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Pre-announcement: UK-India Newton-Bhabha Fund joint call on pulses and oilseeds

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Call status: Closed
Call opens: July 2017
Application deadline: Autumn 2017


BBSRC and India’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT) will shortly open a UK-India Newton-Bhabha Fund joint call for applications to a new initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to address biological constraints on the production in India of pulses and oilseeds grown for food or animal feed. The aim of the call is to use genomic approaches to accelerate varietal improvement by understanding and exploiting traits to enhance yield potential, increase tolerance to climatic stresses or poor-quality soils, or counter pests or diseases.

BBSRC and DBT wish to encourage a small number of larger-scale multi-institutional collaborative applications between UK and Indian researchers to undertake high quality three-year projects aimed at increasing the productivity, resilience, sustainability or quality of the target crops in India. Where necessary, the funders will support the development of new genomic and associated bioinformatic resources, but existing resources should also be used where relevant, particularly for comparative studies.

It is intended that the call for applications will close in autumn 2017 with successful projects announced in March 2018.

Networking meeting

To launch the call, BBSRC is holding a UK networking meeting in central London (venue to be confirmed) on 30 June, starting at 11:00. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the scope of the call and the type of applications to be sought. This event will also assist the funders with an early understanding of possible challenges and barriers to collaborative research.

As collaboration will be an essential component of proposals, both within the UK and between the UK and India, this will be a good opportunity to meet potential UK collaborators. If you would like to attend please register your details via KeySurvey: Pulses and Oilseeds Newton Town Meeting (read our Terms of use: Key Survey). Please note that your contact details will be made available to other participants in the form of a delegate list.

How to apply

BBSRC and DBT intend opening the call for proposals on the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system in July 2017; in the meantime if you have any queries about this initiative please contact

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