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Sorghum, Millet and Other Grains Research Support Program seeks proposals

The Sorghum, Millet and Other Grains Collaborative Research Support Program is requesting proposals for new projects to focus on increasing food security and promoting market development of sorghum and pearl millet products for developing and transforming countries. The projects will develop linkages between the United States and Host Countries for Global Research, Capacity Building and Institutional Development.

The RFPs are designed to attract proposals from U.S. institutions with demonstrated capacity to participate in a research effort to expand the knowledge base for improvement of the productivity, resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses, utilization and economic benefits of sorghum and pearl millet in Africa, Central America and the United States. Targeted basic and applied research, education, short-term training and technology transfer will promote adoption and economic impact. The approach involves regional, interdisciplinary and multi-organizational teams. These projects will involve working with scientists of national agricultural research systems (NARS) in Africa and Central America to develop strategies to work effectively with farmers, technology transfer agents and processors.

The projects will be designed to improve the NARS research capability by providing technical support and training through on-site consultation in host countries, degree training and short-term training/study visits of host country national staff to the U.S. or regional centers. The project shall also contribute to the development of the sorghum and millet industry in the United States. Proposals are requested for the following projects:

Breeding

  • RFP 107 – Breeding Pearl Millet with Improved Performance, Stability and Resistance to Pests
  • RFP 407 – Breeding Sorghum with Improved Grain Quality, Performance, Stability and Resistance to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses
  • RFP 507 – Breeding Sorghum for Improved Resistance to Striga and Drought in Africa
  • RFP 607 – Breeding Sorghum for Improved Grain, Forage Quality and Yield for Central America
  • RFP 707 – Breeding Sorghum for Improved Resistance to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses and Enhanced End-Use Characteristics for Southern Africa

Integrated Pest Management

  • RFP 207 – Ecologically – Based Management of Sorghum and Pearl Millet Insect Pests
  • RFP 307- Ecologically – Based Management of Sorghum and Pearl Millet Diseases

Agronomy

  • RFP 807 – Crop, Soil and Water Management to Optimize Grain Yield and Quality for Value-Added Markets
  • in West Africa
  • RFP 907 – Crop, Soil and Water Management to Optimize Grain Yield and Quality for Value-Added Markets in East and Southern Africa

Food Science

  • RFP 1007 – Product and Market Development for Sorghum and Pearl Millet in Southern Africa and Central
  • AmericaRFP 1107 – Product and Market Development for Sorghum and Pearl Millet in East Africa
  • RFP 1307 – Product and Market Development for Sorghum and Pearl Millet in West Africa

Animal Nutrition

  • RFP 1207- Poultry Nutrition

Marketing Economics

  • RFP 1407 – Development of Input Markets in East and Southern Africa
  • RFP 1507 – Development of Input Markets in West Africa

The deadline for submission of proposals is 5:00 p.m., Central Standard Time, Monday, April 16, 2007. For detailed information, see the INTSORMIL web site, http://intsormil.org, or contact the Sorghum, Millet and Other Grains CRSP Management Entity Office by phone, (402) 472-6032; fax (402) 472-7978; or Email SRMLCRSP@UNL.EDU
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