The TSB, together with Defra, the BBSRC and the Scottish Government, are to invest up to £16.5m in collaborative R&D projects to tackle challenges posed by crop and livestock diseases.
Effective control of agricultural disease plays an essential role in realising the yield and market potential of crop and livestock production systems. This competition will stimulate innovative technologies and approaches that optimise yield and quality by targeting bacterial, fungal and viral pathogens. The competition will also support technologies that improve prediction, identification and detection of pathogens for better disease management, raw material quality and reduced losses during post-harvest storage.
Project proposals must be business-led and collaborative and are open to businesses of any size and research organisations. The competition is a two-stage process and opens on 6 May 2014. The deadline for submitting expressions of interest applications is at noon on 18 June 2014.
More details can be found here.