The second call for proposals to the BBSRC Crop Improvement Research Club (CIRC) is now open

6th May 2011

In order to bring together industry and the research community to support research in the area of crop improvement BBSRC, the Scottish Government and industry launched the Crop Improvement Research Club (CIRC). The Club addresses research challenges in barley, oilseed rape and wheat and their use in the production of food and drink for humans and feed for animals.


CIRC currently has 14 company members who contribute to funding research and take part in directing the Club’s activities. CIRC has a total budget of approximately £7.06 M. (£560k of which comes from industrial membership subscriptions, £500k from the Scottish Government and £6.0 M from the BBSRC). There is approximately £3.5M to be awarded through this second call for proposals.


CIRC works closely with other funding initiatives such as the Technology Strategy Board's Sustainable Agriculture and Food Innovation Platform and the relevant Defra Genetic Improvement Networks to ensure that activities are complementary and capitalise on opportunities to work collaboratively.

A full description of the scope of this call can be downloaded from the BBSRC's webpage at Research proposals are sought for funding for up to five years. It is likely that the aims of CIRC can best be achieved by an interdisciplinary approach. Collaborative applications which bring together groups with relevant expertise are therefore particularly encouraged. The call will involve a two stage application process with an initial outline stage followed by a full stage for invited submissions only. The deadline for outline applications is 29 June 2011. There is approximately £3.5M available for funding research projects through this call. A workshop to promote the call and to enable networking between the industry members of the Club and potential applicants will be held on 23 May.

If you wish to register for this event please follow the link to the online registration page:


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