Sustainable Agriculture Research & Innovation Club (SARIC) Sandpit 2017

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24-26 October 2017 (Tuesday - Thursday)

 This event has now closed 

NERC and the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) invited applications to participate in an interactive strategic workshop (sandpit).

The purpose of the sandpit was to develop research and research translation projects to support the aim of the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Innovation Club (SARIC). SARIC's aims are to generate innovative solutions to the sustainable intensification of agriculture in the UK within the challenge themes of: resilient and robust crop and livestock production systems and predictive capabilities for sustainable agriculture.

The sandpit commenced with an evening networking reception on 24 October 2017 and continued with two full days on 25 and 26 October 2017 to generate proposals. Applicants applied to participate via the NERC website and received a formal invitation confirming attendance.

Specific industry challenges were posed by the Club during the sandpit to stimulate the development of proposals. Participants presented a project idea as part of a multidisciplinary team to an expert panel on the final day of the sandpit.

BBSRC and NERC have allocated approximately £1 million for research grants and approximately £0·5 million for research translation grants (the precise ratio of funding between the two types of grants will reflect the applications received).

Sandpit projects are now invited to be submitted as proposals for either a research or research translation grant through the Joint electronic submissions (Je-S) system - external link. All proposals must fall within the remit of SARIC and its two key challenges:

  • resilient and robust crop and livestock production systems
  • predictive capabilities for sustainable agriculture.

NERC and BBSRC are now inviting proposal applications from delegates who attended the SARIC Sandpit on 24-26 October 2017 in Birmingham.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted via Je-S by 16:00 (GMT) on 29 November 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

Full guidance can be found in the call text below.

Call (PDF, 707KB)


For further details please contact:

Liliya Serazetdinova
SARIC coordinator
07974 171845

Chris Danks
SARIC coordinator

Lizzie Hinchcliffe
Programme Manager (Innovation)
01793 411940