Wageningen Research Foundation, WR

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Stichting Wageningen Research (Wageningen Research Foundation, WR) consists of a number specialised institutes for applied research in the domain of healthy food and living environment. WR collaborates with Wageningen University under the external brand name Wageningen University & Research. The research institutes involved in this proposal, Wageningen Economic Research and Wageningen Environmental Research, are two of the research institutes within the legal entity Stichting Wageningen Research.
WR has a strong track record of multidisciplinary projects and is involved in hundreds of EU-funded projects (FP7 and Horizon 2020) and many other large national and international research projects. One of the strengths of Wageningen University & Research (including WR) is that its structure facilitates and encourages close cooperation between the approximately 3000 experts from Wageningen University and various renowned research institutes. These institutes cover a wide range of expertise including food technology, plant, animal and economic sciences.


Wageningen Economic Research (formerly known as LEI Wageningen UR) is an internationally leading socio-economic research institute that offers governments and companies (socio)economic insights and integral advice for sound policies and better decision-making in an innovative way.
The strength of Wageningen Economic Research lies in developing new insights based on market intelligence (fact and evidence based information) and its integrated approach to issues. Wageningen Economic Research has a nationally and internationally proven track record and extensive experience in setting up and carrying out policy analyses, including social cost/benefit analyses, impact evaluations, and future studies, as well as market and chain research, consumer research and the development of monitoring system for industry. It relies on high-quality market and chain knowledge, a wide and international knowledge network, and unique data and models from the micro to the macro level. Among Wageningen Economic Research’s clients are governments, the European Commission (amongst others to DGs AGRI, SANCO, MARE and TRADE), businesses and organisations. Also, the institute is performing an increasing amount of research and consultancy in developing countries. It has experience in leading large-scale international projects involving a number of different public and/or private parties.


Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra) is a leading research institute in the area on ‘our green living environment’. We offer a combination of practical, innovative and interdisciplinary scientific research across many disciplines related to the green world around us and the sustainable use of our living environment. Wageningen Environmental Research focuses on aspects such as flora and fauna, soil, water, climate, vegetation, land cover and land use, the use of geo-information and remote sensing, landscape and spatial planning, forestry, recreation and its governance. Wageningen Environmental Research engages in integrated research to support design processes, policy-making and management at the local, national and international levels. Wageningen Environmental Research has about 400 staff members and combines a wide range of expertise for integrated agri-environmental assessments, climate change impact assessment and for studies related to rural areas and their sustainable use. Wageningen Environmental Research has been partner or coordinator of a range of service contracts for the European Commission (DG CLIMA, DG ENV, DG ENERGY and DG AGRI) and in the Framework Programs.