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International Development Research @ Cambridge


BBSRC is pleased to announce a call for collaborative proposals to address research challenges relating to the sustainable intensification of agricultural systems in developing countries.


The aim of this call is to enhance livelihoods through interdisciplinary research to improve agricultural systems by understanding, at multiple scales, interactions between the biology of crops and farmed animals (including aquaculture), their environments and management.









Proposals must be led by an eligible Principal Investigator (PI) in the UK, but are expected to be co-designed and delivered in equitable partnerships with “in-country” researchers - who should be included as Co-Investigators (Co-Is) - to deliver tangible benefits to Development Assistance Committee (DAC)-listed countries. They must be based on an existing UK-DAC-list country partnership, evidence of which should be provided. This should include details of earlier collaborative research and outputs that can be built on.


Level of funding

Up to £8 million is available, subject to the quality of proposals received. Funds can be requested for up to two years. Projects must start no later than 1 April 2019.

Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


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