AHDB issues £1m call for new research projects

AHDB has issued a call for new research projects, making funding of up to £1 million available for its postgraduate studentship programme. The call doesn’t include AHDB Pork, however.

The overall research call, which equates to support for around 15 PhD studentships, is open to all research institutes, universities and colleges to install students by the start of the 2016/17 academic year.

“Applicants will be expected to show that their proposals meet the research priorities of at least one of the AHDB divisions taking part in the programme – Beef and Lamb, Cereals and Oilseeds, Horticulture, Dairy and Potatoes,” said AHDB.

As regards pork, the organisation added: “AHDB Pork is not actively seeking applications for PhD studentships. However, it welcomes ideas for potential research projects.”

“Supporting the next generation of scientists and delivering relevant and practical research to levy payers is an important part of AHDB’s long term strategy,” said AHDB Beef and Lamb’s Head of Research and Development, Kim Matthews.

“Many of our PhD students go on to develop successful careers in agriculture and horticultural research. We are looking for a high standard of applications that can demonstrate an understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing farmers, growers and processors.”

The call for new projects will close on September 14, 2015, with successful projects announced in January 2016.

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