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We endeavour to include as many opportunities as we can, but inevitably we might miss some out. It might be useful to have a look at the following pages for more funding calls: Innovate UK, BBSRC, NERC, Horizon 2020 and ERC.  If you know of other opportunities that we should be listed please get in contact.

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Special initiative

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The International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP) is initiating its first competitive funding call by inviting creative, forward-looking proposals that seek to discover approaches to substantially increase the genetic yield potential of wheat, as defi...
The International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP) is initiating its first competitive funding call by inviting creative, forward-looking proposals that seek to discover approaches to substantially increase the genetic yield potential of wheat, as defined by grain yield under the absence of stress. It is anticipated that wheat yield potential can be enhanced by: (a)  Increasing carbon capture before flowering; (b) Optimizing plant architecture; modifying flowering time; (c) Increasing biomass; (d) Optimizing harvest index.  These are the specific areas of research that are being sought and those that concentrate on plant stresses or agronomic systems will be considered out of scope. The proposed research should be based on Triticeae germplasm, but if not, the prospective breakthroughs must be directly relevant to wheat.  With this initiative IWYP is seeking breakthroughs in genetic yield potential beyond what is expected to occur in ongoing breeding programs. Therefore, new or different approaches and/or novel techniques are envisaged. Research outputs should be defined in terms of specifically timed milestones and quantifiable deliverables. Proposals where outputs are only descriptions of plant processes will be considered out of scope.  The selection process will be two-stage whereby applicants must first submit a pre-proposal due by 15 March 2015. The pre-proposals must be academic led and can be from single institutions, although national or international consortia are strongly encouraged. Applications involving private industry collaborators are also encouraged. Funding requests can range from 1 to 3 years but should not exceed a maximum cash and in-kind request of $2 Million over 3 years. Full-proposals will be invited from selected pre-proposals. Proposals will be judged by their scientific excellence, breakthrough potential and relevance to markedly improving the genetic yield potential of wheat.
The International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP) is initiating its first competitive funding call by inviting creative, forward-looking proposals that seek to discover approaches to substantially increase the genetic yield potential of wheat, as defi...

Deadline

30/06/2015

Funding Body

International Wheat Yield Partnership

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

Countryside Stewardship will help rural businesses improve the countryside environment, and the Woodland Capital Grants in 2015 will prioritise support for activity this year to cover; creating and maintaining new woodland for biodiversity and water ...
Countryside Stewardship will help rural businesses improve the countryside environment, and the Woodland Capital Grants in 2015 will prioritise support for activity this year to cover; creating and maintaining new woodland for biodiversity and water benefits including flooding (deadline: 30th April 2015); woodland management plans and tree health (30th June 2015). The Forestry Commission is now open for applications for these Woodland capital grants. To apply for any of the available 2015 grants you must first register on the new Rural Payments system. For guidance, and to register and apply, please visit the Countryside Stewardship woodland capital grants page at GOV.UK. Funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe Investing in Rural Areas.
Countryside Stewardship will help rural businesses improve the countryside environment, and the Woodland Capital Grants in 2015 will prioritise support for activity this year to cover; creating and maintaining new woodland for biodiversity and water ...

Deadline

30/06/2015

Funding Body

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

The Ferrero Hazelnut Company has launched an award aimed to support and improve research and innovation in the hazelnut world in all its aspects and addressed to PhDs and researchers of universities and other non-profit institutions of higher educati...
The Ferrero Hazelnut Company has launched an award aimed to support and improve research and innovation in the hazelnut world in all its aspects and addressed to PhDs and researchers of universities and other non-profit institutions of higher education of the whole world. A grant of €150,000 will be awarded to the best project idea for its development and two awards of €5,000 each will be assigned to the second and the third place winners, according to an evaluation grid rewarding innovation, sustainability, transferability, and timeframe applicability. Participants can choose among four topics dealing with improvements, innovation, sustainability and new strategies for the hazelnut cultivation and develop their research or development plan in one of these areas.
The Ferrero Hazelnut Company has launched an award aimed to support and improve research and innovation in the hazelnut world in all its aspects and addressed to PhDs and researchers of universities and other non-profit institutions of higher educati...

Deadline

30/06/2015

Funding Body

Ferrero

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

The vision of the Government's UK strategy for agricultural technologies is to make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability. To achieve this, the Government is investing £70m in an Agri-Tech Catalyst. The Agri...
The vision of the Government's UK strategy for agricultural technologies is to make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability. To achieve this, the Government is investing £70m in an Agri-Tech Catalyst. The Agri-Tech Catalyst has been set up to support businesses and researchers in developing innovative solutions to challenges in the agri-tech sector. Early-stage award projects will explore the commercial potential of an early-stage scientific idea through feasibility studies. All projects must be collaborative and based on prior underpinning research evidence. Registration is required to enter this competition. Please note that registration will close 1 week before the competition application deadline.
The vision of the Government's UK strategy for agricultural technologies is to make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability. To achieve this, the Government is investing £70m in an Agri-Tech Catalyst. The Agri...

