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Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

This grant provides support for ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research. The BES recognises that ecologists in Africa face unique challenges in carrying out ecological research and this grant is designed to provide them with ...
This grant provides support for ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research. The BES recognises that ecologists in Africa face unique challenges in carrying out ecological research and this grant is designed to provide them with support to develop their skills, experience and knowledge base as well as making connections with ecologists in the developed world.
This grant provides support for ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research. The BES recognises that ecologists in Africa face unique challenges in carrying out ecological research and this grant is designed to provide them with ...

Deadline

08/09/2014

Funding Body

British Ecological Society

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks proposals for agricultural research with the potential to increase the sustainable productivity of smallholder farmers in developing countries. Sustainable productivity includes tackling the underlying...
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks proposals for agricultural research with the potential to increase the sustainable productivity of smallholder farmers in developing countries. Sustainable productivity includes tackling the underlying social and economic determinants of productivity, such as gender equity, environmental issues, and healthy, diverse diets.  With this call, we are looking for projects led by MSc and PhD scientists at national agricultural research institutions and universities in sub-Saharan Africa, working in collaboration with other researchers internationally (either within Africa or beyond the continent).  The 2014 PEARL call is restricted to proposals relevant to staple crops grown in Africa (please note we hope to offer future competitive opportunities for livestock research, but livestock-related proposals will not be considered in the current call).
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks proposals for agricultural research with the potential to increase the sustainable productivity of smallholder farmers in developing countries. Sustainable productivity includes tackling the underlying...

Deadline

07/09/2014

Funding Body

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Category

Responsive mode

Synopsis

Support for development of novel tools, methods and technologies in biosciences. Our Tools and Resources Development Fund (TRDF) aims to pump prime the next generation of tools, technologies and resources that will be required by bioscience research...
Support for development of novel tools, methods and technologies in biosciences. Our Tools and Resources Development Fund (TRDF) aims to pump prime the next generation of tools, technologies and resources that will be required by bioscience researchers in scientific areas within our remit. It is anticipated that successful grants will not exceed £150k (£187k FEC) (ref 1) and a fast-track, light touch peer review process will operate to enable researchers to respond rapidly to emerging challenges and opportunities.
Support for development of novel tools, methods and technologies in biosciences. Our Tools and Resources Development Fund (TRDF) aims to pump prime the next generation of tools, technologies and resources that will be required by bioscience research...

Deadline

03/09/2014

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

The purpose of this call is to carry out studies to investigate potential mechanisms for the control of Silver Y moth (Autographa gamma) in Baby leaf crops and other caterpillar species in outdoor lettuce. Damaged caused by the Silver Y and other cat...
The purpose of this call is to carry out studies to investigate potential mechanisms for the control of Silver Y moth (Autographa gamma) in Baby leaf crops and other caterpillar species in outdoor lettuce. Damaged caused by the Silver Y and other caterpillar species can result in unacceptable leaf damage in outdoor baby leaf and lettuce crops where there is zero tolerance for either the presence of, or visible damage from, these pests. Loss of active ingredients have left the industry with a limited list of insecticides which are not effective and all have long harvest intervals. This is resulting in poor control of these pests in UK crops. The Baby Leaf Growers Association (BLGA) and the British Leafy Salad Association (BLSA) wish to commission a project which will investigate the efficacy of a range of control treatments for this economically damaging crop problem.
The purpose of this call is to carry out studies to investigate potential mechanisms for the control of Silver Y moth (Autographa gamma) in Baby leaf crops and other caterpillar species in outdoor lettuce. Damaged caused by the Silver Y and other cat...

