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UK-Canada: AAFC-IWYP aligned call

Copyright: Ruby O'Grady
IWYP website

Call status: Closed
Previous call: 28 September 2018 - 31 January 2019


The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have established a joint funding call to support Canada-UK research collaborative projects aligned with the International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP). This AAFC-led call will provide the opportunity for Canadian wheat scientists to collaborate with the UK researchers in projects focused on IWYP priorities. IWYP is a public-private partnership with a goal to increase wheat’s genetic yield potential by 50% in the next 20 years.


IWYP has brought together public and private research organisations around the world, aiming to invest up to US$100 million in research. By fostering these alliances, IWYP provides a new approach to funding and conducting internationally competitive research projects. At their completion, these innovative, high risk projects will substantially boost global wheat productivity and contribute to meeting rising global demand.

Scientific objectives/scope

The research scope areas for the competitive call are the same as those of IWYP with the exception of hybrid wheat development and they include:

  • Increasing carbon capture before flowering
  • Increasing biomass
  • Optimizing harvest index
  • Enhancing photosynthetic pathways
  • Specific changes in plant architecture
  • Modifying phenology, for example flowering time
  • Increasing carbon flow into grains
  • Root structure and growth
  • Faster/alternative breeding methods
  • Modelling to define the optimal traits/combinations per environment.


Studies should be compatible with the budget (up to £200,000 per project for UK components). Applications from the UK must be in collaboration with an investigator based in Canada.

Standard BBSRC eligibility criteria, as described in section three of the grants guide, will be applied to the UK component of applications submitted to this call. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Research Council Institutes (RCIs) that are normally eligible to apply for research grants are eligible to apply to this call. Applications with non-eligible UK partners will not be considered for funding.

The UK component of applications should be costed on the basis of full economic costs (fEC). If the grant is awarded, BBSRC will provide funding on the basis of 80% of fEC. UK components of applications are limited to one UK Principal Investigator and are limited to £200,000 (80% fEC amount). UK Principal Investigators may only be involved in one application each.

Up to £750,000 in total is available from BBSRC to support the UK components of applications.

How to apply

This call is closed to applications.

The call is administered by AAFC. For more information and how to apply please visit the AAFC website.


Call for Letters of Intent October 2018
Deadline for submission of Letters of Intent 16 October 2018
Letters of Intent results and invitation to submit full proposals November 2018
Deadline for submission of full proposals January 2019
Announcement of results March 2019

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