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.
The Global Research Alliance is pleased to welcome Honduras as its newest member country. Honduras will be involved in a regional collaborative Alliance project about to take place in Central America.
There are now 34 Member countries participating in the activities of the Global Research Alliance: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam.
For more information on Honduras’ participation in the Alliance or how to become a member country please contact the Alliance Secretariat.
The Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE – JPI), together with the Belmont Forum, have launched an international call on Food Security and Land Use Change. The Collaborative Research Action (CRA) brings together Cyprus, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Romania, France, the UK, Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, South Africa and the USA. This Collaborative Research Action focuses on the two-way interactions between the dynamics of food systems and land use change, including the implications of the change on biodiversity and ecosystem services. The total call budget approximates € 10 million, with 14 different countries participating. The call, involving two types of projects, will be open until September 30th. You can find all relevant information on the FACCE website under “FACCE activities”. For more information see the official press release.
BEEF AND SHEEP
Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) seek an outstanding new leader for their Beef and Sheep Research Centre. The post will be based in Edinburgh and focused around SRUC’s extensive research facilities at Bush Estate near Edinburgh. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading development of a research programme of international quality focused on an increased understanding of ruminants and their management systems. The research will play a significant role addressing conflicting global problems of food security and climate change. Complete advertisement for head of the Sheep and Beef Research Centre.
HILL AND MOUNTAIN
Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) seek an inspired and inspiring leader for their Hill and Mountain Research Centre. The post will be based in Edinburgh but focused around SRUC’s extensive research facilities in the West Highlands of Scotland. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading development of a research programme of international quality that addresses the challenges for agriculture, other land uses and associated policy making in the hills and uplands of Scotland and similar ecosystems elsewhere in the world. Complete advertisement for head of the Hill and Mountain Research Centre.
Both applications close on 12th August 2013, see http://www.sruc.ac.uk for more details.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, in cooperation with the United Nations University, established in 2011 a capacity building programme for leading scientists engaged in research related to sustainable agriculture. This programme supports on-the-job training (OJT) projects for young researchers in developing countries. For the 2013 fiscal year, in support of the activities of Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA), priority will be given to those projects which relate to climate change mitigation. For more information, please visit the UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) (link: http://isp.unu.edu/news/2013/ojcb-programme.html ).
For more information on fellowships and awards in support of the Alliance visit the Fellowships and Awards page here.
The latest Livestock Research Group Newsletter for May 2013 has now been uploaded to the website. Download it here Newsletter 8 – May 2013 or see the Livestock Research page.
The Nitrous Oxide Chamber Methodologies page has now been added to the website. The full guidelines document can be downloaded on the page, or indivodual chapters. The document provides internationally agreed reference guidelines for measuring N2O emissions using chamber methodologies, so as to inform the production quality N2O flux measurement data and improve inter-comparability between international studies.
The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is hosting a plenary, cross-divisional symposium at its annual meeting of the Tri-Societies (American Society of Agronomy-Crop Science Society of America-Soil Science Society of America) on Monday 4 November 2013 in Tampa, Florida. The symposium will address one of the most important questions facing science and society “How Can Global Food/Fiber Security and Environmental Quality be Simultaneously Achieved?”
Download the SSSA symposium flyer for more information.
The Soil science symposium is to be held alongside the annual “Tri-Societies” conference in Tampa, Florida, USA. The Alliance’s Croplands Research Group will hold its 2013 meeting on Thursday 7 November in Tampa, Florida alongside the Conference events.
The Netherlands Country Page has now been added to the website. It outlines the Netherlands’ contribution to the Alliance and current projects. The Netherlands sees the GRA as an important platform for sharing information and achieving common goals. To read more click here.
The first issue of the Paddy Rice Research Group e-News has been released. Download it here: PRRG_e-News_130402.
The newsletter will be sent out to the contact points of member countries and partners and is planned to be issued once every three months or so. The e-News will be a good tool for communicating with eachother. Please transfer and circulate it to anyone whom you know to be interested in the activities of GRA-PRRG.
If you have any useful information that is relevant to the GRA-PRRG, such as events, meetings, publications and others, please send to Kaz Yagi at [email protected].
For more information on the Paddy Rice Research Group and its activities see the Paddy Rice Research Group page.
The first issue of a newsletter communicating the UK’s participation in the Global Research Alliance has been released. Download Issue 1 UK Agri-Science and Innovation [PDF] – Supporting international actions to mitigate agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.
Issue 1 covers international activities that build upon the UK Government’s investment in the UK Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Platform (www.ghgplatform.org.uk) including: UK participation at Alliance Research Group meetings, Alliance activities and networks being led by the UK and participation at capacity building workshops and network meetings by UK scientists.
For more information on the UK’s participation in the Global Research Alliance and to receive regular updates, meeting reports, notification of funding opportunities and events please contact [email protected] or [email protected].
Vietnamese researcher, Loan Thanh Le, from the University of Agriculture and Forestry in Ho Chi Minh City has been awarded a Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Borlaug Fellowship. Le will study greenhouse gas emissions from the production of rice and biofuel feedstocks at Kansas State University, USA for three months. Read more about Le’s work in the High Plains/ Mid West Ag Journal.
Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Borlaug Fellowships are awarded under the auspices of the Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service. The fellowships are funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Fellows are selected from eight developing countries that are members of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases.