
  3. Identify key requirements e.g. piloting, demonstration, knowledge transfer, training, funding, and the strategic areas along the system from science to policy, where such provision of key resources would benefit uptake of research by policymakers.
  4. Establish a set of best practice principles that enables effective translation of science/research outputs for future policy.

To maximise the observations and learning’s from this survey, we request examples of where there has been evidence of impact on policy. We are seeking to try to avoid examples of where there currently is an intention to translate into policy. However, where the full potential impact on policy did not or has yet to fully occur, we would encourage you to include these examples and will request more information as to the hindering factors that prevented the full realisation of impact. Examples are encouraged from national and European funded projects, including innovation programmes such as EIP-Agri.

Please use a new questionnaire for each example, and return completed questionnaire(s) to before 15th of September 2021.

For questions about this survey, please contact


The Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) External a source of advice on European agricultural and wider bioeconomy research, and a major catalyst for the coordination of national research programmes, where it has helped shape the beginnings of an integrated European Research Area. This survey is an activity from the Strategic Working Group on Food Systems External link..

Updated:25 August 2021
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