Monsanto’s Beachell‐Borlaug International Scholars’ Program Funded at $2 Million per year for 5 years – total Funded at $2 Million per year for 5 years – total $10 millionGo to www.monsanto.com/mbbischolars for information and application forms Source: CIMMYT
Monsanto, Agriculture andMonsanto Agriculture and SUSTAINABILITY
Monsanto’s Commitment to Sustainable Agriculture• Producing more•CConserving i more• Improving lives
Goal:Help farmers double yields of corn, soybeans and cotton from 2000‐2030
Commitment:Help farmers reduce use of key resources used in Help farmers reduce use of key resources used inagriculture by 1/3 per unit of output
Source: CIMMYTCommitment:Farmers of all sizes become more productive, including Farmers of all sizes become more productive, including5M people in resource‐poor families
What is Sustainability? y• “. . . development that meets the needs of the present without needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations“ Next Generation Plant Scientists
Food for All: Rice and Wheat $10 Million for Research $10 Milli f R h
Food for All: Rice and Wheat $10 Million for Research $10 illi f h
Yield improvement of corn vs. other crops vs other crops How did this happen?• Breeding, biotech and agronomics• Excellent genetics – diploid, large diversity pool, extensive improvements over wild varieties g p , g yp , p• Investment in research U.S. AVERAGE CROP YIELDS (1866–2006) Corn nnes/ha) Yield (ton Sorghum Barley Wheat Soybean Oats Rye Cotton Year SOURCE: USDA, NASS
Supplying the worlds daily bread:• Wheat Facts and Futures. Increasing at only 0.9% each year, wheat production is lagging behind the demands of a global population that grows 1.5% or more annually.• Rice Facts and Futures. Increasing at a rate less than increase in population.• Corn is the major exception with yield increases larger than increase in population. g p p
Our Mentors for Monsanto’s Beachell‐Borlaug International B h ll B l I i l Scholars Program Dr. Henry BeachellDr. Norman Borlaug
Monsanto‐Beachell‐Borlaug Scholars Program• P ti i Prestigious competitive titi fellowships to train the scholars capable of becoming leaders in agriculture in the most advanced breeding advanced breeding technologies available to address the greatest global challenges of Rice and h ll f Ri d Wheat. We are looking for the best and brightest Left to right – Hugh Grant, President and Chairman – Monsanto; Norman Borlaug; and Ted Crosbie, Vice Monsanto; Norman Borlaug; and Ted Crosbie Vice students. President for Global Plant Breeding ‐ Monsanto
Monsanto’s Beachell‐ Monsanto’s Beachell‐Borlaug International Scholars Program International Scholars Program• Funding: $2 Million/yr Funding: $2 Million/yr. for 5 years – total $10 for 5 years – million • Prestigious competitive fellowships to educate scholars capable of scholars capable of becoming leaders in agriculture • Focus on addressing global challenges of Rice Left to right – Hugh Grant, President and Chairman – and Wheat. and Wheat and Wheat. Wheat. Monsanto; Norman Borlaug; and Ted Crosbie, Vice Monsanto; Norman Borlaug; and Ted Crosbie Vice President for Global Plant Breeding ‐ Monsanto
Benefits of MBBI Scholars Program Benefits of MBBI Scholars Program• Seeks to increase capacity in developed and p y p developing countries for scientific research• Link institutions in developed and developing countries. • Students must conduct part of their research in each linked institution. i h li k d i tit ti• Provides a full package of support for winning students winning students • Student stipend, tuition, fees, travel, funds Source: CIMMYT for collaborating institutions and professor. g p for collaborating institutions and professor
MBBI Scholars Program First and Second Year Results and Second Year Results• Program is directed by Dr. Ed Runge, e‐firstname.lastname@example.org Program is directed by Dr. Ed Runge, e‐• Administered by the Texas AgriLife Research Center, Texas Administered by the Texas AgriLife Research Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843‐ A&M University, College Station, TX 77843‐2474 –48 & 47 applications received in 1st & 2nd round –12 & 14 funded (from 17 different countries) – Students are from Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia (3), England, Ethiopia (3), Kenya, Korea, India (4), C l bi (3) l d hi i (3) di ( ) Iran, Italy, Mexico (2), Nepal (2), Philippines, Syria & USA.• Funded fellowships: 17 in wheat and 9 in rice breeding Funded fellowships: 17 in wheat and 9 in rice breeding Funded fellowships: 17 in wheat and 9 in rice breeding• 3rd Round Applications: November 1, 2010 to February 1, 2011. Round Applications: November 1, 2010 to February 1, 2011.• More Information: http://www.monsanto.com/mbbischolars
