October 17, 2018   •   News

Announcement of a Joint Call on “Novel technologies, solutions and systems to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in animal production systems”.

The Joint Call is a partnership between three European ERA-NET research initiatives on Sustainable Animal Production (SusAn), Monitoring and Mitigation of Greenhouse Gases from Agriculture and Silviculture (ERA-GAS) and Information and Communication Technologies and Robotics for Sustainable Agriculture (ICT-AGRI).

The Joint Call is supported by research partners from 24 countries, including from outside of Europe, participating countries are:  Belgium, Chile, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK and Uruguay.

The overall objective of the 2018 Joint Call is to contribute to the development of novel technologies, solutions and systems to reduce the GHG intensity of animal production systems (excluding aquaculture or fur animals) in Europe and beyond. This funding initiative calls for applied research. The projects’ potential impact should be relevant for the mitigation of GHG emissions within the coming 5 – 10 years. Deadline for proposal submission: 3rd December 2018

The call announcement and link to the online submission tool can be found on the FACCE-JPI website.

August 13, 2018   •   News

We are pleased to announce that the second round of the CLIFF-GRADS program is now open!

Students from developing countries currently enrolled in PhD programs are invited to apply for short-term scientific training and research stays on topics related to the measurement and management of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon storage in agricultural systems.

Applicants should have a background in agriculture and climate change research and be pursuing graduate research related to agricultural greenhouse gas quantification.

Selected students will be sponsored in the amount of 10,000-12,000 USD for short-term (4-6 month) scientific training and research stays to collaborate with projects associated with CCAFS and GRA. Specific topics will depend on student and host institution scientist interests. A list of projects seeking to host students is included on the CCAFS CLIFF-GRADS webpage.

The grants will be used to support living and research costs at the host institution. Grants may not be used for tuition or unrelated personal expenses.

Background

CLIFF-GRADS is a joint initiative of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change (CCAFS) low emissions development flagship and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA). CLIFF-GRADS aims to build the capability of early career agricultural students in developing countries to conduct applied research on climate change mitigation in agriculture. CLIFF-GRADS integrates the GRA’s new Development Scholarship and the CCAFS Climate Food and Farming Research Network with the common goal of providing grants to graduate students to expand their knowledge and experience in quantification of agricultural greenhouse gases. Research projects are hosted by CCAFS and GRA members and partners. Funding for CLIFF-GRADS is provided by the Government of New Zealand and by the CGIAR Trust Fund and bilateral agreements in support of CCAFS.

 

July 11, 2017   •   News

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – through its Co-operative Research Programme (CRP) – has opened a call for applications to fund travelling research fellowships and to sponsor international conferences (such as workshops, congresses and symposia) on cutting edge issues in agriculture, food, fisheries and forestry in 2018. The CRP operates under three themes – Managing Natural Capital for the Future, Managing Risks in a Connected World, Transformational Technologies and Innovation. More information, including full details of the application process and selection criteria for both the fellowships and conference support, is available on the website:  www.oecd.org/agriculture/crp

April 25, 2017   •   News

The call from our Partner, FONTAGRO, will fund up to US $ 1.2 million in projects to support innovations that meet the growing demand for food without affecting natural resources.

“Innovations for the sustainable intensification of family agriculture in the face of climate change . 

CONTEXT
In the coming decades, one of the greatest challenges facing mankind is how to meet the growing needs of the population in terms of food demand, by increasing the productivity of farming systems in the face of climate change, without affecting natural resources. In that sense, FONTAGRO has decided to promote the development of innovations that promote the sustainable intensification of agriculture and thus contribute to the sustainable production of food with less impact on the environment, especially on soil and water.

FINANCING
The call is made with FONTAGRO’s own resources and will finance up to 4 projects for a total amount of US $ 1.2 million, to support innovation platforms constituted by public and private agents from two or more member countries that work from Coordinated way, also contributing counterpart funds.

The 2017 Call is one of the operating mechanisms of FONTAGRO to support the research and innovation of family agriculture. In this case, the call is aimed at encouraging the development of projects to intensify agricultural production systems in a sustainable way, not only ensuring the natural resource base but also improving them for future generations.

