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Sustainable Agriculture Research & Innovation Club (SARIC) - Announcement of Opportunity 2014

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

Proposals were asked to 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, 136KB)

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.

  • 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.

Assessment Sub-group Membership

SARIC Assessment Sub-group (PDF, 113KB)

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, 8.2MB)

Funded projects

SARIC research translation projects – September 2014 (PDF, 123KB)

SARIC research projects - June 2015 (PDF, 261KB)


David Telford
SARIC co-ordinator
01316 517331

Jodie Mitchell
Knowledge and innovation manager
01793 418004