We are pleased to announce that the Feed the Future Innovation Lab Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes, known as the Dry Grain Pulses Collaborative Research Support Program (Pulse CRSP) from 2007 to 2012 and now to be called the Legume Innovation Lab, has been awarded a $24.5 million extension for 4.5 years, through September 29, 2017.
The research work of Pulse CRSP PI Dr. Barry Pittendrigh (PI-UIUC-1) was featured on the Big Ten Network in February 2013.
Link to main video article
Dr. Irv Widders, director, and Dr. Cynthia Donovan, deputy director, Legume Innovation Lab, were interviewed at the 2012 World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, in December 2012, on how grain legumes contribute to Feed the Future Strategic Initiatives. Link to Video.
(This column is updated regularly to reflect vital information for researchers and managers connected to PULSE CRSP projects and grants. If nothing is listed, nothing is immediately due.)
Technical Management Advisory Committee
The Technical Management Advisory Committee (TMAC) is an advisory body that performs both strategic planning and monitoring functions. The Management Office (MO) will consult with the TMAC on emerging issues and technologies, strategies for building sustainable institutional capacity and achieving development impacts, and program management approaches.
Reviewing project workplans and performance indicators
Monitoring the scientific quality and productivity of projects and recommending adjustments
Advising the MO on the extension of Phase I projects into Phase II
Identifying and advising the MO on strategic topical areas for future RFPs
The TMAC is composed of seven members: two external individuals of international stature, one industry representative, one representative of an IARC, three CRSP PIs including at least one from a HC, and the CTO (who will have a vote).
The TMAC will be formed after the subawards are selected and partner institutions identified. The four non-CRSP external members will be appointed by the MO in consultation with the CTO for the five-year duration of the Leader award based on their qualifications and experience. The three internal members (CRSP PIs) will be elected by the PIs for staggered two-year terms of service.
The TMAC will hold three face-to-face meetings over the five-year period, but is expected to conduct most of its business through conference calls and electronic communication.
Announcements & Opportunities
U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute
The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Program is offering a two-week learning program for graduate students interested in developing a holistic understanding of the conceptual challenges around global food security with a focus on cross-disciplinary problem solving of real-world development challenges. For more information, click here.