Media Advisory 09-007
Media Teleconference: NSF and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Address Worldwide Agricultural Challenges
Teleconference on Monday, March 30, 11:30 a.m. ET
March 26, 2009
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will discuss a nearly $50 million partnership to support innovative solutions to critical agricultural challenges in developing countries.
The new award program, called BREAD--Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development--will support a competitive award program for scientific research projects that address serious constraints to smallholder agriculture in the developing world.
|Who:||James Collins, NSF assistant director for biological sciences|
| ||Rob Horsch, deputy director of the agricultural development initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation|
| ||Jane Silverthorne, NSF deputy division director for biological infrastructure|
| ||Deborah Delmer, NSF program director for BREAD|
|What:||Media teleconference to discuss the new BREAD program|
|When:||Monday, March 30, 2009, 11:30 a.m. ET |
To participate in the teleconference, reporters in the United States should call 1 (866) 617-1526, passcode BREAD.
Dana Topousis, National Science Foundation, (703) 292-7750, firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2014, its budget is $7.2 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 50,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes about 11,500 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $593 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
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