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NSF Launches $10,000 BREAD Ideas Challenge

The first phase will comprise an Ideas Challenge offering up to 25 prizes of $10,000 USD each for the best ideas for innovative, potentially transformative research foci that, if successfully addressed, could eventually be of significant benefit to smallholder farmers in developing countries. Research challenges will be accepted in any area of basic research and technology development in all fields of biological and physical sciences and engineering as long as the proposed research challenge is consistent with the BREAD Program objectives. Ideas for research foci and challenges will be accepted between April 1 and April 30, 2013 from individuals who are graduate students, postdoctoral associates or faculty at an eligible institution (e.g., a university, college, or non-profit research organization including museums, research laboratories, professional societies or similar organizations that are directly associated with educational or research activities) in the U.S. or internationally. Ideas will be judged by a panel of experts, and prizewinners announced in May 2013.

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