Agricultural science and technology is being increasingly
driven by the global challenges of rising populations, rapid
development of emerging economies and global shortages of land, water
and energy. These challenges are made even more difficult in light of
the impact of a changing climate and other factors.
UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) along with the
National Natural Science Foundation of China is launching a call for
proposals that will advance scientific research in space applications
such as remote sensing, information acquisition, data processing,
modelling and simulation, to target challenges faced by the Chinese
from satellites, aerial and high altitude platforms already play a
large role in monitoring of the land surface, however trade-offs often
have to be made between spectral, spatial and temporal resolution.
Satellite positioning and robotic technologies can complement remote
sensed measurements through their application in ground based sensors.
these technologies have the potential to enable a range of practical
applications, under the overall theme of sustainable intensification
- Improved detection and monitoring of crop productivity;
- Early identification and monitoring of disease;
- Farm system management and optimisation; and
- Monitoring of farming methods on a regional and national level.
joint call aims to combine the UK and China’s research strengths in
satellite technologies and expertise in satellite-derived data products
to solve fundamental scientific and technology barriers and provide
research-driven decision making tools for farmers and policy makers.
UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the National
Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) are pleased to announce a
call for collaborative proposals in space applications for Agri-Tech.
has made available a budget of £4m to fund eligible UK researchers,
with matched equivalent funding from NSFC. STFC funds will specifically
be used to support UK researchers, while NSFC funds will support Chinese
researchers. For UK applicants, the maximum budget available per
proposal is £1,000,000. Chinese applicants should contact NSFC regarding
their budget allocation. Applicants do not need to request equal
amounts from China and the UK, but the amounts should reflect the
difference in covered costs and local prices. The funders also expect
the costs on each side to accurately reflect the research effort to be
It is expected that up
to 4 projects will be funded, spanning one or more of the research
themes listed below. Projects will be up to three years in duration and
are expected to start on 1 st April 2016.
call forms part of STFC’s Newton Fund activities and therefore requires
the UK component of projects to meet Overseas Development Assistance
(ODA) criteria alongside their scientific objectives. The purpose of the
call is to build on the combined strengths of academic research groups
within China and the UK to work together on collaborative
multi-disciplinary research that will support long-term sustainability
of Chinese agriculture.
are invited to submit collaborative research proposals comprising
eligible researchers from the UK and China. Proposals will be required
to have at least one Principal Investigator from UK and one Principal
Investigator from China.
for proposals will require applicants to work together in partnership on
research projects where each country’s component is funded by the
participating agency in their country. Eligibility to apply is
determined by each agency’s eligibility rules and the nature of the
resources requested must also adhere to each agency’s guidelines.
Further information is presented below.
The deadline for receipt of full proposals is: 17 th December 2015: 16:00 GMT for UK applicants and 16:00 CST for Chinese applicants.”
|Call opens||13th November 2015 |
Closing date to submit proposal
17th December 2015
- 16:00 GMT for UK Applicants
- 16:00 local time for Chinese applicants
|Joint Panel meets||March 2016 |
|Successful proposals announced||March 2016|
|Grants commencing||1 April 2016|