BBSRC UK-India Agricultural Data: Enhancement by Integration, Interpretation and Reusability

Deadline: 18 September 2018

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), all parts of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), with the Indian Government’s Department for Biotechnology (DBT), are pleased to pre-announce a joint Newton-Bhabha Fund call for collaborative research proposals focussing on enhancement of agricultural data relevant to animal and plant health in India.

The purpose of the call is to build effective multi-disciplinary networks and partnerships between Indian and UK researchers and encourage end-user engagement (for example with farmers).

Funding Information

The grants will be short-term projects of up to 18 months awarded to a maximum of £150,000 (at 80% fEC) in the UK, with matched contribution from DBT.

Outline Scientific Scope

The joint India-UK multi-disciplinary call will aim to enhance and add value to existing animal and plant health data (both in India and the UK) in an agricultural context, through work on data and datasets to increase their accessibility and reusability. In addition, the focus will be on early stage development and provision of tools, algorithms or software that will add value to data by allowing analysis or interpretation of datasets, generation of models or predictions, or development of new insights by integrating datasets.


Investments made through this call will:

  • Increase their capability to predict disease/pest/pathogen outbreaks. Also, generate new knowledge that will improve yields and productivity on-farms, enhance animal and plant health, reduce losses, and increase farmers’ incomes Thus, improving the livelihood of small-holder farmers in India
  • Develop big data handling capacity and capability in India and the UK and develop tools, resources and methodologies for reuse, integration and responsible sharing of agricultural data between India and the UK.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit BBSRC.

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