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  1. 1. 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 million Go to www.monsanto.com/mbbischolars for information and application forms Source: CIMMYT
  2. 2. Monsanto, Agriculture and Monsanto Agriculture and SUSTAINABILITY
  3. 3. Monsanto’s Commitment to  Sustainable Agriculture • Producing  more •CConserving  i more • Improving lives
  4. 4. Goal: Help farmers double yields of corn, soybeans  and cotton from 2000‐2030
  5. 5. Commitment: Help farmers reduce use of key resources used in  Help farmers reduce use of key resources used in agriculture by 1/3 per unit of output
  6. 6. Source: CIMMYT Commitment: Farmers of all sizes become more productive, including  Farmers of all sizes become more productive, including 5M people in resource‐poor families
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. Food for All: Rice and Wheat $10 Million for Research $10 Milli f R h
  9. 9. Food for All: Rice and Wheat $10 Million for Research $10 illi f h
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. Supplying the world's  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
  12. 12. Our Mentors for Monsanto’s Beachell‐Borlaug International  B h ll B l I i l Scholars Program Dr. Henry Beachell Dr. Norman Borlaug
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. MBBI Scholars Program First  and Second Year Results and Second Year Results • Program is directed by Dr. Ed Runge, e‐runge@tamu.edu 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
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. 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 
  19. 19. 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.
  20. 20. 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.
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. 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.
  23. 23. 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. 
  24. 24. 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.
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. 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
  27. 27. Data on First Cycle of MBBIScholars Crop Student Country University Collaborator Rice Cruz Colombia Cali Arkansas Wheat Dakouri Syria Manitoba ICARDA Wheat Dugo Ethiopia Bologna Ethiopia Wheat Basnet Nepal Texas A&M CIMMYT Wheat Terrile Argentina Buenos Aires Germany Wheat Pinto-Gonzalez Mexico Adelaide CIMMYT Wheat Bhanu India Kansas State CIMMYT Wheat Kumsa Ethiopia Nebraska Turkey Rice Zhang China CAAS Georgia Rice Moreno Colombia Melbourne Colombia Wheat Macharia Kenya Minnesota Kenya Wheat Soltani Iran North Dakota ICARDA
  28. 28. Data on Second Cycle of MBBIScholars Crop Student Country University Collaborator Rice Ahlert Brazil Pelotas Purdue Rice Alam Bangladesh UC-Riverside IRRI Rice Arbeleaz Colombia Cornell Colombia/IRRI Wheat Bansal India John Innes CIMMYT Wheat Bassi Italy y North Dakota State Syria/ICARDA y Rice Calingacion Philippines Wageningen IRRI Wheat Chick USA Texas A&M CIMMYT Wheat Crespo-Herrera Crespo Herrera Mexico Sweden CIMMYT Wheat Edae Ethiopia Colorado State CIMMYT Rice Feldman England Nottingham Malaysia/IRRI Rice Kim Korea Chungnam UC-Davis Wheat Shrestha Nepal Washington State CIMMYT Wheat Sandhu India Punjab Agr Univ Switzerland Wheat Tomar India Haryana Agr Univ UC-Davis
  29. 29. Meeting each other
  30. 30. Meeting World Food Prize Laureate
  31. 31. Interacting with Judging Panel Members P lM b
  32. 32. "There are no miracles in agricultural production." Dr. Dr Norman Borlaug Source: IRRI
  33. 33. "There are no miracles in agricultural production." Dr. Dr Norman Borlaug Thank You Source: IRRI