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Sustainable Agriculture Research and Innovation Club (SARIC)

Interested in funding from SARIC? Go to the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Innovation Club (SARIC) sandpit page (in News, events and publications section).

The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Innovation Club (SARIC) is a joint BBSRC and NERC initiative to support innovative projects that will provide solutions to key challenges affecting the efficiency, productivity and sustainability of the UK crop and livestock sectors.

Research challenges

Approximately £10M of funding is available through the 5-year partnership between BBSRC, NERC and a consortium of leading companies to address two key challenges identified by industry:

  • Resilient and robust crop and livestock production systems
  • Predictive capability and modelling for new technologies, tools, products and services

Funding for these areas is split into two streams:

  • Research grants, providing new knowledge and data
  • Research translation grants developing tools and products from existing data

In recognition of an increased interest and importance of the inclusion of social and economic science perspectives to challenges in sustainable agriculture, ESRC has become a partner in the second SARIC call for proposals.

Club members

SARIC has 12 company members who contribute to funding research and take part in directing the Club’s activities. SARIC has a total budget of approximately £10M:

  • £1M – company membership subscriptions
  • £9M – BBSRC, NERC and ESRC
Visit Natural Environment Research Council website
ESRC website

Industrial members

Associated British Agriculutre
Anglian Water website
Barworth Agriculture website
Bayer Crop Science website
BBRO website
Cawood Scientific website
Elsoms Seeds website
Envirnoment Systems
Visit the Monsanto website
Visit Syngenta website
Welsh Water website

Sandpit workshop for the third SARIC call

The third funding call for SARIC is now open. The scope for the third call remains the same as for previous calls. This third funding call will be launched at a sandpit event this October. For further details please visit the NERC sandpit registration page (NERC: Sustainable Agriculture Research & Innovation Club (SARIC) Sandpit 2017). The third round of SARIC is open to all eligible UK-based academic applicants. Please note that only academics who attend the sandpit event will be eligible to apply as PIs for this third round of SARIC funding.