Research Communiqué 4/14/2012

This communiqué is designed to alert you to research resources in the area of livestock systems and climate change. It is posted bi-monthly on the LCC CRSP listserv (For directions on how to sign up for the listserv, go here). In this communiqué are the following:

  • Nine funding opportunities from and other funding sites
  • A curriculum guide for agro-biodiversity

Recent Funding Opportunities


The Tri-continental Program brings together three networks of social science researchers in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. The program will make research grants on the broad theme of global environmental change, agrarian transformation, and food sovereignty in the South. Eligibility extends to experienced researchers in the social sciences who have masters or doctoral degrees, and who are supported by one of the organizing institutions (APISA, CLACSO, or CODESRIA) or their host institutions. A total of nine proposals (three per region) will be selected, with a maximum grant of US$10 thousand per project. The deadline for receipt of applications: April 30, 2012

May -June

The University of Sussex, through the Sussex Climate Change Network, offers up to ten partial scholarships of £3 thousand each for applicants to its MSc programs in climate change. The university supports two programs to provide state-of-the-art training for climate change professionals. The deadline for scholarship applications is May 01, 2012

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) funds the Global Program Food Security (GPFS) to identify innovative projects and initiatives to reduce food losses through post-harvest management. The work should link to the GPFS strategic plan and address knowledge gaps on food security in fragile and post-crisis situations in Sub-Saharan Africa. Grants will range from CHF 400 thousand to CHF 700 thousand per year for up to three years (renewable). The deadline for concept notes: May 04, 2012

LAUNCH seeks to identify and support innovative approaches to global challenges. Previous challenges have focused on each of energy, water, and health. The current challenge “Beyond Waste” calls for proposals that could work at planetary scale to reduce waste and/or make it more valuable. The challenge is open to companies, consultants, entrepreneurs, inventors, nonprofit organizations (with capacity for strong program implementation), research institutions, social enterprises, and venture capitalists. There is no cash prize. LAUNCH will pay the expenses of 10 selected innovators to travel to California in July to present their ideas to a panel of waste experts, business and governmental leaders, and investors. Responses are due: May 15, 2012

The Toyota Foundation supports a Research Grants Program on the theme of new relations between people, nature, and culture — and aspiring to an enriched society in which people sustain each other. There are no restrictions by nationality, affiliation, academic background, or area of residence. Grants can be made to individuals (up to 2 million yen per project) — and to joint projects (up to 10 million yen per project) — for periods of one or two years. Deadline: May 18, 2012

The Rockefeller Foundation 2012 Innovation Challenge encourages knowledge and ideas that will solve problems for the next 100 years in defined themes that include two in agriculture: (i) Irrigation efficiency; and (ii) Encouraging young generations to engage in farming (“Farming Now”). The competition is open to all individuals and organizations in all countries. The Foundation will select multiple finalists to apply for up to US$100 thousand in grants to further develop or implement their ideas. The deadline for entries is: May 25, 2012

The Research Council of Norway funds the NORKLIMA program on climate change and impacts. NORKLIMA is open to applications for research stays abroad (i.e., for Norwegians), visiting researcher stays in Norway, and events that promote the scientific and strategic objectives of the program. Grants for international exchanges are for travel expenses and accommodation. Support for events is limited to a maximum of NOK 50 thousand. The application deadline is May 30, 2012

India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST), in collaboration with the Research Council of Norway (RCN), invite cooperative research projects in subjects that include water resource management; water-related effects of changes in the mass balance of glaciers and rivers; aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems; and freshwater biodiversity. Norway will provide US$500 thousand to US$1.3 million, with an equivalent match from India, for projects up to three years. The closing date for applications: May 30, 2012

The Endeavor Awards provide opportunities for citizens of the Asia- Pacific region, Middle East, Europe, and the Americas to undertake study, research, and professional development in Australia. The program also supports outgoing Australians. The categories of awards vary by purpose, funding levels, duration (short and long-term), and country eligibility. The application period ends June 30, 2012


Teaching agrobiodiversity: a curriculum guide for higher education

Author: Rudebjer, P.; van Schagen, B.; Chakeredza, S.; Njoroge, K.; Kamau, H.; Baena M.
Corporate Author: Bioversity International, Rome (Italy)
Publication Year: 2011

This book discusses key issues in agrobiodiversity education and presents a curriculum framework of 14 topics central to agrobiodiversity processes, conservation and management.  Each topic is briefly introduced along with key learning points, suggested contents, a bibliography and a list of internet resources. The Guide is flexible to fit a range of institutional settings. It suggests suitable ‘entry points’ for quickly integrating aspects of agrobiodiversity into existing courses. It could be used in formal curriculum reviews and in designing short training courses.