Studentship funding call opens for academic institutions

AHDB has called for academic institutions to apply for almost £750,000 worth of funding to support up-to-10 PhD studentships, to shape the long-term future of the industry.

Starting in 2020, the studentships will deliver the next generation of experts and develop science with practical benefits across agriculture and horticulture.

The 10 studentships will focus on the core research priorities identified by AHDB, which include integrated pest management, data, genetics, environment, animal health and welfare and business.

Dr Bill Parker, AHDB Director of Research, said: “We have coordinated our research priorities between sectors, and this call for new scientific talent acknowledges that the landscape we work within is rapidly changing.

“We also have a focus on changing industry behaviour, whether that is increasing adoption of integrated pest management, utilising data and technology or improving labour management.”

This invitation is open to all UK universities, colleges and research institutes.

Organisations will be expected to demonstrate a record of excellence in the specific area of research as well as providing high-quality and well-managed research degree programmes.

Similar to last year, AHDB is collaborating with the AgriFood Charities Partnership (AFCP) to co-fund a PhD studentship in a topic relevant to both either ammonia and/or carbon in the environment and responsible antibiotic use in calv

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