9 August 2017
STFC, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), all parts of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), along with the Indian Government’s Department for Biotechnology (DBT), have pre-announced a joint Newton-Bhabha Fund call for collaborative research proposals focussing on enhancement of agricultural data relevant to animal and plant health in India.
The call for joint UK-India proposals will open in late September 2018/early October 2018 and the UK funders have up to £2 million to commit to this call, with matched funding from DBT.
The joint India-UK multi-disciplinary call will aim to enhance and add value to existing animal and plant health data (both in India and the UK) in an agricultural context, through work on data and datasets to increase their accessibility and reusability. In addition, the focus will be on early stage development and provision of tools, algorithms or software that will add value to data by allowing analysis or interpretation of datasets, generation of models or predictions, or development of new insights by integrating datasets.
The purpose of the call is to build effective multi-disciplinary networks and partnerships between Indian and UK researchers and encourage end-user engagement (for example with farmers).
An opportunity is now available to express interest in attending a partnership building workshop to be held in India during the week commencing 19 November 2018.
The call for proposals will be launched in late September/early October 2018 and will close in early January 2019 to allow time for both workshop participants and those who are not able to attend the workshop to develop up to 18-month project proposals in collaboration with Indian partners. Attendance at the workshop is not mandatory to apply to the call; presentations and a workshop report will be made public after the event.
Although the UK component of this call will be managed by BBSRC, it is an equal partnership with STFC and NERC (alongside DBT). We welcome diverse disciplines to consider how they might work together to address the aims of the call.
You can learn more about the call here.