Deadline

24/06/2015

Funding Body

Innovate UK

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

The vision of the Government's UK strategy for agricultural technologies is to make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability. To achieve this, the Government is investing £70m in an Agri-Tech Catalyst. The Agri...
The vision of the Government's UK strategy for agricultural technologies is to make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability. To achieve this, the Government is investing £70m in an Agri-Tech Catalyst. The Agri-Tech Catalyst has been set up to support businesses and researchers in developing innovative solutions to challenges in the agri-tech sector. Late-stage awards evaluate or trial the commercial potential of an innovative concept in a real-life environment ahead of deployment. This can be through pre-experimental feasibility studies or experimental development. There are two types of late-stage awards that projects may be eligible for: pre-experimental feasibility study awards and experimental development awards.  For each type, we expect that all projects will be based on significant prior research, where the feasibility of the project has already been demonstrated. Examples of project work in this late-stage award category may include first tests in a field trial setting to evaluate commercial potential (crop or livestock as appropriate), trialling an innovative concept in the real-life operational environment, investigating product safety and effectiveness, through to the validation of the final product design, and production of final prototype. In some cases we may support early adoption studies, but such studies would be considered experimental development and attract the lower rate of funding. All projects must be collaborative. Registration is required to enter this competition. Please note that registration will close 1 week before the competition application deadline.
The vision of the Government's UK strategy for agricultural technologies is to make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability. To achieve this, the Government is investing £70m in an Agri-Tech Catalyst. The Agri...

Deadline

24/06/2015

Funding Body

Innovate UK

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

The Newton Research Collaboration Programme is a component of the UK Newton Fund, which aims to develop science and innovation partnerships to promote the economic development and social welfare of developing countries. The main focus of the Newton R...
The Newton Research Collaboration Programme is a component of the UK Newton Fund, which aims to develop science and innovation partnerships to promote the economic development and social welfare of developing countries. The main focus of the Newton Research Collaboration Programme is to support the aims of the Newton Fund by facilitating international exchanges lasting three months to a year between researchers in the UK and their counterparts in selected Newton Fund Partner Countries. Exchanges can be either one- or two-way in direction, and should form part of a collaborative research project, incorporating visits and dissemination activities. Awards provide funding at a flat rate of £2,000 per month of exchange visit (up to £24,000 for 12 months total exchange), regardless of the direction of travel or whether the exchange is one- or two-way. Each single exchange visit in either direction must last at least three months. The round will involve the following Newton Fund Partner Countries: Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, and Vietnam. Deadline for applications is 4.00pm GMT, Thursday 18 June 2015.
The Newton Research Collaboration Programme is a component of the UK Newton Fund, which aims to develop science and innovation partnerships to promote the economic development and social welfare of developing countries. The main focus of the Newton R...

Deadline

18/06/2015

Funding Body

Royal Academy of Engineering

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

Agriculture, forestry and the agri-food sector are integral parts of the European economy and society. With the expected increase in global population, demand for animal food products and competition for natural resources, agriculture and forestry wi...
Agriculture, forestry and the agri-food sector are integral parts of the European economy and society. With the expected increase in global population, demand for animal food products and competition for natural resources, agriculture and forestry will need to become more efficient, and sustainable. Scope for this call is for the development and validation of biomarkers for nutrition and health, including biomarkers for food intake and for the risk of diet-related disease. Deadline 11th June 2015 17:00.
Agriculture, forestry and the agri-food sector are integral parts of the European economy and society. With the expected increase in global population, demand for animal food products and competition for natural resources, agriculture and forestry wi...

Deadline

11/06/2015

Funding Body

European Commission

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

Monitoring and mitigation of agricultural GHG, including such aspects as reducing uncertainties and improving national agricultural GHG inventories (e.g. with ICOS), the role of climatic variability and agricultural and forestry practices for GHG emi...
Monitoring and mitigation of agricultural GHG, including such aspects as reducing uncertainties and improving national agricultural GHG inventories (e.g. with ICOS), the role of climatic variability and agricultural and forestry practices for GHG emissions, the technical and economic potential of CH4 and N2O mitigation, carbon sequestration and reduced emissions from energy use and pre-chain inputs, emissions/removals certification, economic and policy measures, including trade, barriers to implementation, life cycle assessment. Deadline for applications 11th June 2015 17:00.
Monitoring and mitigation of agricultural GHG, including such aspects as reducing uncertainties and improving national agricultural GHG inventories (e.g. with ICOS), the role of climatic variability and agricultural and forestry practices for GHG emi...

Deadline

11/06/2015

Funding Body

European Commission
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