August 4, 2013   •   News

NZ International Research Fund: Third round now open

Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the Third round of the New Zealand Fund for Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research (the Fund) are now being called.  The Fund is a contestable international research fund set up by New Zealand in support of the objectives of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, in particular its Livestock Research Group. Strong preference will be given to collaborative proposals that involve international partners.

The Fund is aimed at accelerating global research in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from pastoral livestock farming by seeking solutions to three grand research challenges in the areas of (i) manipulating rumen function; (ii) reducing nitrous oxide emissions from soils; and (iii) manipulating the rates of soil carbon change.

There is a maximum of NZ$10 million available for the third funding round. Successful projects are expected to be in the range of $1-4 million and lasting up to four years in duration. Projects from Round 3 are expected to start from March 2015 and must end by 30 June 2019. The Fund follows a two-stage application process, beginning with submitting a short Expression Of Interest (EOI). Successful EOIs are then invited to submit full proposals. The call for EOIs is now open. EOIs must be submitted by 2 December 2013 (2pm New Zealand Standard Time).

Please visit http://www.mpi.govt.nz/nzlivestockemissionsfund to obtain further information on the fund as well as the guidelines and application forms.