Key Elements Key Elements• Funds are awarded based on • Merit of the student • Accomplishments of the sponsoring professor • Merit of the project/laboratory Merit of the project/laborator • The PhD proposal submitted with the application • Collaborating institution & scientist identified in the PhD proposal• Link institutions in developed and developing countries. • Students must conduct part of their research in each linked institution. The judging panel in each linked institution The judging panel granted no exceptions. Source: CIMMYT
Program Support The Program pays all costs related to the PhD study and includes ‐• Student stipend and tuition• Fees and medical insurance• Travel and field work at the home university; and at the collaborating university or CGIAR center, or other international research center or institute. Includes research costs for the collaborating institution.• Support for advising professor • Funds for one conference and one home leave d f f d h l• The Program does not require matching funds
Eligibility Criteria• F Focus on a critical genetic constraint affecting rice or wheat ii l i i ff i i h production, particularly in a developing country• Pairing of university professor and student focusing on key Pairing of university professor and student focusing on key constraints• Aspect of Ph.D. program includes experiential learning in both developed and developing countries. b hd l d dd l For this program ‐ Australia, Canada, Europe and USA are considered Europe and USA are considered developed countries. • Students must do part of their degree in one Students must do part of their degree in one of these countries and in another country.• Students need to identify research that will be accomplished in each country in their PhD proposal.
Eligibility Criteria (cont)• Completion of Master’s Degree or equivalent, preferably l f ’ l f bl in Plant Breeding, Genetics, or related area.• Fulfillment of entrance requirements of the university Fulfillment of entrance requirements of the university where the student is applying.• Demonstrated commitment from student to work in a emonstrated commitment from student to work in a university, national program or international institute in their home country/region upon graduation. • Reputation of quality science and financial controls of the participating university. • P Program funds will be transferred yearly to the host f d ill b t f d l t th h t university based upon the budget submitted. The university disburses the funds in compliance with the y p budget submitted including funds to collaborators.
International Panel of Judges Dr. Catherine Feuillet Dr. Catherine Feuillet Dr. Monty Jones Dr. Gurdev Khush Dr. Ronald Phillips Dr Ronald Phillips Dr. Sanjay Rajaram Prof. Dr. Huqu Zhai Dr. Ted Crosbie, Ex‐Officio Dr Ted Crosbie Ex‐Officio Dr. Edward Runge, Program Director and Chair of the Panel of Judges Left to right: Runge, Beachell Runge Beachell & Borlaug
Some questions that might need clarification l f• Who is eligible to apply? Any student from any country who will be pursuing a PhD in Rice or Wheat Breeding. Students p g g having 2 or more years remaining on their PhD progam are also encouraged to apply. Support for PhD study is for 3 years and with justification up to 4 years. • Are students from developed and developing countries eligible to apply? Yes any PhD student in rice or wheat breeding anywhere in the World is eligible to apply.• How is the application submitted? Students need to go to www.monsanto.com/mbbischolars for forms and instructions, then they need to work with their Major Professor (Advisor) to fill in details of their program. The Professor (Advisor) to fill in details of their program The Major Professor submits the application electronically. Applications are due between November 1, 2010 to February 1, 2011. The same schedule will be followed in 2012, and 1, 2011. The same schedule will be followed in 2012, and 2013.
