International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad, India has been sub-awarded two grants and Punjab Agricultural University sub-awarded one grant out of the total awarded 15 grants in the inaugural year of the Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) program.
The BREAD grant has been awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support basic research that will build a foundation for generating sustainable, science-based solutions to agricultural problems in developing countries.
The five-year program is jointly funded with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Through the partnership between the Gates Foundation and the BREAD program, NSF is supporting international projects, with funding provided to both U.S. institutions and their international collaborators.
The awards in this first year of funding will allow scientists to employ novel, creative approaches and technologies to address common constraints faced by small-holder farmers.
Panchabuta would like to congratulate the Indian scientists and their American collaborators in winning the inaugural BREAD grants where the NSF had obtained overwhelming interest with proposals from 130 U.S. institutions in 45 states, partnering with more than 200 institutions in 68 countries.
NSF Press Release here