Call for proposals: NRP 84| Project Funding


Event details

Date 14.03.2024
Category Call for proposal
National Research Programme 84 “Plant Breeding Innovation”

Pre-proposal submission: 14 March 2024
Full proposal Submission: 2 September 2024
Start of research phase: January-April 2025

CALL DOCUMENT available here.

Develop new plant trait combinations that confer greater resistance to pests and diseases or continued productivity in the face of drought, flooding or rising temperatures. The programme aims to identify and test new plant breeding technologies (NBTs), which involve targeted mutagenesis, DNA editing and cisgenic insertion of DNA constructs that do not lead to transgenic products, and to evaluate their application from agronomic, social, ethics, economic and regulatory perspectives in Switzerland.
Total budget: 10 million CHF for a research duration of 5 years

The programme is structured around 3 modules:
  • Module 1: Technical feasibility – will evaluate the use of NBTs to generate crop varieties with traits that improve crop productivity and quality and that permit environmentally and economically sustainable agricultural practices in Switzerland.
  • Module 2: Ethics, society, and economics – will examine ethical issues and factors that influence stakeholders’ attitudes and interests as well as the economic viability of the use of NBTs in agriculture.
  • Module 3: Regulatory considerations – will formulate policy recommendations for regulatory frameworks that promote innovation for sustainable applications of NBTs and serve to reduce biosafety and environmental risks.


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  • General public
  • Free


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