As part of a new strategy to underpin food security, the CGIAR Research Program on Wheat (CRP WHEAT) will establish a multidisciplinary partnership to capture global expertise and resources, tentatively named the Heat and Drought Wheat Improvement Consortium -HeDWIC.
Development of HeDWIC is being facilitated by The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) in consultation with an international group of stakeholder organisations, under the CGIAR Research Program on Wheat.
In order to launch this initiative and to frame the discussion around the best ideas worldwide in plant stress technology, research ideas are invited for presentation at a conference in Frankfurt am Main, Germany (1-4th December, 2014), at which other stakeholders will be present, including a number of funding organisations that have expressed interest in the HeDWIC initiative.
Attendance of researchers whose proposals are selected for presentation will be sponsored. Applications should be made at the following website by September 1st 2014: Website form
While not compulsory, applicants are encouraged to position their research proposal in the context of the attached Research Framework that outlines broad approaches for tackling stress adaptation in crops:
- Component 1: Resource Capture and Utilization Efficiency
- Component 2: Reproductive Growth and Resource Partitioning
- Component 3: Impact targeting, and strategic deployment of traits and alleles
Please see the document attached below for more information.