Deadline

01/09/2014

Funding Body

HDC

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

The coordination and cooperation of national/regional research activities in the area of integrated biorefinery concepts will be promoted.  Funding for the call will be provided by the four participating national funding organisations from ...
The coordination and cooperation of national/regional research activities in the area of integrated biorefinery concepts will be promoted.  Funding for the call will be provided by the four participating national funding organisations from Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Biorefining is defined as the sustainable processing of biomass into a spectrum of marketable products (food, feed, materials, chemicals) and energy (fuels, power, heat). An integrated biorefinery concept maximises the overall added value of one plant system by way of fractionation of the raw materials, integration of mass and energy flows and of processes, by (ideally) using all components of a raw material for a range of different products/intermediates, and by working with closed loops. Pre-proposals and full proposals are submitted via the ERA-NET Bioenergy submission website.  Deadline for submitting the pre-proposals: 28 April 2014, 1 pm (CET) Deadline for submitting full proposals: 1 September 2014, 1 pm (CET)  Earliest project start date: Jan/Feb 2015
The coordination and cooperation of national/regional research activities in the area of integrated biorefinery concepts will be promoted.  Funding for the call will be provided by the four participating national funding organisations from ...

Deadline

01/09/2014

Funding Body

Technology Strategy Board

Category

Responsive mode

Synopsis

The search is on again for new research projects under the £1.5m post-graduate studentship programme run by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). With the research call for up to 16 PhD studentships, applications will be open t...
The search is on again for new research projects under the £1.5m post-graduate studentship programme run by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). With the research call for up to 16 PhD studentships, applications will be open to all research institutes/universities/colleges to install students by the start of the 2015/16 academic year. Applicants will be expected to show that their proposals meet the priorities of at least one of the AHDB divisions taking part in the programme – Beef & Lamb (EBLEX), Cereals & Oilseeds (HGCA), Horticulture (HDC), Milk (DairyCo) and Potatoes (Potato Council).  
The search is on again for new research projects under the £1.5m post-graduate studentship programme run by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). With the research call for up to 16 PhD studentships, applications will be open t...

Deadline

29/08/2014

Funding Body

AHDB

Category

Internship

Synopsis

A 3-month internship opportunity for BBSRC-, NERC- and AHRC-funded PhD students to work in one of a selected group of highly influential science policy organisations. Summary Internship placements provide an opportunity for current...
A 3-month internship opportunity for BBSRC-, NERC- and AHRC-funded PhD students to work in one of a selected group of highly influential science policy organisations. Summary Internship placements provide an opportunity for current BBSRC-, NERC- and AHRC-funded PhD students to work in one of eight host organisations on a policy topic relevant to both the student and the host. The student will be expected to: produce a briefing paper participate in a policy inquiry, and/or organise a policy event Internships are awarded to both parliamentary and non-parliamentary organisations. Information on current host organisations can be found below.
A 3-month internship opportunity for BBSRC-, NERC- and AHRC-funded PhD students to work in one of a selected group of highly influential science policy organisations. Summary Internship placements provide an opportunity for current...

Deadline

18/08/2014

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Fellowship

Synopsis

The Valuing Nature programme is a five year interdisciplinary NERC-led research programme in collaboration with ESRC, BBSRC, AHRC and Defra. On behalf of the programme funders, NERC are inviting applications from early-career researchers who wish ...
The Valuing Nature programme is a five year interdisciplinary NERC-led research programme in collaboration with ESRC, BBSRC, AHRC and Defra. On behalf of the programme funders, NERC are inviting applications from early-career researchers who wish to develop their understanding of the challenges identified in Goal 1 by developing their research expertise in a different discipline. The fellowships will address the aim of the programme by improving our understanding and questioning of: i. the complexities of the natural environment in valuation analyses; ii. the wider societal and cultural value of ecosystems services; iii. the links between ecosystem stocks and tipping points; iv. how the values of ecosystem services change as tipping points are reached and exceeded; and v. critical levels of natural capital that avoid abrupt and damaging ecosystem change. It is expected that up to three fellowships may be awarded to support environmental researchers to develop social science (including economic) expertise in relation to the goals of the Valuing Nature programme, and for social scientists (including economists) to gain natural science expertise in relation to the goals of the Valuing Nature programme. Funds of up to £900k (80% FEC) are available in support of this call and applications are invited for proposals of a maximum of 36 months duration.  
The Valuing Nature programme is a five year interdisciplinary NERC-led research programme in collaboration with ESRC, BBSRC, AHRC and Defra. On behalf of the programme funders, NERC are inviting applications from early-career researchers who wish ...

Deadline

14/08/2014

Funding Body

NERC
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