What to know when applying for the Accelerated Crop Breeding program
Full Applications Due: July 8, 2020 at 5:00pm ET
What We Are Looking For
Successful research project should focus on a genotype-independent technology and approach that would be applicable to multiple crop species. Solutions that are customized to a single species or select genotypes are not considered within scope.
About Accelerated Crop Breeding
Farmers regularly face challenges from insects, disease and climate change. To address these obstacles, our Crops of the Future Collaborative is providing research funding to develop transformative tools and technologies that allow scientists to rapidly introduce new traits into multiple crop species. Such tools and technologies would ultimately increase food security by providing more resilient, diverse and profitable crops for growers.
Introducing a new trait into a crop using traditional breeding methods requires 8-10 years before the enhanced crop reaches farmers. This program is developing methodologies to reduce this timeline by several years, getting improved crops into farmers’ hands sooner.
The Crops of the Future Collaborative aims to fund research on crops species that are well suited for sustainable agriculture, valuable for human nutrition and considered an under-appreciated crop that has not benefited from rapid breeding methods. The funded projects will develop a genotype-independent technology or approach that would be applicable to multiple crop species and foster the adoption of rapid breeding methods in those plants, such as in vitro double haploid production and genome editing.