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Media Teleconference: NSF and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Address Worldwide Agricultural Challenges

Teleconference on Monday, March 30, 11:30 a.m. ET

Photo of rows of crops.

BREAD will support research that addresses smallholder agriculture in the developing world.
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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.


Media Contacts
Dana Topousis, National Science Foundation, (703) 292-7750,

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) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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