On 11 June 2009, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released proposal guidelines for the new Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) program. The purpose of the program is to support innovative scientific research that addresses constraints on small stakeholder farmers in the developing world. The program is cosponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and is administered through NSF’s Plant Genome Research Program. BREAD places an emphasis on crop improvement, but also encourages cross-cutting proposals from all fields of science and engineering that adhere to program guidelines. BREAD is novel for NSF because although the focus is on transformative research, the proposals must also consider the implications of that research for policy and practice.

Letters of intent are due by 5 August 2009, and full proposals are due by 9 September 2009. For more information, please visit http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgmsumm.jsp?pimsid=5338


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