RCUK-CIAT Newton-Caldas Fund Sustainable Tropical Agricultural Systems Programme - Project scoping workshop

17 July 2017

NERC, together with the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), are pleased to announce a new UK-Colombia programme in sustainable tropical agricultural systems supported by the Newton-Caldas Fund.

Proposals for the pump-priming phase of this call will be developed at a project scoping workshop to be held at CIAT Headquarters in Cali, Colombia, on 30 October - 2 November 2017. Applications for academic participation in this workshop are now open.

The specific aims of the UK-CIAT Sustainable Tropical Agricultural Systems Programme are to:

  1. Fund high quality development-relevant research focused on the resilience and sustainability of tropical agricultural systems containing pulses and/or tropical forages, which will contribute to the sustainable economic development and welfare of Colombia and wider.
  2. Forge mutually-beneficial partnerships between researchers in the UK and CIAT on pulse and/or forage-based tropical agricultural systems that contribute to food security through international collaboration in agricultural research for development.
  3. Support truly interdisciplinary projects combining at least two of the environmental, biological, and economic and social sciences.

The call will be managed as a two-stage process with the first stage being awards for pump-priming proposals. Applications to the pump-priming stage will be developed and assessed at the project scoping workshop. Attendance at this workshop is a requirement for leading an application. The second stage of funding (opening in 2018) will build on successful pump-primed projects.

The closing date for expressions of interest to attend the workshop is 16:00 on 6 September 2017.

For further details, including scientific scope and how to apply, please refer to the call on the BBSRC website - external link - or contact for further information.