Developing a new soil carbon programme

Published: November 21, 2022

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The NZAGRC is seeking research ideas to help develop a new Research & Development (R&D) Plan for soil carbon management. 

This R&D Plan will support the NZAGRC’s new Soil Carbon Science Strategy, which was developed with input from a wide range of stakeholders in late 2022 and is currently in final draft form. This work is motivated by the NZAGRC’s existing soil carbon research programme coming to an end in June 2023, with future funding informed by the new Strategy and R&D Plan.

The goal of the new Strategy is “to develop and support practical and science-based approaches for farmers and growers to protect and where possible enhance soil carbon stocks, while also meeting other land stewardship objectives.”

The NZAGRC is calling for high-level research ideas that will help deliver on the Strategy's goal. Ideas will be assessed by a specially assembled panel, with successful ideas used to inform the development of the new R&D Plan and associated programme of work. This process is expected to be completed in March 2023.

Please note that the NZAGRC is NOT seeking specific research proposals, rather higher-level research areas that can be prioritised and costed within an R&D Plan.

Scientists and other practitioners with research ideas to share are invited to download and fill in the Ideas Template and send it to fund@nzagrc.org.nz by 12pm, Monday 19 December 2022. Please make sure your research idea also aligns closely with the new Soil Carbon Science Strategy.

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Published: November 21, 2022