The Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) programme has announced a call for research proposals as part of the second phase of the Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative. The first phase of this initiative supported a number of capacity and consortium-building awards, details of which can be found here: http://randd.defra.gov.uk/.
This initiative will provide a commitment of up to £9M over the next few years to support high quality, multi-disciplinary strategic research in this area. The purpose is:
• To generate natural and social scientific knowledge to inform the development of innovative ways of addressing current and emerging threats to trees and woodland ecosystems from pathogens and pests
• To support the future health and resilience of trees, woodlands and their associated ecosystems
• To facilitate collaboration between specialists in tree or forest research, and leading-edge scientists from the wider natural, biological, social, economic or other relevant research communities
• To encourage and make best use of interdisciplinary and systems approaches, and improve the impact and integration of social research and economics in this area
Translation of knowledge and evidence from studies of pests and diseases of agricultural crops, and from ecological and environmental studies is of particular interest.
The deadline for applications is 02 July 2013, 4pm
For more information please visit the BBSRC website: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/2013/tree-health-and-plant-biosecurity-phase2.aspx