Several donors have teamed up for an innovative research initiative that aims to improve food security in developing countries.
The U.K. Department for International Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Indian Department of Biotechnology have contributed USD32 million toward the Sustainable Crop Production Research for International Development Initiative. The project aims to back “high-quality basic and strategic biological and biotechnological research” that can help boost the production of major food crops in the developing world within the next five to 10 years.
The U.K. Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, which oversees the program, is inviting researchers to submit proposals for SCPRID funding. The application period ends March 31, 2010. More information on the grant competition can be found here.