Some questions that might need clarification (continued) l f ( d)• Where will Students do their research? Students must do part of their research in a developing or transition country and part in a th i hi d l i t iti t d ti developed country. For the MBBI Scholars Program developed countries are defined as Australia, Canada, Western Europe and USA. Students can be enrolled in any university anywhere in the y y y World that offers a PhD in rice or wheat breeding• Students from Australia, Canada, Western Europe and the USA must do part of their research in a developing country.• Students from transition and developing countries must do part of their research in Australia, Canada, Western Europe or USA. • This requirement is to ensure that students gain a “World View” and that they have the opportunity to utilize the latest advances in and that they have the opportunity to utilize the latest advances in molecular techniques, gene identification, and other aspects of what is commonly referred to as genetic engineering.
Some questions that might need clarification (continued) l ifi i ( i d)• How is the student’s PhD research program organized? The student and the major professor need to work together in j p g designing a significant research program that focuses on a critical constraint limiting rice or wheat production. Students are expected to gain experience with programs at their university and with programs at the collaborating institution. i it d ith t th ll b ti i tit ti We visualize that students will work with professors/scientists elsewhere in the world; with universities; with CGIAR research centers such as CIMMYT, ICARDA, IRRI, WARDA, etc; (CGIAR centers such as CIMMYT ICARDA IRRI WARDA etc; (CGIAR centers do not fulfill the developed country requirement) or with other established research centers anywhere in the world that will facilitate reaching the objectives of their PhD g j research. Such experience and collaboration should prove valuable throughout their career in plant breeding.• All submissions are in English and transmitted electronically.
CHECK LIST• A li i i l d Application includes – A completed application form • Download application form at Download application form at www.monsanto.com/mbbischolars – Curriculum vitae of student and professor (limit 5 pages) – Transcripts of prior university course work (Scanned copies are acceptable if certified as true copies by Major Professor) –AA project proposal, not to exceed five double‐spaced pages j l d fi d bl d that includes the annualized budget detail • See project proposal and budget details at See project proposal and budget details at www.monsanto.com/mbbischolars – Two letters of recommendation that speak to the significance of the proposed project and the applicant’s qualifications to f h d j d h li ’ lifi i carry it out
1st & 2nd Year Results & 2 Year Results• 48 & 47 applications were received• 12 & 14 applications were funded 12 & 14 applications were funded• Funded applications included 17 in wheat breeding and 9 in rice breeding breeding and 9 in rice breeding• We hope to approve more applications in rice breeding in the future. breeding in the future• Applications are due between November 1, 2010 and February 1, 2011. 2010 and February 1 2011• Application Information is located at www.monsanto.com/mbbischolars www monsanto com/mbbischolars
Data on First Cycle of MBBIScholarsCrop Student Country University CollaboratorRice Cruz Colombia Cali ArkansasWheat Dakouri Syria Manitoba ICARDAWheat Dugo Ethiopia Bologna EthiopiaWheat Basnet Nepal Texas A&M CIMMYTWheat Terrile Argentina Buenos Aires GermanyWheat Pinto-Gonzalez Mexico Adelaide CIMMYTWheat Bhanu India Kansas State CIMMYTWheat Kumsa Ethiopia Nebraska TurkeyRice Zhang China CAAS GeorgiaRice Moreno Colombia Melbourne ColombiaWheat Macharia Kenya Minnesota KenyaWheat Soltani Iran North Dakota ICARDA
Data on Second Cycle of MBBIScholarsCrop Student Country University CollaboratorRice Ahlert Brazil Pelotas PurdueRice Alam Bangladesh UC-Riverside IRRIRice Arbeleaz Colombia Cornell Colombia/IRRIWheat Bansal India John Innes CIMMYTWheat Bassi Italy y North Dakota State Syria/ICARDA yRice Calingacion Philippines Wageningen IRRIWheat Chick USA Texas A&M CIMMYTWheat Crespo-Herrera Crespo Herrera Mexico Sweden CIMMYTWheat Edae Ethiopia Colorado State CIMMYTRice Feldman England Nottingham Malaysia/IRRIRice Kim Korea Chungnam UC-DavisWheat Shrestha Nepal Washington State CIMMYTWheat Sandhu India Punjab Agr Univ SwitzerlandWheat Tomar India Haryana Agr Univ UC-Davis