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 deadline: 9 November 2017 16:00 (GMT)

For more information visit: RCUK: Interdisciplinary Research Hubs to address intractable challenges faced by developing countries.

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 deadline: 18 August 2017, 16:00
Application deadline: 3 October 2017, 16:00

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

UK-India Newton-Bhabha Fund joint call on pulses and oilseeds

Pulses and oilseeds are important crops in India and the UK. Pulses are relatively under-used crops in the UK, but are a major source of dietary protein in India. Oilseeds are grown in India and the UK, and are valuable as a source of oil for a variety of uses, as well as being useful as a source of animal feed. BBSRC and the government of India’s Department of Biotechnology wish to encourage multi-institutional collaborative applications between UK and Indian researchers to undertake high quality three-year projects aimed at increasing the productivity, resilience, sustainability and quality of pulses or oilseeds grown for food or feed in India.

Call status: Open
Application deadline: 24 October 2017, 16:00 BST/15:00 GMT

For more information visit: BBSRC: UK-India Newton-Bhabha Fund joint call on pulses and oilseeds.

Pre-announcement: Global Challenges Research Fund Translation Award

The GCRF Translation Awards call will fund activities that aim to achieve outcomes that deliver impact. The call aims to enable research outputs of current or previous BBSRC-funded (or other research council-funded research activity that falls within BBSRC remit) to be further developed into practical application, which delivers benefit and impact in developing countries.

Call status: Open
Application deadline: 25 October 2017, 16:00

For more information visit: BBSRC: Pre-announcement: Global Challenges Research Fund Translation Award.

BBSRC GCRF Strategic Training Awards for Research Skills (GCRF-STARS)

The GCRF-STARS call aims to build a portfolio of sustainable and timely training resources to up-skill and develop researchers, graduate students and DAC citizens, in research priority areas, in the UK and developing countries with the research skills required to help tackle global challenges.

Particular highlighted areas include: secure and resilient food system, sustainable health and well-being, sustainable production and consumption, prevention of diseases in humans and farm animals relevant to the developing country, and prevention of crop disease in varieties grown in/developed for developing countries.

Call status: Open
Application deadline: 1 November 2017, 16:00

For more information visit: BBSRC: BBSRC GCRF Strategic Training Awards for Research Skills (GCRF-STARS).

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: Open
Application deadline: 8 November 2017, 16:00 (GMT)

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