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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.