The New Zealand government has opened a fourth round of the New Zealand Fund for Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research (GPLER), the NZ Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC) has announced.
GPLER invests in collaborative projects that enhance innovative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions to reducing GHG emissions from pastoral livestock farming. It forms a key part of the New Zealand Government’s support for the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA), in particular its Livestock Research Group.
The round features a total of $9.2 million for investment in response to four research challenges spanning rumen function, nitrous oxide emissions, soil carbon change and improvements in farm-system level emissions intensity. Around $8 million is available for ‘standard’ types of projects, where some proof of concept has been demonstrated, and $1.2 million is available for ‘new ideas’ projects that are investigating concepts still at a fundamental level of research.
All projects must be completed by 30 June 2020.
The deadline for applications is 12:00 NZST, Friday 8 July 2016.
The GPLER Rules & Guidelines for Applicants, the pre-proposal application form and frequently asked questions can be downloaded from: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/funding-and-programmes/farming/global-partnerships-in-livestock-emissions-research/. Pre-proposals are welcomed from multi-disciplinary teams that pool the best international expertise, led by scientists from New Zealand or any other GRA country.