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Newton Fund call for collaborative research proposals in rice research

The Newton Fund is an initiative intended to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and emerging knowledge economies. It will deliver £375M of funding over the course of five years.


Newton Fund UK-China-Philippines-Thailand-Vietnam call for collaborative research proposals in rice research

Deadline for applications: Thursday 13 August 2015, 4pm (GMT)

The purpose of this call is to build on the combined strengths of academic research groups within China, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and the UK to work together on collaborative interdisciplinary research that will underpin the long-term sustainable production of rice. Up to £6.5M from BBSRC and NERC has been earmarked for this call with matched funding from partner agencies in China, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. It is anticipated that that the funding on the UK side will be divided equally between the four partner countries.

Applicants are invited to submit bilateral or multilateral collaborative research proposals comprising eligible researchers from the UK, China, Thailand, the Philippines or Vietnam. All proposals will be required to have a UK Principal Investigator, in addition to a Principal Investigator from one or more of the partner countries.

The funders aim to support innovative basic, strategic or applied research that will contribute to and underpin long-term sustainable production of rice, including an understanding that rice production sits alongside the provision of other ecosystem services. Proposals of up to three years in duration will be encouraged to address the following challenges in rice:

  • Greater resilience to biotic and abiotic stresses

  • Improved resource use efficiency (including Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Water)

  • Improved quality of rice (including nutritional enhancement and grain quality)

  • Novel research tool and technology development supporting the above areas (including systems biology, bioinformatics, screening and characterisation of germplasm for gene and trait discovery)

In addition to the challenges listed above, proposals will also be welcomed in the following areas and countries:

  • Improved photosynthetic efficiency in rice (China, Thailand, UK)

  • Environmentally sustainable rice cultivation systems (Thailand, Philippines, UK)

  • Utilisation of rice by-products (Philippines, Vietnam, UK)

  • Sustainably increasing the genetic yield potential of rice (China, UK)

The participating agencies wish to develop and strengthen transnational collaborations across the countries involved and to support collaborations which will have a real impact in this field. Applicants must successfully demonstrate the sustainability of the collaboration and the potential impact of the activities proposed.

Deadline for appliactions: Thursday 13 August 2015, 4pm (GMT)

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