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Newton Fund UK-China-Philippines-Thailand-Vietnam call for collaborative research proposals in rice research

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Call status: Closed
Previous call: 12 June 2015 – 13 August 2015


  • Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
  • Thailand National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA)
  • Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development and Department of Science and Technology (PCAARRD DOST)
  • Philippine Rice Research Institute, Department of Agriculture Philippines (DA PhilRice)
  • Ministry of Science and Technology Vietnam (MOST)

Funding total

£6.7M was awarded by BBSRC, with matched resources from partner funders.

Projects funded

Reference Project title UK Lead Investigator/Supervisor Research organisation Amount (RC contribution)
BB/N013603/1 Molecular Characterization and Genetic Analysis of Nutritional Components of Philippine Indigenous Pigmented Rice Germplasm Dr Lesley Boyd National Inst of Agricultural Botany £644,834
BB/N013611/1 Super-Rice: a UK-China Collaboration to Improve Rice Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) Professor Nicholas Harberd University of Oxford £598,136
BB/N01362X/1 Real Time deployment of pathogen resistance genes in rice Dr Frank van den Bosch Rothamsted Research £479,403
BB/N013646/1 Climate ready rice: Optimising transpiration to protect rice yields under abiotic stresses Professor Julie Gray The University of Sheffield £789,275
BB/N013662/1 Rice Research Newton Fund: Exploiting a Cyanobacterial CO2 Concentrating Mechanism to Increase Photosynthesis and Yield in Rice Professor Martin Parry Lancaster University £341,221
BB/N013670/1 Developing Rice with Increased Resistance to Salinity and Drought Dr Frans Maathuis University of York £684,773
BB/N013689/1 Developing rice resources for resilience to climate change and mitigation of carbon emissions Professor Simon McQueen-Mason University of York £787,883
BB/N013697/1 Rhizo-Rice: a novel ideotype for deeper roots and improved drought tolerance Dr Jonathan Lynch The University of Nottingham £325,299
BB/N013700/1 Maintaining rice reproduction under high temperature stress:- identifying mechanisms and germplasm to increase crop resilience Professor Zoe A Wilson The University of Nottingham £445,553
BB/N013719/1 A 3D Model of Photosynthesis to Inform Breeding for Improved Rice Performance in a Changing Climate Professor Andrew James Fleming The University of Sheffield £572,486
BB/N013735/1 Sequencing and exploitation of the genetic diversity in Vietnamese native rice lines to serve research and breeding programs Professor Mario Caccamo National Inst of Agricultural Botany £431,747
BB/N013743/1 Large scale dynamic integration of proteomics and genomics to support next-generation rice research Professor Andrew Jones University of Liverpool £152,141
BB/N013808/1 Enhanced Rice quality for Health (EnRicH) Dr Alison Lovegrove Rothamsted Research £493,525


To build on the combined strengths of academic research groups within China, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and the UK to work together on collaborative interdisciplinary research that will underpin the long-term sustainable production of rice.

Key aims

  • To support innovative basic, strategic or applied research that will contribute to and underpin long-term sustainable production of rice, including an understanding that rice production sits alongside the provision of other ecosystem services
  • Proposals were welcomed which addressed the following challenges in rice:
    • Greater resilience to biotic and abiotic stresses
    • Improved resource use efficiency (including Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Water)
    • Improved quality of rice (including nutritional enhancement and grain quality)
    • Novel research tool and technology development supporting the above areas (including systems biology, bioinformatics, screening and characterisation of germplasm for gene and trait discovery)
  • In addition, proposals were welcomed in the following areas and countries:
    • Improved photosynthetic efficiency in rice (China, Thailand, UK)
    • Environmentally sustainable rice cultivation systems (Thailand, Philippines, UK)
    • Utilisation of rice by-products (Philippines, Vietnam, UK)
    • Sustainably increasing the genetic yield potential of rice (China, UK)

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