$8 million for sustainable food research

10th July 2012 The synopsis for this grant opportunity is detailed below, following this paragraph. This synopsis contains all of the updates to this document that have been posted as of 07/10/2012 . If updates have been made to the…

10th July 2012

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Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: 12-579
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Posted Date: Jul 10, 2012
Creation Date: Jul 10, 2012
Original Closing Date for Applications: Feb 01, 2013    Preliminary Proposal Due Date(s) (optional): September 07, 2012 required for participation in Ideas Lab otherwise optional Full Proposal Deadline(s): February 01, 2013
Current Closing Date for Applications: Feb 01, 2013    Preliminary Proposal Due Date(s) (optional): September 07, 2012 required for participation in Ideas Lab otherwise optional Full Proposal Deadline(s): February 01, 2013
Archive Date: Mar 01, 2013
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards: 10
Estimated Total Program Funding: $8,000,000
Award Ceiling: $1,500,000
Award Floor:
CFDA Number(s): 47.074  —  Biological Sciences
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Eligible Applicants

Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”

Additional Information on Eligibility:

Agency Name

National Science Foundation

Description

Nitrogen is critical to plant growth. A limited number of plant species have the capacity to fix atmospheric nitrogen through symbioses with nitrogen fixing bacteria; the rest need to obtain their nitrogen through soluble compounds in soil. For the majority of crop plants, nitrogen availability has been increased through the use of nitrogen-based fertilizers. However, application of artificial fertilizers is costly and is limited in developing countries, where the cost and lack of infrastructure are barriers. The process by which these fertilizers are produced is energy-intensive and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. Further, much of the nitrogen applied to agricultural land through fertilizers is not used by the crop and is lost as run-off into water courses or as greenhouse gases through denitrification, resulting in deleterious impacts on the environment. The ultimate aim of this Ideas Lab between the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the US and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) in the UK is to help meet the challenge of sustainably producing enough food for a growing population while reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The aspiration is that mixing researchers from diverse scientific backgrounds will engender fresh thinking and new approaches that can be used to increase nitrogen availability to crop plants whilst maintaining or increasing yield, and hence decrease the need for the application of fertilizer. In addition, by bringing together highly qualified researchers from the US and the UK, the intention is to form strong transatlantic alliances, where the resulting synergies from the expertise of each partner allow for significant added value. US researchers may submit preliminary proposals only via FastLane for participating in the Ideas Lab in which a set of multidisciplinary ideas will be developed. These will be submitted as full proposals. Alternatively, US researchers who cannot or do not desire to participate in the Ideas Lab can submit full proposals directly via FastLane or Grants.gov in response to this solicitation. Collaboration among researchers from USA and UK is strongly encouraged in the full proposals. The link to the BBSRC announcement is http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/2012/ideaslab-nitrogen-improving-on-nature.aspx.

Link to Additional Information

NSF Publication 12-579

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