€10m for crop research
31.07.2012 - The transnational plant genome research funding initiative PLANT-KBBE has published its 6th call: €10m will be provided for crop breeding projects.
The acronym PLANT-KBBE stands for: 'Transnational PLant Alliance for Novel Technologies – towards implementing the Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy in Europe' (PLANT-KBBE) and represents an international funding initiative between France, Spain, Germany and Portugal. National funding partners are the Ministry of Research and Innovation (DGRI) in France, represented by the national funding agency ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche), the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) in Spain, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Germany and the Portuguese national funding agency FCT (Fundação para a Ciênca e a Tecnologia).
Purpose of the call, which is the 6th transnational ‘Call for Proposals’ (‘Food & Feed: crop yields and nutrition security in the context of climate change‘) is the accelerated implementation of practical applications based on achieved scientific findings, accompanied with an immediate transfer of research results in new processes, products and services. The programme targets projects that are based on the following general research themes: Yield stability, plant health, adaptation to pressures from the environment and phenotypic plasticity.
The higher purpose of the PLANT-KBBE funding initiative is the implementation, as well as continuation, of transnational research projects between research groups and enterprises of the partner countries mentioned above, with the objective of further deepening the already existing cooperation between economy and science in and between these countries. In the framework of PLANT-KBBE, SMEs are particularly addressed. The funding partners also intend to support such multi-disciplinary R&D-activities in the context of public-private-partnerships, integrating other research fields apart from plant biotechnology. Full proposals are to be submitted by October 15.