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Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development  (BREAD)


Name Email Phone Room
Wayne  Parrott BREAD-WG@nsf.gov (703) 292-4400  690N  
Diane Jofuku  Okamuro BREAD-WG@nsf.gov (703) 292-4400  690N  
Anne  W. Sylvester BREAD-WG@nsf.gov (703) 292-4400  690N  


Solicitation  15-538

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


The Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) Program was established in 2009 as a National Science Foundation (NSF) program supported in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The goal of BREAD is to support innovative basic scientific research designed to address key constraints to smallholder agriculture in the developing world. Proposals submitted to BREAD must make a clear and well-defined connection between the outcomes of the proposed basic research and its direct relevance and potential application to agriculture in the developing world.

In FY 2015, activities in two focus areas will be supported: (1) Developing High Throughput, Low Cost Phenotyping Tools and Devices to facilitate assessment of field-based phenotypes, especially for root and tuber crops (PHENO), and (2) Advancing Basic Research in Crop Plants Relevant to Smallholder Agriculture in Developing Countries (ABRDC) to develop critically needed sequence and functional genomics resources to enable basic and applied research in crop plants important for smallholder agriculture.

As in past competitions, proposals are expected to address project outcomes in the context of broader societal impacts, and as appropriate to the research proposed, engage international partners in scientific collaborations.


Developing Country Collaborations in Plant Genome Research (Dear Colleague Letter) (NSF 04-563)

National Science Foundation Announces Partnership with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Foster Sustainable Agricultural Solutions Around the World (PR 09-053)

Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) (NSF 10-589)

Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) (NSF 09-566)


Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development

Plant Genome Research Program


BREAD Ideas Challenge Dear Colleague Letter

Frequently Asked Questions: Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD)

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

National Plant Genome Initiative Five Year Plan (2009-2013)

NSF Provides $20 Million to Support 15 Projects Through BREAD Program

Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)

Emerging Technologies to Benefit Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia (National Academy of Science, 2009)

IFDC - An International Center for Soil Fertility & Agricultural Development

InterAcademy Council - Publications

International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2008 (Food and Agriculture Organization, 2008)

United Nations Millennium Development Goals

World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development (World Bank, 2007)



What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)


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