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NERC and the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) invite proposals for both research and research translation projects to the first call of the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Innovation Club (SARIC). Approximately £5m of funding is available for this call, divided between research grants (£3·5m) and research translation (£1·5m).

Proposals should address the first key challenge identified by SARIC industry members: Resilient and robust crop and livestock production systems. This is described in the Scope section of the Announcement of Opportunity.

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 135KB)

The twin focus on both research and research translation in SARIC is represented by two specific funding streams that will operate concurrently:

  • Research proposals which will provide new data and knowledge.

    This call is being managed by BBSRC.

    Call opens: 23 May 2014 (available in Je-S: 23 May 2014)
    Call closes: 16:00 on 11 September 2014

  • Research translation proposals which will support innovative approaches to translating existing research data and knowledge into new tools, technologies and other outcomes that create tangible economic or societal benefits.

    This call is being managed by NERC.

    Call opens: 23 May 2014 (available in Je-S: 30 June 2014)
    Call closes: 16:00 on 29 July 2014

To help with your preparations in completing your research translation proposal when the call opens in Je-S, please use the form below for your reference.

Indicative Je-S form (Word, 107KB)

Assessment Sub-group Membership

SARIC Assessment Sub-group (PDF, 114KB)

Frequently Asked Questions



A workshop for both calls was held on 18 June 2014 at the Royal Academy of Engineering, London. The purpose of the workshop was for applicants to:

  • Understand the SARIC research challenges and assessment process
  • Meet other potential applicants and form new collaborations
  • Discuss proposals with representatives from the SARIC steering group, the Club's company members and the Research Councils

Workshop presentations (PDF, 8.16MB)


David Telford
SARIC co-ordinator
01316 517331

Paul Meakin
SARIC co-ordinator
07972 842897

Jodie Clarke
Knowledge and innovation manager
01793 418004

Stephen Norton
Business interaction manager, Business Interaction Unit, BBSRC
01793 411662

Faith Smith
Senior business interaction manager, Business Interaction Unit, BBSRC
01793 442802

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    • Announcement of Opportunity 2014
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