EXAMPLES
Some successful projects co-financed and / or recognized by FONTAGRO in previous calls and contests on intensification are: 
i. Harvesting water: The grail of eco-efficient agriculture . 
Ii. Adapta Sertão: Adaptation to climate change in the hands of the community . 
Iii. Towards a productive and friendly environment . 
Iv. Feeding people and the planet: Maize cultivation in partnership with Inga edulis in Ixcán, Guatemala.  (Page 195)

The closure for profiling is June 30, 2017 at 1 PM Eastern Time.

For more information on the 2017 Call please visit here

For frequently asked questions on calls access here

For inquiries: [email protected]

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ABOUT FONTAGRO
FONTAGRO is a unique mechanism of regional cooperation that promotes the innovation of family agriculture, competitiveness and food security. It was created in 1998 and is made up of fifteen member countries that have contributed with capital close to US $ 100 million. It is sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). Its Technical Administrative Secretariat is located at the IDB’s offices in Washington, DC FONTAGRO has cofinanced more than 100 projects and initiatives to its member countries for an approximate amount of US $ 88.7 million, including contributions from other funders and executing institutions. The countries that compose it are Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela.

FONTAGRO Call

January 31, 2017   •   News

ICT-AGRI (Information & Communication Technology and Robotics for Sustainable Agriculture) has launched their 2017 call on farm management systems for precision farming.

Funded by the European Commission’s ERA-NET scheme, ICT-AGRI  aims to contribute to the development of an eco-efficient, resource-efficient and competitive agriculture through an enhanced and improved use of ICT and robotics.  Precision Farming involves a number of digital technologies, including the Internet of Things and automated agricultural machinery, and is recognised having significant potential for the sustainable intensification of primary food production.

The topics of the call are:

  1. ​Agricultural research on use of sensor data for decision support
  2. Development of applications for Precision Farming
  3. Cases of integration of third-party applications with Farm Management Systems

For further information please download the Information for Applicants

Proposals must be submitted by 21 April 2017.

October 22, 2016   •   News

The Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program is now accepting scientific research proposals from researchers in developing countries for a number of multi-focus and country-specific areas, including the use of climate-smart agriculture in Magadascar. View the calls on the PEER webpage

PEER is part of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Development Lab effort to bring together diverse partners to discover, test and scale breakthrough solutions to critical challenges in international development.

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Apply for a PEER grant

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May 30, 2016   •   News

The New Zealand Government has opened a fourth round of the Fund for Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research (GPLER), in support of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA).

The GPLER invests in collaborative projects that advance innovative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from pastoral livestock farming. This round is valued at over NZD$9 million and seeks projects in response to research challenges spanning rumen function, nitrous oxide emissions, soil carbon change, and improvements in farm-system emissions intensity.

Applications are welcomed from multi-disciplinary teams that pool the best international expertise. Any GRA member country can lead bids but there are minimum requirements for New Zealand participation that must be met.

The deadline for applications is 14:00 NZST, Friday 8 July 2016. Projects are expected to start by July 2017 and conclude by June 2020. For more information on the GPLER, including downloading the Rules & Guidelines for Applicants and the pre-proposal application form, please see https://www.mpi.govt.nz/funding-and-programmes/farming/global-partnerships-in-livestock-emissions-research/

March 7, 2016   •   News

Call for proposals: ERA-GAS ERA-NET for Monitoring & Mitigation of Greenhouse gases from Agri- and Silvi-culture.

The aim of the ERA-NET ERA-GAS Co-fund is to strengthen the transnational coordination of research programmes and provide added value to research and innovation on greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation in the European Research Area and in New Zealand.

The scientific scope of the present call for proposals addresses collaborative projects in the following four research themes:

Theme 1): Improving national GHG inventories and monitoring, reporting and verification of emissions

Theme 2): Refining and facilitating the implementation of GHG mitigation technologies

Theme 3): State of the art production systems that are profitable and improve food and forest biomass production while reducing GHG emissions

Theme 4): Assessment of policy and economic measures to support emissions reductions across the farm-to-fork and forest-to-consumer chain.

Pre-Proposals must be submitted via the ERA-Net ERA-GAS submission tool by 3rd of May 2016 14:00 CET. Visit https://www.submission-eragas.eu/call1  to download the call announcement and for more information.Era-gas logo

September 23, 2014   •   News

AGGP is the initial response of Canada to the GRA initiative. It was open to Canadian organizations and will come to completion in 2015. The program will provide Canadian farmers with technologies to manage their land and livestock in a way that will mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To find out more: http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/?id=1331047113009#l1

August 4, 2013   •   News

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.