The CGIAR Generation Challenge Programme (GCP) wishes to invite interested and qualified institutions and organisations to make a formal offer to host the headquarters of the Integrated Breeding Platform. Interested institutions can download the Integrated Breeding Platform Hosting Call and the Intregrated Breeding Platform Brief documents and submit their offer online by midnight Mexico City Time on the 15th February 2014.
Formal Offers received by the closing date will be evaluated and ranked by a Taskforce established for the purpose. The ranking of potential host institutions will then be submitted to the GCP Executive Board and Consortium Committee, for consideration and endorsement by April 2014. Once the most suitable Host Institution is identified, the Host Agreement is proposed to be drafted and signed, ideally by June 2014.
Institutions that wish to submit a Formal Offer for a joint hosting arrangement may do so, clearly indicating which institution(s) would be the legal Host Institution. The primary or legal host institution must meet the selection criteria in Annex 1. The role(s) that other institution(s) in the joint offer may play (e.g. providing physical facilities for the IBP Headquarters) should be clearly explained.
The institution(s) selected to host IBP will benefit from being associated with a state-of-the art global initiative promoting the adoption of proven molecular breeding approaches in the developing world by providing access to modern breeding technologies, information and materials. In addition, there will be opportunities to interact with major development aid donors and a worldwide network of crop researchers from both the public and the private sectors.