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Congratulations to the 2013 BREAD Ideas Challenge Winners! Of the hundreds of entrants from around the world, thirteen competitors have been chosen as the 2013 BREAD Ideas Challenge Winners! Read the press release and see the BREAD Ideas Challenge website for more information about the winners and their prize-winning challenges, as well as updates on the upcoming EAGER competition.

Thank you again to everyone who submitted your challenges, and stay tuned for announcements throughout the summer!

Nora Lapitan, (703) 292-4400
Room 690N

Diane Jofuku Okamuro, (703) 292-4400
Room 690N

Thomas Okita, (703) 292-4400
Room 690N

Solicitation 11-579

Important Notice to Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 13-1, was issued on October 4, 2012 and is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 14, 2013. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 13-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Please be aware that significant changes have been made to the PAPPG to implement revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. While the two merit review criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Changes will affect the project summary and project description sections of proposals. Annual and final reports also will be affected.

A by-chapter summary of this and other significant changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide.

Current but no Longer Receiving Proposals

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) are partnering to support a new research program to be administered by NSF. The objective of the BREAD Program is to support innovative basic scientific research designed to address key constraints to smallholder agriculture in the developing world. A significant distinction between BREAD and other NSF programs is that proposals 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. The BREAD Program takes the activities of the Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) to the next level by supporting a broader range of scientific research and by enabling funding to be allocated to international collaborators through subawards.

The Program's focus is on novel, transformative basic research at the proof-of-concept stage rather than its application or development. Especially encouraged are original proposals that address major constraints to the productivity of crops important to smallholder farmers, or on the development of novel and efficient production practices. Although the Program places an initial emphasis on crop improvement, it will also consider innovative basic research proposals from scientists in all fields of research in the biological and physical sciences and engineering as long as the proposed research is consistent with the Program objectives. Proposals are also 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.

Frequently Asked Questions: Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) (NSF 11-082)
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)

Opportunities that Highlight International Collaboration
Plant Genome Research Program

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

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