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Sustainable Intensification Community Network

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Call status: Closed
Previous call: 1 October 2015 – 12 November 2015



Funding total

Funding of up to £80k per annum will be available for up to three years.


In partnership with NERC, seeks to fund a community-led network to encourage and facilitate high-quality systems-oriented research relevant to the sustainable intensification (SI) of agriculture, with an emphasis on multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches.

Key aims

The aims and scope of the network were derived at a workshop organised by us on 2 July 2015.

The principal aims for the network are to:

  • bring together new combinations of researchers from different disciplinary communities with roles to play in addressing SI
  • facilitate collaboration and stimulate proposals for innovative, systems-oriented research relevant to SI at the interfaces between disciplines in the biological and environmental (and social) sciences
  • enable the integration of genetics (in its broadest sense), agronomy, and environmental science in research to optimise agricultural systems (having regard also to their broader social and economic contexts)

The network will provide a forum for information exchange between researchers, and with funders and stakeholders, about inter alia research capabilities, facilities and resources, training opportunities, funding schemes and user needs.

Please see further objectives, expected outputs and outcomes and expectations of the Network Leader in the background download (see downloads).

Key dates

Activity Date
Closing date for applications 12 November 2015
Assessment of proposal(s) December 2015 TBC
Grant awarded and project starts January 2016 (awarded) to start early April 2016

Related calls: agriculture collaboration genetics innovation knowledge exchange multidisciplinary systems biology