Newton RCUK-CONICYT Broadening Impact Call

Research Councils UK (RCUK) and National Commission for Scientific Research and Technology (CONICYT) invite applications which address the Energy-Food-Water-Environment Nexus. The ‘nexus’ is a way of thinking about the interdependencies, tensions and trade-offs between essential ecosystem services such as food, water and energy, in the wider context of land use, environmental change, health and wellbeing, and global supply chains. This initiative will provide funding for internationally competitive, transformative and high-quality collaborative research projects between UK, Chilean and other Latin American DAC list country researchers which contribute to the economic development and welfare of developing countries in Latin America.

Call status: Open
Intention to submit: 18 August 2017, 16:00
Application deadline: 3 October 2017, 16:00

For more information visit: Newton RCUK-CONICYT Broadening Impact Call.

RCUK-CIAT Newton-Caldas Fund Sustainable Tropical Agricultural Systems Programme

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) have announced a new UK-Colombia programme in sustainable tropical agricultural systems supported by the Newton-Caldas Fund. The call aims to support interdisciplinary projects combining at least two of the biological, environmental and economic and social sciences.

Call status: Open
Expression of interest (workshop): 6 September 2017, 16:00
Project Scoping Workshop: 30 October – 2 November 2017

For more information visit: RCUK-CIAT Newton-Caldas Fund Sustainable Tropical Agricultural Systems Programme.

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Innovation Club (SARIC) Sandpit 2017

SARIC
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) invite applications to participate in an interactive strategic workshop (sandpit).

The purpose of the sandpit is to develop research and research translation projects to support the aim of the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Innovation Club (SARIC). SARIC’s aims are to generate innovative solutions to the sustainable intensification of agriculture in the UK within the challenge themes of: resilient and robust crop and livestock production systems and predictive capabilities for sustainable agriculture.

Call status: Open
Application deadline: 11 September 2017
Workshop: 24-26 October 2017

For more information visit: Sustainable Agriculture Research & Innovation Club (SARIC) Sandpit 2017.

Newton UK-China agritech challenge 2017

Innovate UK and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) are investing up to £8 million (£4 million each) in projects that use cutting-edge technologies to solve agricultural challenges in China. Projects should address challenges related to agricultural technologies in one or more of these three sectors:

  • Precision agriculture, agriculture digitisation and decision management tools
  • Improving the efficiency of sustainable agricultural production
  • Agricultural products processing.

Call status: Open
Registration deadline: 13 September 2017, 11:59
Application deadline: 20 September 2017, 11:59

For more information visit: Newton Fund UK-China Agritech Challenge 2017.

Nutrition and Health Research: Institutional “pump-priming” awards to develop new opportunities in Global Nutrition and Health Research

The purpose of this call is to provide institutional “pump-priming” funds to lay the grounds for future large scale, multidisciplinary, cross-country global nutrition and health research bids addressing issues of primary relevance to LMICs. Part of this call looks at understanding nutrition and dietary patterns in areas including food production and supply chain and linkages to human health (production of  nutritious healthy food; sustainable agriculture and farming in harmony with ecosystems; environmental effects through agriculture; food hygiene; effects of marketing, food policy and food tax on diet).

Call status: Open
Application deadline: 14 September 2017 16:00 GMT+1

For more information visit: Confidence in Global Nutrition and Health Research: Institutional “pump-priming” awards to develop new opportunities in Global Nutrition and Health Research.

Interdisciplinary Research Hubs to address intractable challenges faced by Developing Countries

Research Councils UK invites proposals from eligible UK research organisations to establish and lead a number of challenge-led and impact-focused GCRF Interdisciplinary Research Hubs which meet the aims of Official Development Assistance. Between £8 million – £20 million (full economic cost) will be available for each Hub, provided over a five year period starting on 1 December 2018. Depending on the quality of the applications received it is anticipated 12-15 Hubs will be awarded.

A key component of this call is addressing the global development challenge of achieving food security in ways that improves nutrition and health; recognises local contexts; and makes agriculture, food production and consumption more environmentally and economically sustainable.

Call status: Open
Intention to submit survey: 29 September 2017
Outline proposals: 9 November 2017 16:00 (GMT)

For more information visit: Interdisciplinary Research Hubs to address intractable challenges faced by Developing Countries.

Pre-announcement: Sustainable Agriculture for Sub-Saharan Africa (SASSA)

The purpose of this initiative is to inform the sustainable intensification of agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa by supporting research that brings together the complementary capabilities of scientists in the UK and partners in the target region. It aims to enhance food and nutritional security, and contribute to economic development, by improving the productivity and health of crops (particularly indigenous and ‘orphan’ crops) important to African farmers, especially smallholders.

Proposals will be invited for projects of three years’ duration.

Call status: Closed
Call opens: 4 September 2017 (TBC)
Application deadline: November 2017

For more information visit: Pre-announcement: Sustainable Agriculture for Sub-Saharan Africa (SASSA).