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UK-India Newton-Bhabha Fund joint call on pulses and oilseeds (deadline: 24th October 2017)

The Newton Bhabha Fund uses the UK’s strengths in research and innovation to support greater scientific research capacity in India and build research partnerships between British and India research institutions leading to joint solutions to the challenges facing India in economic development and social welfare. BBSRC and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) announce a call for research into pulses and oilseeds, supported by the Newton-Bhabha Fund and the government of India.

Newton-Bhabha FundBBSRCDepartment of Biotechnology - IndiaThe Newton Bhabha Fund is part of the UK’s £375 million Newton Fund to support science and innovation partnerships between the UK and emerging powersIn India, the Fund is worth £50 million over five years and is supported by the UK and Indian governments through a ministerial agreement. Activities under the fund will be managed by a core group of Delivery Partners: the Academies; British Council/HE International Unit; Research Councils; TSB; and the Met Office.

Pulses and oilseeds are important crops in India and the UK, but production of both falls short of demand in India and substantial quantities are imported each year.   The availability of additional land to grow these crops in India is limited, so increased production will need to come from increasing yield and reducing losses. This call seeks collaborative applications to develop and use genomic and bioinformatic resources to aid the development of improved varieties.

The funders aim to support innovative basic, strategic or applied research that will enable the production of these crops to be enhanced by addressing issues such as ability to withstand extremes of environmental conditions, resilience to pests or diseases, or stability of yield. Applications are invited for multi-institutional collaborative research projects involving scientists in the UK and India, of up to three years in duration. Up to £3.5 million is available from BBSRC to support the UK components of this research and this is matched by DBT’s support for the Indian components. Industrial partners can be involved in the research as project partners but are not eligible to receive funding from BBSRC.

Please read more and apply here.

 

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